After dealing with backlash for sporting a fats swimsuit, celebrities reminiscent of Chris Sullivan and Sarah Paulson opened up about taking up their respective roles.

Brendan Fraser acquired critical acclaim after playing the lead in the 2022 psychological drama The Whale. The movie, which relies on a play by Samuel D. Hunter of the identical identify, tells the story of a 600-pound man who tries to reconnect along with his daughter following the demise of his companion.

Forward of the film’s theatrical launch, director Darren Aronofsky responded to critics who questioned his decision to cast Fraser instead of a larger actor.

“There was a chapter within the making of this movie the place we tried to analysis actors with weight problems,” he instructed Selection in October 2022, one month earlier than the film’s debut. “Exterior of not having the ability to discover an actor who might pull off the feelings of the function, it simply turns into a loopy chase. Like, for those who can’t discover a 600-pound actor, is a 300-pound actor or 400-pound actor sufficient?”

The Mummy actor, for his half, detailed the research he did while working on the project — together with a comfort with the Weight problems Motion Coalition.

“They let me know what their weight loss plan was and the way weight problems had affected their lives by way of their relationships with family members,” he defined concerning the advocacy group. “It was heartbreaking, as a result of fairly often these folks had been mocked and made to really feel terrible about themselves. Vindictive speech is painful. And it does injury as a result of it feeds into the cycle of overeating. I simply left these conversations considering, ‘Hey, this isn't your fault. That is an sickness. That is an dependancy.’”

In the meantime, Sullivan had a different approach after receiving backlash for his prosthetics in This is Us.

“There may be plenty of issues to be outraged about nowadays, and I believe that getting outraged about an actor on a tv present who could also be sporting a fancy dress that makes him bigger than he's, is likely to be low on the record,” the actor, who played Toby in the hit NBC series, shared throughout an interview on the As we speak present in 2017. “No less than in my view. If I'm not portraying Toby with the extent of integrity or honesty — [if] you disagree with [that], I'd be completely satisfied to speak about that. However I believe that whatever the costumes that I put on, particularly with Toby, I attempt to carry as a lot coronary heart and honesty as I can.”

Sullivan’s costar and onscreen companion Chrissy Metz additionally got here to his protection.

“We examined plenty of gents who had been greater, and I get it — folks assume the authenticity is type of ruined by that. However Chris has been heavier, so I believe he understands the plight of being obese,” Metz mentioned on Watch What Occurs Reside With Andy Cohen that very same yr. “Additionally he was simply the most effective man for the job. And people wear prosthetics all the time — it’s simply weight versus, like, a nostril or a chin. It’s simply type of the secret.”

Scroll down for stars who mentioned their determination to put on physique prosthetics for a job:


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