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1960s Batman Actor Claims He Was Given Pills To Shrink His 'Large Bulge'

The battle of the bulge.

Superheroes, like Batman and Robin, are well known for sporting tight suits and capes, but back in the day there were far stricter rules when it came to how revealing those costumes could be – particularly in the ‘bulge’ area.

In a recent interview with Page Six, Burt Ward – who played Robin in the 1960s TV series Batman – said his bulge was so “large” he was asked to seek medical advice.

“They thought that Robin had a very large bulge for television,” Ward said. He then claimed that ABC executives asked him to reduce the size by taking pills that would “shrink me up.”

“I took them for three days and then I decided that they can probably keep me from having children,” the Batman star said. “I stopped doing that and I just used my cape to cover it.”

Clearly, the fascination (and controversy) surrounding superhero bulges has been going on for decades now. In fact, there’s a lot of thought that goes into it.

Credit: P. Lehman / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

In a 2014 interview with Esquire, superhero costume designer Michael Wilkinson said “when you’re designing superhero suits, it all comes down to the crotch.”

“You have to present things in an appealing way but something that’s not too confronting and has the right tone for the film,” he said. “It’s something where you have to use all your costuming skills to find that balance.”

He also added that having done the costumes for the 2006 movie 300, “I’m pretty much an expert on codpieces,” adding “we had five different shapes and we gave them all names” like ‘the spider’ and ‘the donkey.’ 

Who would’ve thought the crotch – and size of bulge – would be such a pivotal part of representing superheroes?

As for Burt Ward – last week he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and said he grew up daydreaming every day of being a superhero. Some dreams really do come true, but keep in mind, you may face a battle of the bulge.

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Can We Pls Talk About The Glow Up Of ‘My Name Is Earl’ Actor Ethan Suplee?

The Internet is shook.

If your New Year’s resolution was to get jacked, you’re gonna need some serious inspo and no one is a better source of that right now than actor Ethan Suplee.

Remember this guy!? He was in Remember the Titans, My Name is Earl and Boy Meets World, but has come a long way since his early days in the spotlight.

MY NAME IS EARL. Ethan Suplee as Randy Hickey. Credit: Justin Lubin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Photos have surfaced of the actor quite literally looking half the man he used to be, and it’s safe to say, the Internet is shook.

In a new episode of his podcast American Glutton, the now 43-year-old actor opened up about his incredible weight loss journey and unhealthy relationship with food that started at just five years old.

After doing “all the diets” Suplee said “I had this idea now that food was something that people didn’t want me to have.” 

“So if I wanted to have more, I needed to do it privately, and it became something that I was withholding from people,” he said, revealing that he weighed over 90 kilograms by the time he was age 10. 

Despite losing hundreds of pounds, Suplee said his dramatic weight loss hasn’t actually been that great for his acting career. His co-host even noted that “we were all used to your My Name Is Earl weight or more.”

It’s a similar story for fellow actor and comedian Seth Rogen, who after losing a significant amount of weight a few years ago said, “you probably all notice that I’m around 10 pounds less funny.” 

“I think for chubby guys, I was their guy,” he told interviewers. “They were like, ‘I can be chubby – Seth Rogen’s chubby, so who cares.’ But now I’m not so chubby anymore – I’ve let them down.” 

Seth Rogen. Credit: Jerod Harris/Getty Images

After experiencing wildly fluctuating weight over the years, Ethan Suplee is now focusing on increasing his muscle mass and using food as “functional fuel.” 

It’s pretty damn impressive to watch someone shed so many kilos and get fit without the help of big Hollywood trainers, but most importantly make their health their wealth, no matter what.

The BAFTAs Know Their Nominations Lack Diversity, So Where's The Solution?

It's time to stop shifting blame.

While this week’s Golden Globes were initially praised for their diversity in nominees, the BAFTAs has been slammed for missing the mark with their nominations, which were announced yesterday.

Out of the 18 people nominated across BAFTAs four leading and supporting actor categories, not a single person of colour is up for an award.

The leading actor nominees include Leonardo Di Caprio for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Adam Driver for Marriage Story, Taron Egerton for Rocketman, Joaquin Phoenix for Joker and Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes.

As for leading actress, the nominees are Jessie Buckley for Wild Rose, Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story, Saoirse Ronan for Little Woman, Charlize Theron for Bombshell and Renee Zellweger for Judy.

It was a similar story for the supporting actress category, and whilst we’ve been celebrating our very own Margot Robbie receiving two nominations for her roles in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Bombshell, the lack of diversity is still rather staggering.

Since the nominations were announced, the BAFTAs have copped major backlash on social media with the hashtag #BAFTAsSoWhite and both the chairman and CEO of the awards has acknowledged the problem.

“Clearly everybody knows that everybody in the four acting groups of nominees are white, it’s infuriating, we can’t make the industry do something, all we can do is encourage and push and inspire and try to help people coming in at the bottom end,” Marc Samuelson, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee told PA Media news agency.

Speaking to Radio 4, BAFTAs CEO Amanda Berry said, “if I’m being totally honest, no, I’m very disappointed…I’m going to totally agree with you because that’s how I felt when I first saw the list and this isn’t being disrespectful to anyone who has been nominated because it’s an incredibly strong list this year.”

“If you look at the director category this year in which I hoped we would see at least one female director, that is an incredibly strong list. When I’m looking at the performance categories and the lack of diversity, I think you positioned it very well.”

While Berry acknowledged that BAFTAs “has a role to play,” she also said that the awards “can’t tell the industry which films to greenlight and who to hire.”

“Talent is everywhere but opportunity is not,” she said. “We need to up our efforts and keep the pressure on the industry to create these opportunities.”

While it’s up to the awards to shine a light on a diverse range of talent, it’s equally-as-important for the film industry to cast a diverse range of talent in the first place. However, as many have pointed out – there were plenty of diverse cast members for the BAFTAs to choose from in 2019.

We’ve come so far in recent years but quite clearly there is still a long way to go in terms of equality and representation in Hollywood. Keeping the conversation going is the first step – now it’s time to stop shifting blame and make some real, lasting changes.

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