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Vin Diesel Exposes Hollywood’s Body Image Problem

By Kelly Conaboy / May 20, 2013 - 12:30 pm

When Hollywood movie star men speak about the problems they’ve encountered with unwanted sexualization or attention paid to certain parts of their bodies, or the demand for a certain look in order to get work, their complaints are usually met with an eye roll, rolling in the direction of how much more difficult it is for women in the same profession, and then the eyeballs roll right out onto the dirtiest part of the floor, and they keep rolling, rolling, until they find their way onto the street where they roll away forever. Goodbye, eyeballs! WE’LL MISS YOU! Though, in situations like that, the kinder among us are able to give the Mr. Hollywoods a bit of leeway, as it is I’m sure hard out there for everyone, and everyone is entitled to recount their own miserable experience — that’s why Yahoo.Tumblr.com exists — and he at least didn’t straight up say that it is MORE difficult for men, and he– oops yes he did. Take it away, Vin Diesel in your perfect interview with Men’s Fitness (via FilmDrunk)!:

The “Fast & Furious 6″ star opens up about body image in the latest issue of Men’s Fitness, where he also addresses how his muscular frame has affected the movies he’s been offered.

“Hollywood is more concerned about its male actors being in shape than its female actors,” he continues.

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“Being a physical presence will rule you out of a lot of roles,” Diesel tells the mag. “I couldn’t have done [a movie like] ’Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ with that physical presence. But I like it as part of me; it’s part of what I represent, and I think if Humphrey Bogart were around today he’d be a lot bigger.”

Hahahaaaaaaa. “We only have 10 seconds, can you give us all of your best quotes?” It’s honestly difficult to be mad at Vin Diesel for saying something about Hollywood being harder on men’s bodies than on women’s bodies when he follows it up by lamenting the fact that he could never have been cast in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Hahah, awww. Poor action movie muscle baby! (Even if  saying that completely confuses his point [like, would Humphrey Bogart have been bigger -- hahaha -- or would you just also not have been able to be cast in Casablanca?] [How big would Ferris be in 2013, do you think?]  [A MONSTER?] [Who would play him, do you think?] [Vin Diesel?]) So I guess it’s a draw? I don’t even know. I can’t be mad at him. HOLLYWOOD MEYN WIN AGAIN!