Sam Claflin On Feeling "Insecure" About His Body & Male Actor Body Shaming

The Hunger Games star Sam Claflin is speaking out against body shaming and the pressure male actors face to stay unrealistically fit. 

From Entertainment Weekly:

“I remember doing one job when they literally made me pull my shirt up and were grabbing my fat and going ‘you need to lose a bit of weight,’” Claflin, 30, told The Sydney Morning Herald. “This other time they were slapping me. I felt like a piece of meat.”

The actor, who next appears in My Cousin Rachel, says the amount of body shaming he faces from production staff is similar to female actresses.

“I read in an interview recently and I think it’s absolutely true: men have it just as bad,” he says. “Well, not just as bad but they get it bad and it’s never talked about.”

Claflin then recounted slightly, but added that he experiences anxiety whenever he has to undress.

“I’m not saying it’s anywhere near as bad as what women go through but I, as an actor approaching each job, am insecure — especially when I have to take my top off in it — and so nervous,” he says. “I get really worked up to the point where I spend hours and hours in the gym and not eating for weeks to achieve what I think they’re going for.”

He believes actors are held to a different standard these days.

“In the ’50s and ’60s, it was never an issue,” he says. “James Bond never had a six pack. He had a hairy chest. Marlon Brando​ in A Streetcar Named Desire had an incredible body but he was by no means ripped to within an inch of his life. There’s a filter on society that this is normal, but actually it’s anything but normal.”

Sam appears to feel this pressure to reach an unrealistic peak form of fitness in the movie industry. Think it's similar to the pressure many gay men place on each other?