That question was posed by Matthew Robinson, the co-writer/co-director of the new Ricky Gervais film The Invention of Lying, at an Oak Room luncheon for the movie the other day.
And it really got everyone at the table thinking like we hadn’t in some decades. “Nicole Richie” one lady next to me finally offered, but Nicole was hardly Fatty Arbuckle before the weight loss!
And so we were truly stumped and stymied, barely able to eat our free lunches (though I managed). Amazingly, we came to realize that the same business that promotes bulimia in starlets likes its chubby icons to stay that way. And there’s one reason for it: Because they’re in comedy!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 21, 2009