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Heights of Fame

Heights of Fame

  • Paul James

Tall movie actors have to find their niche.

I may not have money, I may not have good looks, and I may not be talented, but I do have one consolation when it comes to comparing myself to Hollywood’s leading men — at six-foot-six, I tower above most of them.

(On the minus side? Movie theater seating tends to crush my knees.)

There’s an old bit of Hollywood wisdom postulating that the ideal physique for male movie stars is a combination of compact body and big head. “Most movie stars are short,” writes screenwriter and Hollywood sage William Goldman in his book Which Lie Did I Tell? “Most of them are smaller than you think, and all of them are more frightened than you think.”

Ironically, many of the most iconic, larger-than-life actors in Hollywood... Read more...

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