What is it about fat guys in movies? Is it just that they’re funny looking or something? Is there a jolly kind of quality to them? Honestly I’m not 100% what the reason is, but I won’t deny the fact that an overweight character always seems to add a fun element to a film.Â And please cut it out with the P.C. stuff.Â There are fat guys in movies, period.Â Want me to call them “bigger?” Fine.
Whether it’s flapping their arms around in a small coat or displaying their drinking skills by downing a bottle of alcohol, the slobby, overweight character will always be a staple in movies. Here are 15 awesome fat guys in movies.
Tommy Calahan – Tommy Boy
Probably one of, if not the most classic fat guys in movie history. The Amount of amazingness that came out of Chris Farley for this movie is unlimited. I just hope this one clip does a bit of justice, even though I know it doesn’t.
The Kid – Bad Santa
You know how amazing this kid is? He doesn’t even have a name! In the IMDB profile for the movie he’s listed as “the kid.” His real name is Brett Kelly and I love when he says “It’s a wooden pickle.”
House – Police Academy Movies or The Same Guy in Wildcats
Favorite House scene? When he sits on the plane in Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach. Other than that, I just like him. In Wildcats his shining moment is blocking the kick at the end.
Bluto from Animal House
Other than Tommy Boy, Belushi’s character in this movie will also go down as one of the best in history. Shining moment is definitely downing the bottle of Jack.
Walter Sobchak in Big Lebowski
“Dude, you’re being very undude.”
Dynamo in Running Man or Grossberger in Stir Crazy
This guy is known for his voice. Personally I found his character to be simply amazing in Stir Crazy. Shining moment is when he sings the song “Birmingham Jail.” And let’s not forget his opera voice in Running Man. P.S. his real name is Erland Van Lidth.
Minnesota Fats in The Hustler
Who can ever forget this performance by Jackie Gleason? One of the all time great fat guys. Hell his name has the word fat in it.
Fat Bastard from Austin Powers Movies
I personally am not a fan of Fat Bastard but I couldn’t leave him off the list. Seriously, he’s just too disgusting to look at for me to handle.
Uncle Buck or Any John Candy Character
I prefer Uncle Buck over most of John Candy’s characters but you can pretty much pick them all. Shining moment in Uncle Buck? “Have a rat gnaw that thing off your face.”
Chunk – Goonies
Do I even need to put an explanation here?
Bob From Fight Club
Meatloaf’s breasts definitely deserved a mention here. “His name is Robert Paulson.”
Fat Boys – Disorderlies
Personally I think this is one of the most underrated comedies ever. Of course it isn’t funny but the silliness of this movie makes me laugh. It’s really the fattest fat boy but they’re all awesome. Plus the entire movie has sounds from cartoons. Great slapstick stuff.
Chubby – Teen Wolf
Why did he act so surprised when he hit a jump shot in the state finals? Dude, you’re on a team in the state finals. I would hope you know how to shoot. Same guy is Francis in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.
Engelberg – Bad News Bears
This guy was AWESOME. “Shut the damned door!”
Billy Bob – Varsity Blues
Has anyone seen what this dude looks like now? He’s 100% thin and hasn’t appeared in a movie since well….Varsity Blues? Actually no, he was in Not Another Teen Movie, but still.