Stranger Things star David Harbour recently landed the title role in the upcoming Hellboy reboot, but years ago he was turned away from another comic book movie role because of his weight.
In an interview with TheWrap, Harbour revealed that he auditioned for the role of The Blob in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine and that one of the film’s casting directors thought the character would have been “the perfect role” for the actor because the filmmakers needed “a big guy to wear the suit.”
Harbour went in to read for the role, and his audition was going well until he started cracking jokes, at one point yelling “I got your Blob right here!” while lifting up his shirt and squeezing his belly. After the audition, Harbour met with the film’s director, Gavin Hood, who told the actor that he didn’t get the part because they were concerned about his health.
“I was like, ‘Wait a minute, dude, pause for one second,’” said Harbour. “‘You are telling me I’m too fat to play The Blob? That’s awesome, I have to get the f— back to New York.’ That’s my audition — so I didn’t get The Blob.”
Yes, a heavyset actor was told he was too fat to play a character whose defining characteristic is that he’s morbidly obese. The role eventually went to Kevin Durand, but Harbour was arguably better off given how forgettable a film X-Men Origins was. You can catch Harbour in the upcoming second season of Stranger Things and in the aforementioned Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, which doesn’t yet have a release date.