The New York Times did an article a few days ago about A-list male stars gaining weight. Amid jokes about extra chins and such, the article lists Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, John Travolta, and Leonardo DiCaprio as examples of male stars who have fattened up.
Hugh Grant, 48, who played the skinny cad to a puffy RenÃ©e Zellweger in â€œBridget Jonesâ€™s Diaryâ€ just eight years ago, may find the tables turned in â€œDid You Hear About the Morgans?,â€ a comedy to be released by Columbia in December. His co-star, Sarah Jessica Parker, is the sleek one this time around, while Mr. Grantâ€™s famous dimples pop out where they used to pop in.
Once it gets beyond all the fat jokes, the article does make a few interesting points. One, it contrasts the male stars of today with the skinny stars of yesteryear.
Photos of midcentury stars â€” Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart, Clark Gable and others â€” show them to have remained rather gaunt at an age when many of the current crop are anything but.
And of course, this raises the question about female stars of today. Kathleen Turner is listed in the article as one of the only female stars of that generation that got fatter and is still allowed to act. As the article puts it, “actresses who expand do not often get roles to showcase that growth.” No; if anything, Hollywood has become less tolerant of heavier women, as it has seemingly become more tolerant of heavier men.
But a new willingness to cast heavier men â€œmay have happened organically,â€ Ms. Fasano said, as Hollywood over the last few years has been plagued by what has widely been seen as a shortage of reliably appealing stars.
Somehow, I can’t see Hollywood shifting towards accepting “heavier females” in an organic or any other way–and I can’t see A-list women like Angelina or Gwyneth ever allowing themselves to gain weight, even as they age. Can you?
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