When Leading Men Gain Weight: is Nathan Fillion pregnant?

30 Oct

Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle in Season 1

I’ve been thinking about something a lot lately as I watch one of my favorite tv shows, Castle. Has Nathan Fillion gained weight? And I know that it not the nicest thing to think out loud, here on my blog, but I notice if any actress gains weight, she is accused of pregnancies or eating disorders. And while, yes men can have eating disorders, I can’t actually ask:  Is Nathan Fillion pregnant? Or maybe I can.  I am going out on a limb and observing: he’s gained a little weight. Now, as I said earlier, I know that isn’t nice to say. But I’m saying it as someone who has gained weight and lost weight and gained weight and lost weight at least a few times in my adult life. And yes, that is what happens to most human beings, they gain weight when they are stressed then lose it when they find an even more stressful situation. Oh yes, there is eating right and exercise as well but sometimes those are boring. But here’s the thing: when you’re an actor and you’re being paid to look good, isn’t that really part of the job? If someone wanted to pay me to be on a TV show, you bet your ass I’d being exercising and eating (mostly) right. Because at the wrong angles and with bad lighting I think the camera can add more than 10 pounds.

Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle in Season 5

I just hate to see when my favorite TV stars let themselves go a little.  Because part of the reason I tune in is to see them looking good.  You wouldn’t expect a porn star to show up without her Brazilian wax.  And no, I am not comparing TV stars to porn stars.  I guess I expect my favorite show characters to consistently look great.   Because they get paid a lot of money to look great.  If they were CFOs they could be short, dumpy and frumpled and still do their jobs.  But if you are supposed to be sexy and dashing in a show, and women are supposed to fall at your feet, then you’d probably better look your best.  Unless they want to incorporate Castle’s eating into the narrative.  Perhaps he’s depressed that Beckett has not responded properly to his declaration of love (which we all know she hasn’t).   Or maybe he’s gotten so comfortable with her, he feels like he’s in some defacto marriage where both parties tend to gain a few pounds after they get married.  But she doesn’t seem to be gaining weight.

When Marlon Brando looked good

So, what’s going on with Richard Castle/Nathan Fillion?  I’d hate to see him go the way of Marlon Brando.  Because I am fairly certain that is the road Brad Pitt is traveling down.  As is Leonardo DiCaprio.  And while I’m on this tangent, I’ve got to say:  Robert Redford:  what the hell?  You might have looked great in the 1970s but by the late 1980s, going natural was very disappointing for even young female fans.  You might call me superficial.  Yes, I am when it comes to actors that start out looking great.  And while I honestly don’t expect everyone to go out and get plastic surgery or their stomachs stapled, if you’re paid loads of money to look your best every week for part of the year, I do expect that.

When Marlon Brando didn't look so good

28 Responses to “When Leading Men Gain Weight: is Nathan Fillion pregnant?”

  1. Sharon F. October 30, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    I am also somewhat disappointed when I see the change in Nathan’s appearance. I do know that he has recently experienced pain/trouble with his knee. I’m wondering if this could limit the amount of exercising he is able to do. I would hope that he could hire a personal trainer who could devise workouts, even with a sore knee. I do have to add that even with the extra pounds, Nathan Fillion is absolutely a gorgeous man!

    • romistepovich October 30, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

      I’m sure the knee pain would definitely limit the type of exercising he can do but I’m fairly certain a personal trainer could devise workouts in conjunction with a physical therapist. :) You are a truly loyal fan! I suppose I’m a somewhat more fickle fan but I still think he’s great at being Richard Castle and he does a great job.

  2. Willow November 9, 2011 at 1:28 am #

    It’s ok for male actors to gain weight but not female. You’d have pictures of their big butt all over the magazines with all kinds of headlines. Yes Nathan has gained lots of weigh. This last episode he was Fat Elvis. Still like him. I sure miss Firefly.

    • Emmanuelle October 9, 2012 at 2:57 am #

      You were being sarcastic, right? Fat Elvis! LOL. And no, not happy Fillion is letting himself go. His looks are part of his job. I’d be happy if he just looked like he did on Castle Season 1 or 2. I don’t think that’s unreasonable.

  3. latda2u November 12, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    It seems like he has gained a LOT of weight. I feel like they are shooting him the same way they would film a pregnant actress. It is kind of bumming me out … Castle is supposed to be my film fantasy, not my real life over weight spouse. In the last episode he had man boobs peeking through his shirt. Sad face.

  4. jay1967c January 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    As some who is considered to be obese and handicapped, I find all this talk about him gaining a few pounds is just bs. He’s far from fat. Nice to see someone who is human and not photoshopped or thought to be perfect on TV. I read all the time comments (like Ricky Gervais just recently) on how people choose to be fat, sometimes it is very difficult to lose weight, I have struggled all my life from a chunky kid, keep ‘thin’ most of my adult life til now when I find myself retired and really overweight. Probaby menopause had something to do with it, but I do admit I don’t eat consistently well, I fall off the wagon. Not perfect.

  5. jay1967c January 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    oh and I agree i miss Firefly too.

  6. Susan Pater January 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    I too miss Firefly, Joss Whedon is brilliant! Nathan Fillion is still charming and very attractive………he’s just not as “hot” as he was as Mal. I know the struggles of weight (most women do), hopefully Nathan won’t let it get out of control, for his health if for no other reason. I love the show!

  7. Melba March 31, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    Nathan Fillion stil looks hot evenif he has gaid a few pounds….

