Gwyneth Paltrow calls Shallow Hal her least favourite role: 'It was a disaster'

Gwyneth Paltrow has said her least favourite performance was in the 2001 movie Shallow Hal, calling it a ‘disaster’.

The Oscar-winning actress starred alongside Jack Black in the Farrelly Brothers comedy, which saw Black’s character, Hal, seeing people’s inner beauty reflected in their outward appearance.

And the role – which required Paltrow to wear a fat suit to portray an overweight woman – still grates on Gwyneth.

The 47-year-old appeared in a Netflix video with her assistant and best friend Kevin Keating, who she quizzed on how well he knew her.

When asked what her favourite performance was, Kevin correctly guessed that it was her duet with CeeLo Green at the 2011 Grammys.

And when asked what her least favourite performance is, Kevin said: ‘I would say it would be Shallow Hallow [sic].’

Gwyneth said: ‘Exactly’, with Kevin saying: ‘I’m not sure who told you to do that one, but it wasn’t me.

‘I wasn’t there working for you. Not around for that.’

The Goop founder laughed: ‘That was before your time. See what happened? Disaster.’

In Shallow Hal, Gwyneth’s character Rosemary was seen as, well, Gwyneth Paltrow by Hal, but by everybody else, she was seen as the woman in the 25 pound fat suit which visually tripled her weight.

And Gwyneth really struggled with wearing the fat suit, telling W Magazine around the film’s release: ‘The first day I tried it on, I was in the Tribeca Grand and I walked through the lobby.

‘It was so sad; it was so disturbing. No one would make eye contact with me because I was obese.

‘I was wearing this black shirt with big snowmen on it. For some reason, the clothes they make for women that are overweight are horrible. I felt humiliated because people were really dismissive.’

Shallow Hal received mixed reviews, but the team behind the movie’s makeup effects denied that it was making fun of overweight people.

Tony Gardner, who designed the fat suit, told USA Today: ‘The filmmakers are not making fun of her weight, they are embracing her weight. Peter [Farrelly] calls it a valentine for overweight people.’

The same year as Shallow Hal, Gwyneth starred in the critically acclaimed The Royal Tenenbaums.

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