11 Male Stars Who’ve Been Body Shamed, From Vin Diesel to Leonardo DiCaprio (Photos)
Women aren’t the only ones in Hollywood who deal with trolls
Ashley Boucher | October 19, 2018 @ 2:03 PM
Last Updated: October 19, 2018 @ 2:06 PM
Hollywood is notorious for having unrealistic expectations when it stars' bodies. We're used to hearing stories about body shaming from women -- but here are some men who have also dealt with body-shaming trolls.
The "Hunger Games" star says that he feels pressure to be thin and fit, just like his female colleagues. "I get really worked up to the point where I spend hours and hours in the gym and not eating for weeks to achieve what I think they’re going for," he said in an interview with The Sunday Morning Herald.
Photographed by Elisabeth Caren for TheWrap
The "Stranger Things" star recently told TheWrap about an audition for the role of "The Blob" in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," in which the director said he was "worried about his health" after he jokingly lifted up his shirt.
"I was like, ‘Wait a minute, dude, pause for one second,'” he added. “‘You are telling me I’m too fat to play The Blob? That’s awesome, I have to get the f— back to New York.’ That’s my audition — so I didn’t get The Blob," he said.
Known for his muscular physique, even Diesel has experienced body shaming. In 2015, photos surfaced showing his stomach, and people online went into a frenzy.
"I don’t care, really. I’m not trying to be in super shape all of the time. I’m trying to master my craft of making films," the actor said on an episode of "Good Morning America."
When the teen heartthrob-turned- leading man went on vacation in 2014, he was made fun of online for his lack of a six-pack.
Howard Stern mocked the Grammy and Oscar winner with one of those insults phrased as a compliment. "Do you know what I love about that guy? He’s an ugly motherf---er. He’s fat. And I love it," Stern said.
In 2014, Kilmer virtually eye-rolled at the double standard in Hollywood. "Can't win in this crazy town. Too heavy for too many years and now gossip says, too thin!" he wrote on Facebook. The actor was losing weight to play his dream role, Mark Twain. He makes a good point; Actors often change their body type for different roles.
The "Prison Break" actor spoke out against body shaming last year, pointing out that his weight gain was a sign of his depression. "In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food. It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to," he wrote on Facebook.
The singer told his social media followers that he had been body-shamed by a female fan, who didn't realize he was within earshot. "She said I look like I have cancer," wrote Carter, who was playing a concert in Syracuse, New York at the time.
"I'm not ashamed of my body, maybe I'm too skinny, maybe I'm too short but the one thing I know is I love my fans my family my girlfriend and my friends," Carter wrote.
The only man in the Kardashian clan has been dealing with body shaming for years. He was diagnosed with diabetes and is open in discussing his depression. In the latest season of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," he talks about trying to eat healthier and hit the gym more.
When his wife Kristin Cavallari posted a photo on Instagram of the two on vacation in Mexico, body shamers took to the comments to voice their opinions of the NFL star's body. When the photo was taken, the quarterback had been out for months with an injury.