Published On: Tue, Apr 2nd, 2019

James Corden bemoans that ‘chubby people don’t get to have sex in films’ | Ents & Arts News

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James Corden has hit out at the absence of “chubby” actors from leading film and TV roles, bemoaning that they never get to fall in love or have sex.

The Late Late Show host said the best “fat” people could expect when looking for screen parts was to be cast as the funny friend of an “attractive” star, rather than secure a main part for themselves.

Speaking on David Tennant Does A Podcast With, the 40-year-old said such actors “never really fall in love” and “never have sex” on the big or small screen, and that “no-one ever finds you attractive”.

He told fellow actor Tennant that his experience of being excluded from roles is what spurred him on to start writing, which eventually led to him co-creating the hit sitcom Gavin & Stacey.

English international cricketer James Michael struck out against comedian James Corden.
Corden continues to host A League Of Their Own on Sky One

“I had no idea if I’d be able to write,” said Corden, who has become a worldwide star since he began hosting his US talk show four years ago.

“It came about because I’d done a film with Shane Meadows, I’d done a Mike Leigh film and done Fat Friends on ITV, and now I was in this play which was the play to see (The History Boys).

“And I was in this play with seven other boys who were at a similar age and a similar place in our careers, and pretty much every day, three or four of these boys would come in with this massive film script under their arm.”

Corden, who continues to present Sky One sports quiz show A League Of Their Own, said he and two other actors in the acclaimed History Boys production were eventually told about the “hottest script”.

He told Tennant that his two colleagues were sent the script for the lead roles, while he only got two pages with a view to playing a minor role as a newsagent during the opening of the film.

James Corden, who voices the character Biggie,  was at the premiere of Trolls in Westwood, California
Corden has featured in several animated films in recent years

Corden recalled: “I really felt like people were going, ‘We think you’re quite good. It’s just because of what you look like.’

“If you only watch TV or films, if an alien came back and they had to take a reading on planet Earth by just watching films or TV, they would imagine that if you are chubby or fat or big, you never really fall in love, you never have sex.

“Certainly no-one really ever finds you attractive.

“You will be good friends with people who are attractive and often will be a great sense of comfort to them and perhaps chip in with the odd joke every now and again.

“As you get older you’ll probably be a judge in something or you’ll be dropping off a television to a handsome person in a sitcom. And that’s really how it can feel.

“It felt like if the world of entertainment was a big banquet table, people are like, ‘There isn’t a seat for you here.’ I was like, ‘if that’s not going to happen then I’m going to try to make something happen for myself’.”

Peter Rabbit movie
Corden was the voice of Peter Rabbit in a 2018 film

Corden has secured a number of Hollywood film roles since his show debuted in the US, but most of them have been vocal performances in animated features.

He had parts in the Dreamworks musical Trolls in 2016, The Emoji Movie in 2017, and was the voice behind the title character in Peter Rabbit last year. He had a minor role in the live-action Ocean’s 8.

Corden is due to appear in a new film adaptation of the musical Cats later this year, alongside fellow Britons Idris Elba and Judi Dench, as well as US stars Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo.

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