I’m really excited about Hairspray, which comes out this weekend. I realize it’s got the drawback of Travolta in a fat suit (the Onion review says he sounds like Truman Capote and looks like his face is melting) and I also realize the John Waters movie is fantastic in its own right, but I am excited nonetheless. (Also, the soundtrack has a bonus track of Nikky Blonsky, Ricki Lake, and Marissa Jaret Winokur singing “Mama I’m A Big Girl Now” and how awesome is that?)
It’s got teen heartthrob Zac Efron hooking up with a fat chick who loves to dance, which makes me think that the High School Musical set will see this film, and will get a positive message out of it. Plus, Zac Efron isn’t afraid to say he likes big girls:
He says, “I actually go for girls like her (Blonsky) in real life. I like girls that are happy and healthy.”
And Nikki Blonsky. Is that girl cute as a button or what?
“She’s very pretty, and she had extraordinary confidence. She seemed to love the way her body was and demonstrated all of Tracy’s kind of unabashed zeal,” Shankman said. “What you’re seeing on that screen is who Nikki is. I didn’t want anyone to have to act like Tracy.”
The article also talks about agents who pressured her to lose weight (of course, because what we need in Hollywood are more thin celebrities that we can zip into fat suits) and her philosophy about haters.
“I was constantly teased and made fun of and called every name in the book because I was short and curvaceous,” Blonsky said. “My parents and my grandparents told me from a very young age, people make fun of you because they’re insecure about themselves. So I came up with the motto of, well, if I can help people, this is the way I’m going to help. If they need to make fun of me to make themselves feel better, then they should feel better. Because frankly, I don’t care if you make fun of me or not. It’s not going to do anything to me.”
I am going to vote with my wallet, and I encourage you to do the same. I hope Hairspray blows that Dane Cook crap out of the water.
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