David Harbour Was Told He Was ‘Too Fat to Play The Blob’ in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’
In a new interview with Women’s Health, Harbour, now age 42, talked about what he finds sexy — including “love handles and eating sandwiches.” But apparently not everyone in Hollywood agrees, even when the job is to play The Blob:
“I auditioned to play The Blob in a Wolverine X-Men movie, and at the end of the audition, I squeezed my stomach and was like, ‘I got your Blob right here!’ Then I met with the director and he said, ‘David, you’re a wonderful actor, but we’re worried about your health.’ I was like, ‘What do you mean, man?’ And he was like, ‘We saw you had some fat, and we’re worried you’re not healthy enough to carry the suit.’ I was like, ‘Dude, you’re telling me I’m too fat to play The Blob?’ The irony was priceless.”
It’s also ironic that directors apparently worry over the health of actors with a few extra pounds, but have no problem telling actresses to lose 15 pounds in two weeks.
Since he was talking to Women’s Health, and he’s now on a lot of women’s radars as a celeb crush, Harbour also opened up on what he’s looking for in a partner:
“I’m easily swept away, but I’m trying not to be as much. I’m better at the fantasy of relationships that I am at the daily real life, but I’m trying to steer myself into a realist. What I find more exciting now is sharp, intelligent, insightful women. People who are deep thinkers, who have sort of a weird way of looking at the universe, are wildly attractive to me. So if I can find one of those gals who can stand me, then maybe I might have something.”
Sounds very good so far. And here’s more, with his argument in favor of bringing back love handles:
“I think about the sexuality of various generations, and I feel like we’re getting less sexy. I look back to the ’70s and ’80s and of course we always want to see a beautiful body, but there’s something about showing the sexuality of someone who lives their life, somebody who knows how to eat a sandwich, who occasionally lets this kind of demon out of them – I want more of that. Those are the people I find sexy. I want to bring love handles and eating sandwiches back.”
He’ll probably find a lot of takers on that one. You can watch Hopper back in action when “Stranger Things” returns for Season 2 next Friday, Oct. 27 on Netflix.
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