Even the New York Times has noticed how there are more fat guys in the movies than fat guys at the movies. And they name them.

Making the Times’ list of actors whose many bulges are above the belt when there used to be just one bulge below it, are Russell Crowe (State of Play now playing), John Travolta (The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, due out in June), Denzel Washington (Pelham again), Hugh Grant (Did You Hear About the Morgans? Due out in December), Leonardo DiCaprio (Shutter Island, due in October).

These actors can’t claim they put on thirty pounds for the role, as Robert DeNiro did for Raging Bull, these guys are just fat.

Crowe told the Today Show that he was trying to lose weight for his new film, Robin Hood, but that it was taking longer than he thought. Seth Rogen, on the other hand, seems to be successfully losing weight preparing for his title role in The Green Hornet.

If they ever remake The Maltese Falcon, maybe newly thin Jack Black can play Bogey’s part, and Russell Crowe can play Sidney Greenstreet’s.

What do you think? What’s the deal with the thickening of Hollywood’s herd?

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