Theron, as you’ve never seen her in a hearty com­edy drama

Tweed Daily News - - PULSE ENTERTAINER - Vicky Roach

CHAR­L­IZE Theron can act – she has an Os­car to prove it.

The 42-year-old beauty still needed to gain more than 20kg to con­vinc­ingly play a sub­ur­ban mother-ofthree in her lat­est film Tully, writ­ten by Di­ablo Cody and di­rected by Jason Reit­man

(Juno, Young Adult). Of course, “yummy mum­mies” strug­gle with post-natal de­pres­sion, too.

But for movie-go­ers to buy the Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ter as a worn-out, stay-at-home mum, Theron had to man­i­fest the in­ner frowzi­ness that is part and par­cel of the job de­scrip­tion.

While Theron’s phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance makes a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to movie-go­ers’ sus­pen­sion of dis­be­lief – that muf­fin top is real – it’s her un­der­ly­ing per­for­mance that gives the film its heart and soul.

Tully is aim­ing for an un­var­nished por­trait of fam­ily life – but Marlo and her hus­band Drew (Ron Liv­ingston) have a solid mar­riage, the foun­da­tions of which are about to be sorely tested by the ar­rival of their un­planned third child.

PHOTO: KIM­BERLY FRENCH

STAR­TLING TRANS­FOR­MA­TION: Char­l­ize Theron stars as mum Marlo in Tully.

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