What's with all the body shaming, Hollywood? "Stranger Things" star David Harbour reveals that he missed out on playing The Blob in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" because the director thought he was "too fat." That's right, "too fat" to call a character named "The Blob."
In talking to The Wrap, Harbour, recalls that a casting director suggested he try out for the part, saying, "I have the perfect role for you. The Blob!"
He had some doubt upon hearing the character name, but she reassured him, "Yeah, it's like an X-Men, he's like big, fat and controls gravity... it's not that you're fat, it's just that we need a big guy to wear the suit.'"
So at the audition, he thought it would be funny to pick up his shirt and squeeze his belly saying, "I got your Blob right here!" And that little joke cost him the part.
When he met with the director later, he was told, "David, look, you're wonderful, we really think you're just a great actor, we're just concerned... we're really concerned... you lifted up your shirt and we saw the... we're just a little worried about your health."
Harbour's response? "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."
Kevin Durand of "Lost" and "The Strain" ended up playing the character, wearing a massive fat suit.
It's all worked pretty well for Harbour, who's just been cast as the new Hellboy.