Been at the movies lately? A good number of actors are livin’ large and loving it. Translation: Heaviness doesn’t seem to be a casting hindrance, even for romantic leading roles. Is thin no longer in? Hmm, tough to say, but here’s our take: As long as these, um, plus-sized folks stay healthy, bon appetit!
Jonah Hill: The actor, during his plump phase in 22 Jump Street, gets the girl — the police captain’s pretty co-ed daughter (Amber Stevens) — while resident hard-body Channing Tatum stays single. The two funnymen are re-teaming for 23 Jump Street, and we’re betting on more of the same theme.
Josh Gad: Plump. Nerdy. Glasses. Out of shape. No problem for this comedic actor whose character Doug in The Wedding Ringer is engaged to one of TV’s hottest actresses, Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco Sweeting. In the flick, tax attorney Doug explains he landed his sizzling bride-to-be with his dancing moves.
Rebel Wilson: The Aussie went from singing her heart out in Pitch Perfect to falling in love with a Neanderthal come to life (Ben Stiller) in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Aw ... how romantic? In Pitch Perfect 2, there’s a rumor her character hooks up with Drake.
Kevin James: The onetime King of Queens is resurrecting his role as a security guard who can do no right in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Amid his misadventures at his new job at the Wynn Las Vegas, the portly actor Segways his way into the hotel manager’s heart. She’s gorgeous actress Daniella Alonso (Revolution).
Melissa McCarthy: In the Hangover III, the star of TV’s Mike & Molly (about a corpulent couple) ends up with the franchise’s main instigator, Alan, played by Zach Galifianakis. Back then, these two were a match made in Hollywood heaven. These days, Galifianakis has changed: In Birdman, he’s half the man he used to be — and he gets absolutely zero action. Case made!