Whoopi Goldberg is correcting the record after a review of her new movie, “Till,” surmised that Goldberg was wearing a fat suit during filming.
in a mixed revision, a Daily Beast reporter mentions Goldberg only once, writing that Goldberg was “in a distracting fat suit” for her role as Emmett Till’s grandmother. the revision It has since been edited to omit that line and features an editor’s note.
“I don’t really care how you felt about the movie, but you should know it wasn’t a fat suit,” Goldberg. said on Monday’s episode of “The View.” “That was me. It was steroids.”
Goldberg was referring to health challenges she experienced last year with sciatica, a type of nerve pain, for which she was hospitalized and started using a walker. She said on “The View” that she was taking steroids at the time, which can be used to treat sciatica symptoms.
“It’s okay not to be a fan of the movie, but you want to get out of people’s eyes,” Goldberg said.
However, it is not uncommon for a popular and award-winning actress in a prestigious movie to wear a fat suit. Many stars have donned fat suits, sometimes in a demeaning way. From Gwyneth Paltrow as an overweight woman in 2001’s “Shallow Hal” to Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp in last year’s “American Crime Story: Impeachment,” actors in fat suits often aren’t fat. Men have also worn fat suits, mostly in comedic roles, including John Travolta in “Hairspray,” Ryan Reynolds in “Just Friends,” and Eddie Murphy in “Norbit.”
This year alone has seen a surge of famous actors wearing fat suits: Renée Zellweger in “The Thing About Pam” and Tom Hanks in “Elvis” are two examples of Oscar winners who have worn fat suits for roles. Emma Thompson wears one in the musical adaptation of “Matilda” due out later this year, and in the awards season vehicle “The Whale,” Brendan Fraser plays an obese man at the end of his life under several pounds of prosthesis.
Viewers often criticize the practice, particularly when a filmmaker chooses not to cast an actor whose body type already matches the character’s. In a recent interview with the New York Timesretired professor and media researcher J. Kevin Thompson, said the use of fat suits in the media, particularly when characters portrayed by actors in fat suits are mocked or portrayed in an unflattering way, can be psychologically damaging to viewers and that women disproportionately incur the majority of that damage.
“These roles were most often associated with ‘humor,’ which, of course, might not be as funny if you were the butt of the joke,” Thompson told the Times.
For its part, “Till” apparently doesn’t feature actors in fat suits. The film, which focuses on Mamie Till’s activism and her contributions to the civil rights movement following the murder of her son Emmett, will be released on October 14.