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.


“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!

Comments (50)
  1. Wow. Vin Diesel is a lot more self-aware than I thought.

  2. The thing I love most about this post is that all of Kelly’s commentary at the end is included in the block quote so Vin Diesel looks VERY self-effacing. The thing I love second-most is that literally every actor on earth is limited by how they look or how their body looks. For instance, with my body type and face, I’d probably only be able to do Lena Dunham projects, which I don’t want to do, so that’s why I’m not an actress.

    But he’s probably right, Bogart would’ve definitely been bigger now, but only because everyone is bigger, and he’d probably just be, like, playing Jonah Hill’s dad in a bunch of buddy comedies.

  3. Sigh.

    *goes to dry erase board, puts ’0′ in the ‘Days since sex/gender/whatever kerfuffle’ space.*

  4. Hate to break it to you, Vin, but I think the lack of variety in the roles you’re offered has more to do with your lack of acting ability than the way you look…

  5. Tangentially related, anyone heard of the Hawkeye Initiative? After reading Vin Diesel’s A+ quote maybe go look that up, since it will be a nice way to balance out your negative/positive vibes scale re: objectification of women in entertainment.

  6. I don’t know, they let Zach Morris get hella pumped during the last alt-universe season of Saved by the Bell, surely the body stereotyping of Hollywood has been shattered.

  7. Ok Vin, then how do you explain this:

  8. Heavens to Murgatroyd!

  9. But who WOULD play 2013 Ferris Bueller? I’m going to be obvious and nominate Britian’s favorite man-child, my boo Louis Tomlinson from One Direction. And Harry Styles as Cameron, because he’s tall and quiet. And then I nominate myself to play Sloane, and when Ferris asks me to marry him in the Stock Exchange, I say yes. Charlie Sheen can still play “guy in police station”.

  10. What is this, The Irony Giant?

  11. This is a dark point to bring up but Matthew Broderick actually killed two women and he still gets work.

  12. Man, and he seemed so smart, too.

  13. Let’s face it, men whore themselves out to Hollywood just as much as women do.

  14. Dear Vin,

    I sort of like you some of the time, actually sometimes I like you a lot. I would be pleased if that relationship would continue. Please, in the future, refrain from opening your mouth unless you are talking about D&D or how much you wish you were actually Riddick for real.


    PT Smith

    • I was just thinking this on the subway this morning. Don’t ask me why, I haven’t seen the movie, but I guess sleep-deprivation addles your brain in mysterious ways.

      Riddick is short for Riddickulous

      • If I had to take the subway every morning, I would probably spend a significant chunk of them imagining I was a Riddick-esque character and everyone around me were bounty hunters who had captured me, so I would have to fight my way out, only to have it turn out that we were all trapped down there, with monsters in the dark coming to kill us all, so I suddenly have to protect everyone.

  15. Yep, that pretty much sums up an average day on the subway.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post, reply to, or rate a comment.