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Sam Claflin Opens Up About Being Body-Shamed on Set: ‘I Felt Like a Piece of Meat’

Sam Claflin
Sam Claflin attends the Spotlight Award Presentation during the 19th Annual Savannah Film Fetival presented by SCAD in 2016. Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Female actors aren’t the only ones being held to Hollywood standards. Sam Claflin told The Sydney Morning Herald on Friday, June 2, that he’s also been body-shamed while on set. So much so, he gets anxiety leading up to auditions and will not eat for “weeks.”

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“I read in an interview recently and I think it’s absolutely true: men have it just as bad,” the Me Before You star, 30, told the publication. “Well, not just as bad but they get it bad and it’s never talked about. 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.’ This other time they were slapping me. I felt like a piece of meat.”

The British hunk admitted that it affected his confidence.

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“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 — and so nervous,” he added. “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.”

Claflin concluded that Hollywood’s standards aren’t normal nowadays. 

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“In the ’50s and ’60s, it was never an issue,” he said. “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.”

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