Simon Callow discusses Tom Hanks comments about gay roles
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“The gaining and the losing of weight may have had something to do with it [Type 2 diabetes] because you eat so much bad food and you don’t take any exercise when you’re heavy.
“I’ve talked to a number of actors who have gained weight for roles and just out of the sheer physical toll on one’s knees and shoulders, no one wants to do it again. I think that’s more or less a young man’s game.”
“I’m 57 and I don’t think I’m going to take on a job, or even go on vacation again, and see to it that I can gain 30 pounds.”
Preparing for his role in the 2000 film Castaway, Hanks reportedly lost more than three stone in order to play the role of a man stranded alone on an island in a convincing way.
Although the actor thinks these roles might have contributed to his diagnosis – he also recognises he is “genetically inclined” to have the illness, as well as poor lifestyle choices.
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