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James Corden says ‘chubby or big’ actors don’t get cast in romantic roles

The actor opened up about the struggles of getting cast in lead roles

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James Corden has said that “chubby or fat or big” actors don’t get cast in romantic roles.

The 40-year-old revealed he decided to write hit show, Gavin and Stacey after being excluded from certain roles.

Speaking on David Tennant’s podcast, David Tennant Does a Podcast With the presenter said: “If you only watch television 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.”


James went on to say that he wrote Gavin and Stacey after he was cast in a role with just two pages of dialogue in the play, The History Boys.

“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.”

The actor added that he was offered “the hottest script” along with two other boys, but he got a small part as a newsagent while the others got lead roles.


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

“It felt like if the world of entertainment was a big banquet table, people are like, ‘There isn’t a seat for you here,'” he added.

The father-of-three went on to co-create Gavin and Stacey, which was a huge hit before it came to and end in 2010.