A fact which some people have unfortunately failed to grasp is that many actors radically change their appearances for roles. In a lot of cases, this means taking on a completely new diet and exercise regime to get into the best shape of their life.
Once filming is over, many of these actors chose to put their new lifestyles to the side and happily munch on a well-deserved takeaway (or three). Unfortunately, this has led to a number of actors being body shamed for their choices.
When a person is in the public eye, their appearance is subject to more scrutiny than your Average Joe's, and because we live in a society that praises perfect bodies, actors going from #Fitspo to their previous physique doesn't usually go down well.
A prime example of an actor who knows this first hand is 54-year-old Russell Crowe, pictured below in Gladiator.
Since starring in the role which made him a household name in 2000, Crowe took on further roles which required him to radically change his physique such as the 2008 spy thriller Body of Lies - for which, he gained a whopping 63 pounds.
Speaking about how he went from Gladiator to dad bod, the actor said to Access Hollywood that he simply gorged on junk food.
"If you want to put on weight, you just elect to live a sedentary life," he said, admitting that he ate cheeseburgers for breakfast.
Now the actor has been photographed taking a stroll in London with his personal assistant and looks a world away from the body which earned him the nickname "Russell the Muscle", and unfortunately, he's once again being body shamed.
One commenter on the Daily Mail's website wrote, "They say men get better with age, not in this case. Unfortunately undeniable."
Another added, "Wish he'd take a little better care of himself though, he's enormously obese and a sitting duck for heart trouble at his age. I wanna see this guy live many more decades!"
This is what The Doctors had to say about the fat-shaming of Russell Crowe:
Since divorcing from his wife of 15 years last month after separating in 2013, it has been claimed that Crowe is romantically involved with the young brunette. However, he has completely denied these allegations.
When the pictures of the pair in Mexico emerged online, Crowe tweeted, "Been told there are pics of me 'on holiday with a young woman' in Mexico.' This was followed by the hashtags, "#thereforameeting #shesmyassistant #defamersbegone."
Yesterday, while taking a stroll in London's Chelsea, the pair stopped to have a cigarette.
However, this is not the first time that Crowe has recently been photographed in London. He was also spotted in the audience for Britain's Got Talent - a popular reality TV show in the United Kingdom.
In 2014, Crowe explained that there were very valid reasons for his body having changed so much over time:
"At 49, I find it a little bit difficult to run these days. I've got grade four tears in both Achilles, shin splints, I got no cartilage the toes in my right foot, I've got bone marrow edemas under both knees, I've got one degenerating hip - that's the problem you get."
The 54-year-old was also body shamed when he was photographed playing basketball in March.
However, Crowe has tried in the past to get his Gladiator body back and in 2011, Men's Health reported that the actor went gluten-free in his quest to do so - and subsequently lost 16 pounds in a short space of time.
While many people go gluten free because they are intolerant, if you are considering it to lose weight like Crowe you need to realize that a gluten-free diet does not automatically lead to weight loss in and of itself.
"Some people think that a gluten-free diet is a grain-free diet, which isn't true because not every grain contains gluten - even some types of rice and quinoa are gluten-free," Synthia Sass, M.P.H., R.D., and nutritionist for the New York Rangers said. "But if that’s your perception and you eliminate all grains, you're going to cut significant calories, which will probably lead to weight loss."
Although Crowe might have gained weight again since 2011, as this article demonstrates, his weight has continually fluctuated.
So before you fat shame your favorite actors for their dietary and lifestyle choices, you might want to remember that not only are they people with free will, but they might be physically injured from the roles that made them hit the big time in the first place.