How Does Hollywood Typecast for a Film?

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Answer by Andy Pandini, actor:

Fat actor here.

Nearly every actor has a type that determines the roles he or she will get cast in. This is based on looks, age, body composition, hairstyle, and more.

I do comedy, mostly. That’s because I have a cherubic face. Even when I play bad guys, I play a comedy bad guy.

The thing is: Being fat is an advantage. It’s a clear type, and it opens the door to lots of roles. I tend to play what I like to call “slightly failed” people. Maybe it’s a cliché that fat people are underachievers, but, hey, we’re not making documentaries here.

The people I feel most sorry for are those in the 18-25 age range who are beautiful. They, of course, have their type, too, but there are about a million of them going up for each job. The benefit of being a morbidly obese type is that my competition is dying off on a daily basis.

So, I have an agent, and he gets me work, and he gets me work where the script calls for a fat, probably funny, person.

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