In the BBC Miniseries The Tudors, the creators have decided that lead actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who plays Henry VIII, should not gain weight as the time period advances. Why? Because he will no longer be “appealing.” (And apparently audiences will be too dumb to figure out why on earth anyone would have wanted to have sex with the all-powerful King of England if he were fat.)
The show bosses said that [Meyers] would not be required to put on weight so that he retains his sex appeal. England’s famous monarch was believed to be more than 20st [280 pounds], with a waist of 54in. He even needed a hoist to life him on to his horse towards the end of his life.
“We still want him to be appealing,” the Telegraph quoted executive producer Morgan O’Sullivan as saying. “We don’t want to destroy his good looks. An exact portrayal of Henry is not a factor that we think is important.”
I’ve never seen the show, but I’ve heard from numerous sources about the historical innacuracies that seem to be part and parcel of the show’s canon. (That second link, which might be NSFW, refers to it as “sexed up and dumbed down” for American audiences.)
“The characters talk in completely unnatural ways, addressing their own family members as “Anne Boleyn” or “Mary Boleyn” so that we, the stupid audience, understand who they’re supposed to be…
Henry VIII was exceedingly powerful, both politically and physically, but Rhys Meyers is pretty, rather than macho and thus completely unconvincing.”
This news seems timely, given our recent discussion of how weight issues affect men. But it’s also unsurprising. I guess the theory is that audiences will not want to watch sex scenes featuring a fat dude, Ron Jeremy notwithstanding. Because fat is, as we all know, not sexy. Not on men, not on women, not on sixteenth-century monarchs, and not on television. Right?
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