    • Emily Dorsa October 10, 2012 at 1:03 am #

      I agree. He is still hot. This makes him human.

  8. MK April 1, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    Yes he’s gained weight (Fillion) but he is still hella HOT! I’d still do him lol.

    • sue February 28, 2013 at 12:22 am #

      Overweight, ‘beer’ gut and man breasts DOES NOT tranalate to HOT. These features are tolerable for a longshoreman but not for leading man status.
      Sorry!!!

      • AnnaBarbra Smith September 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

        I agree! And I say. he s gained at least 100 lbs.

  9. NBC May 24, 2012 at 2:28 am #

    He was so very hot without all the extra weight (season 1 &2). Now (as Richard Castle)
    he is looking like a rich, handsome middle aged man chasing a younger, better looking woman. It takes away from the story a little bit (not too much). I love the show and I love him, but I really wish he would lose the weight. I also wish my handsome husband would lose his “middle age” weight.

    • sue February 28, 2013 at 12:29 am #

      Simply put, he is protraying an overweight reject chasing a beautiful model type woman. That aspect tends to age a man. Maybe, if Stana was not as lean and beautiful, he would not look so much like a reject.

      • Sara January 20, 2014 at 6:12 am #

        I agree, it does come across that way; and it changes the entire show dynamic – most obvious, in that episode where Beckett was being romanced by the super smart, super hot, and super nice billionaire guy. It was laughable that she would stay with Castle.

      • blue March 8, 2014 at 2:02 am #

        She is not lean but looks ill-her legs look like sticks -she does not look like a healthy weight and she is dropping more and more-does not anyone notice how awful she looks?? Yes he has gained too much weight-she has lost too much weight -Lean is healthy not a bag of bones

  10. Rooqs October 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    He’s still super hot. I’d go out with him in a hot second if I ever had the chance.

  11. bayou babe November 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Please Nathan, get om shape! Your young and handsome and here’s your chance to really hit it big! We Firefly devotees will never forget your hunky self so try and get back into shape so my fantasies won’t have to be shelved!
    A long time fan!

  12. Tomia November 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Bottom line,,he is getting fat. I don’t care how much I like him, loved him on Firefly and Castle but I’m just not that interested in the show when he is obviously 25 to 35 pounds overweight. His face is fat, he has a double chin and they have to dress him in those big blazers and baggy shirts. Come on, Fillion. Stop eating, start exercising. You are a great actor and so handsome but your face is NOT the same with two chins.

    • Sheri April 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

      Well said :)

  13. Susan February 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Well, with the Valentine episode last night, I was really shocked. He’s even gotten larger and now it’s making him look older too! I LOVE Nathan Fillion,… I LOVE him fat,… BUT like it was said before, it’s your job to look good. I have a problem with my weight, and I’m spending much more than I should using a pre-packaged weight loss program to help me look my best (for myself), and no one even sees me with the work I do! if I had the money that these folks have, I would not only hire a personal trainer but a dietitian/cook too so that it would be a no-brainer! When you can afford it, and your work demands it, there is really no excuse, even a bad knee, to gain weight. Sorry Nathan, I want the really hunky looking you back again.

  14. codepink1908 March 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    As of last night Nathan didnt look good….and in the promo for 5×18 I swear it looks like he has man boobs!….im at the point where its hard for me to buy into he and Beckett….I hope he begins losing weight; NOW!

  15. V J April 7, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    I disagree with your premise that actors are paid to look good. They are paid to act: to be funny or charming or scary or whatever. If you don’t want to watch them anymore because they don’t look “hot”, that’s your choice as a consumer, but I for one like to see actors who look a bit more like “regular” folks.
    I do agree, however, that there is a double standard when it comes to men. If a female actor gains a few pounds, her ass is plastered all over the tabloids. Men aren’t subject to the same scrutiny.
    All that said, Mr Fillion looks just fine to me; there’s just more of him to lust after. :)

  16. Irrationally Optimistic June 18, 2013 at 3:56 am #

    No chance he’s doing it for the character? Most men let themselves go once they no longer have to chase women and settle down. Actually every married/attached guy I know is fatter than they used to be.

  17. Sharon July 26, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Yeah, Castle has packed on the pounds and he is being dressed and photographed very carefully. I wouldn’t mind this if women were given the same pass but they are hounded in the media if they don’t look like stick insects.

  18. chaneldebra February 8, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    Nathan Fillion is a fine looking man and I am a woman of color who would have dated him and spend a day just looking at his blue eyes while wrapped in his arms. I hate when women get a bad wrap for being fat much less for expressing their sexuality. Nathan is a cute man who is even cuter when he open his eyes when he speaks during interviews. Yeah he put on extra weight since the early seasons of Castle.

    I would question the increase in his weight and if he is taking any steps to improve his health if ever. . I wonder as a man if Nathan has ever read the comments about his weight and if he is offended in any way.

  19. Jessica Fender Hotaling February 11, 2014 at 12:32 am #

    I have been telling my husband that he has put on a lot of weight! In season 1&2 he looked much younger and could have used an extra 20 to give him a little bulk. But now, it’s way too much .. sorry! He isn’t fat by any means but right now, he’s very old “Alec Baldwinish” His face is bloated and it looks uncomfortable, not to mention he has aged 15 years with it. If he scaled back some he would look better – if it worked for Alec Baldwin and he has many years on Castle dude!

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