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  1. Scott McGillivray

    Scott McGillivray Supporting Actor

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    Hello again my friends!

    I come to you today with a question of the physical looks of todays and yesterdays actors. What physically big actors are there today and who were the big men of the past? I know that, typically, Hollywood caters to the more slim, fit GQ style of actor. However, I think that there is a need for physically big guys as well. I do not mean bodybuilder big, like Arnold or The Rock, but just plain not-in-greatest-shape big. Also, I am thinking more along the lines of actors playing serious roles as opposed to the goofy, comedic ones.

    Being a big man myself, and an aspiring actor to boot, I would like to see what other men have made it "big".

    Ones I can think of today would be John Goodman, Brian Dennehy, and James Gandolfini.

    Any others?
     
  2. Calvin_Su

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    well, women don't really like big muscled guys. They like guys who are slim but muscular.
     
  3. Brad Porter

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    In the past:
    Sydney Greenstreet
    George Kennedy (No man can eat 50 eggs!)
    Lee J. Cobb (not fat, but brawny)
    Ernest Borgnine (see Marty)
    Yaphet Kotto (once again, not fat, but brawny)
    Rod Steiger
    Carroll O'Connor (Stifle it, Edith!)
    Marlon Brando (he grew into this category)
    ...others will pop into my head after I submit this...

    And of course the "goofy comedic" guys:
    Jackie Gleason
    Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
    Oliver Hardy
    Bud Abbott
    Jerome "Curly" Howard
    John Candy
    John Belushi
    Chris Farley

    Brad
     
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    Robbie Coltrane (well-known in the UK, and perhaps best known outside the UK for playing Hagrid - no he isn't that big in real life, but he isn't exactly slim either).

    Stephen Fry (very tall and a little plump - played Oscar Wilde and Jeeves in the TV series of Jeeves and Wooster).

    From the past, don't forget Charles Laughton (Mutiny on the Bounty, Hobson's Choice, etc), a very fine British actor.
     
  5. Matt Pelham

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    George Dzundza comes to mind.
     
  6. Chris Moe

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    Phillip Seymore Hoffman pops in my head. Not really fat but has some extra weight and definitely not your typical Hollywood hunk type.
     
  7. Richard Travale

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    Jason Alexander
    Kevin Smith
    Charles Hallahan
    Meat Loaf
    John Rhys-Davies
    Jim Broadbent
    Forest Whitaker
    just to name a few more.
     
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    I personally know a few women (and a couple of men) who think Bob Hoskins is the sexiest specimen of manhood ever to hit the big screen. And definitely a great actor, whether you find him attractive or not.
     
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    Charles Durning
    John Goodman
     
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    PAST

    ERNEST BORGNINE
    TELLY SAVALAS
    DON RICKLES
    GEORGE KENNEDY

    PRESENT

    JOHN GOODMAN
    TOM SIZEMORE
    FOREST WHITAKER

    PAST AWAY

    JOHN CANDY
    JOHN BELUSHI
     
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  13. andrew markworthy

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    Ricardo, what Calvin said is probably true for the *majority* of women. Psychologists have looked at the issue of physical attractiveness a lot (surprise, surprise). Women tend to like small buttocks and a trim waist. Men think women like large muscles and a large ... well, work it out for yourself (if you see what I mean). Curiously enough, the list of things men think women want to see in men coincides with what gay men fancy in their prospective partners.

    However, this describes majority opinion - thankfully people are different in tastes, and there is no 'correct' form. In addition, tastes change over time (e.g. compare Mairlyn Monroe with a current 'hot' actress).
     
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    Interesting. As a man, I've noticed that I typically don't find attractive women that other women find "sexy". Could this be the same sort of thing going on?

    Also, I have a theory on why the fashion world uses so many stick-thin models that often look more like boys than girls. Homosexual men are greatly over-represented among big-name designers. I suspect it's no coincidence that the models these designers prefer have bodies like adolescent boys.
     
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    On the Tall spectrum of Big, you have Christopher Lee at 6'6" and Vincent Price at 6'4" and neither one was what you'd call slight or willowy.
     
  16. DeeF

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    You know who's big?

    Gene Hackman

    I saw him on Broadway (Death and the Maiden) and I was shocked how huge he looked. He was playing with Richard Dreyfuss (tiny) and Glenn Close and he just towered over them, a huge presence. He isn't fat, but he just has big shoulders and chest.
     
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    Fellas, on the movie screen, we may drool over handsome young thespians with chiseled faces, tight buns and slim waists, but look at what we actually marry - guys like you!

    FWIW, I find Gene Hackman terribly attractive. He's the first actor I thought of when I saw this post. He's so...*manly*...lol! (Women find intelligence and talent very sexy. Oh, if only y'all would do the same more often for us.)
     
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