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.
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.
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.