In this previous post I pointed out how Turtle’s character underwent a major weight loss. Here are a few other high profile actors who felt the pressure from Hollywood to look better. I think this is obviously a good thing health wise but it sort of changes their typecast for some reason.
Seth Rogan was never really fat fat but he was never in shape. Even as Ken Miller in Freaks and Geeks he wasn’t slim. Landing the lead role in Knocked Up put him on the map and then was in quality movies like Superbad and Pineapple Express and some other average leads like Observe and Report and Zach and Miri. In Funny People though is when I think he made his weight loss because they constantly joked about it.
Leo (Jonah): “You shouldn’t have lost all that weight man. There’s nothing funny about a physically fit man.
Ira (Seth): “I know, it’s lame right?”
Leo: “Yeah, no one wants to watch Lance Armstrong do comedy.”
Leo: “Go lose some more weight Ira, you look fuckin’ weird skinny!”
Jonah Hill was fat in 2006. I thought he was huge in Accepted and even slimmed down a bit in Superbad and was still enormous. I think he started losing weight right around when Seth Rogen did in Funny People. He was noticeably slimmer in Get Him to the Greek. For some reason I don’t mind him skinny. I actually prefer his current weight to when he was in Accepted. People say your funnier when your fat but I just think he’s a funny guy.
Ethan Suplee has been around for a while. His early role in Boy Meets World had him as a big, dumb, fat dude. Then in MallRats he was the weird, fat guy using Jedi powers. I first noticed it in Mr. Woodcock that he’d lost a ton of weight. Why I was watching Mr.Woodcock I’m not sure. I figured he’d never land another role because his look was “the fat guy.” I don’t really know if his career has slowed down but I imagine when your role is for being fat, you aren’t offered the same roles. I wonder if it was natural (doubt it) or surgery?