For a fat guy in the entertainment industry, excess baggage can be a pivotal part of his professional identity. So when a chubby dude drops some serious stones, people notice. We can’t fault a guy for wanting to get healthy, but dramatic weight loss can completely change his appearance: features become exaggerated, skin becomes loose and rosy cheeks become pallid. While some of the men below don’t necessarily look bad, they all look weird and unfamiliar, like alien versions of their former, fat selves. Skim our list and see if you agree with our take on fat guys turned thin.
1. Jonah Hill
Hill made a name for himself playing plump, loveable, fro-tastic dorks in "Knocked Up," "Superbad" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." When he shed pounds after filming "Moneyball," Hill didn’t get buff, but rather landed in the dreaded no man’s land between fat and firm known as flabby. Unable to play full-figured funny guys and not fit enough to play leading men, we’re confused with where he’s headed. Moreover, his thinner face and short hair have revealed previously hidden giant elfin ears. Too bad there’s not a fourth "Lord of the Rings."
2. Drew Carey
Carey lost upwards of 80 pounds by cutting carbs and upping his cardio. From far away, the host of "The Price Is Right" looks OK, albeit nothing like the original, husky Drew. But up close he’s all skin and scariness. Losing 80 pounds actually made Carey look older, more washed out, and a lot like both Larry King and Orville Reddenbacher. If he achieves his goal of shedding a few more pounds, he’ll look like a coat rack with shoes.
3. Ron Lester
You’re probably thinking, "Who the hell is Ron Lester?" Ron played asthmatic linebacker Billy Bob in "Varsity Blues." The actor, who weighed 508 pounds in the film, now weighs about 160 pounds. We wouldn’t recognize him as Billy Bob if he punched us in the face while wearing a Blue Coyote’s jersey that actually said “Billy Bob” on the back. We can’t blame Lester for wanting to live, but a happy medium might have ensured some roles after he lost his rolls.
4. John Popper
Blues Traveler’s soulful lead singer was supposedly inspired to get gastric bypass surgery after he sat on a toilet and it ripped off of the wall. We agree that demolishing plumbing fixtures is a sign to take action. While he’s gained back a bit of the weight and looks relatively normal now, when Popper first emerged thin, his head looked absolutely enormous. His noggin to body ratio approximated that of a bobble-head doll. Popper himself has even noted the disparity.
5. Perez Hilton
Let’s pretend your girlfriend familiarized you with this super annoying one-time chair crusher. The self-proclaimed “Queen of Media” has dropped over 75 pounds in recent years. While his body looks pretty ripped—you can’t avoid a shirtless picture when doing an image search—his face is totally disproportionate. As it turns out, his chubby cheeks helped downplay his Frankenstein-like features. Hilton’s forehead could serve as the projection screen for a drive-in movie.
6. Wayne Knight
Most well known for his role as Newman on "Seinfeld," Knight has dropped a Kristin Chenoweth worth of weight since the show. Despite the massive loss, Knight somehow still has his double chin and droopy man boobs. This is what we call a total fail. We hope he’s decided hard work to slim down is a waste and is back to eating Elaine’s muffin stumps.
7. Al Roker
One-time butterball Al Roker lost well over 100 pounds and dropped 20 suit sizes in 2002. Like Popper, skinny Al suffered from bobble head syndrome. And like Carey, he had a bad case of turkey neck. The combo resulted in all-around old dude creepiness. Roker has gained a bit back over the years, which is good because we were starting to think he and Randy Jackson were the same person.
8. Peter Jackson
The "Lord of the Rings" director used to look like your average no-nonsense New Zealander. In the past decade he’s been Hollywood-ized: he’s lost about 70 pounds and had laser eye surgery. The guy is hardly recognizable. His entire face, once ruddy and now gaunt, appears to have elongated. In the process, his features have become more pronounced. We didn’t even realize he had eyes under that face fat. Were he to lose the beard and trim the hair, all traces of the original kiwi would be gone and Daniel Day-Lewis would stand in his place.
9. Forest Whitaker
Known for playing big, hulking men, like Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland," Whitaker showed up at the 2010 Oscars 80 pounds lighter and looking like a strong wind could blow him over. His gangly appearance was so unbecoming that bloggers speculated he was battling cancer, or an equally devastating illness. Whitaker wasn’t actually sick but said diet and cardio created his flimsy physique. He’s looking better these days and must have realized that pumping some iron is key to appearing healthy, as opposed to saggy.
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10. Jeff Cohen
Starring as Chunk in "The Goonies," this child actor who introduced us to the Truffle Shuffle is now too skinny to even attempt it. Like many pre-pubescent teens, Cohen eventually, and unfortunately, grew out of his full-figured frame and lost his mop of red hair. We’re not the only ones upset about his weight loss. The actor was disheartened to learn that he couldn’t get gigs as a non-roly-poly and eventually gave up acting and entered entertainment law.