Laura Dern is an American actress who had starred in such films like Blue Velvet and Citizen Ruth and current star of TV's Enlightened. It was always her goal capture that elusive Academy Award and to obtain it she sought method acting as a means. A role in a suspended film gave her that opportunity. The only catch was she would have to add 80 lbs to her frame. She easily overshot that goal.
Despite requests from producers, she kept the weight and added some more causing the suspension of the film. Currently her 5'11" tall frame carries 511 lbs according to sources close to the actress.