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When a major actor receives a role that requires obesity, there are two options: go on a high-calorie diet as Robert DeNiro did for Raging Bull and The Untouchables or Vincent D'onofrio did for Full Metal Jacket, and go through the effort of losing that weight afterward - or just wear a Fat Suit. Sometimes a role requires the character be overweight for just a brief period in a film, and to gain and lose weight in such a rapid time is impossible.

Fat Suits are sophisticated three-dimensional prosthetic makeup that go far beyond just putting a pillow under one's shirt. It requires painstaking facial makeup to provide realistic jowls and multiple chins, in addition to the suit, which covers the arms, legs, breasts and belly.

Sometimes, a character, who is otherwise supposed to be skinny, athletic, or at least normal-sized, will don a Fat Suit as a plot point, a disguise or just low comedy.

Not to be confused with the Big Suit.

Examples of Fat Suit include:


Film

  • Eddie Murphy loves this trope:
    • The Nutty Professor (1996) and its sequel have Murphy playing the various adult members of the obese Klump family, meaning he had to wear several different fat suits. The former won an Academy Award for the inestimable Rick Baker.
    • As Norbit's wife in Norbit.
  • Mike Myers wore this as Fat Bastard in the Austin Powers films.
  • Ryan Reynolds in Just Friends
  • Terry Jones as Mr. Creosote in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
  • Goldie Hawn dons one for a segment of Death Becomes Her.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow in Shallow Hal.
  • Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine.
  • Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls.
  • Brian Lloyd wore one in Evil Bong 2
  • Jim Broadbent playing Harold Zidler Moulin Rouge! (2001) wore a fat suit.
  • John Travolta in the movie of the musical of Hairspray.
    • Fortunately, Divine didn't need one in the original.
  • Thinner: Robert John Burke wore one for when his character was initially fat...
  • Alyson Hannigan wore one in Date Movie. What a waste of a beautiful actress...
    • Don't blame the fat suit; she could have at least been funny in the suit had it not been for the script.
  • Pauline Quirke wore a fat suit for the title role as a convicted murderer in The Sculptress. Unusual in that the actress was already overweight at the time.
  • In Mrs. Doubtfire. Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) wears one while in disguise as the title character, though the fact that Euphegenia Doubtfire is overweight is almost incidental to the rest of her character.
  • Malcolm Turner (played by Martin Lawrence) in the Big Momma's House films, puts on a fat suit to go undercover as the titular Big Momma.
  • In a gag ending of Dodgeball, Ben Stiller wears a huge fat suit and dances the Milkshake Dance while jiggling his prosthetic man boobs during the final credits
  • Katt Williams gets talked into wearing one by a couple of douche bag movie producers in Katt Williams:American Hustle
  • Anton Makarsky wore one as a gag in the Russian movie 7 Glavnykh Zhelaniy
  • Kevin Durand as The Blob in X-Men Origins
  • Hunky Chris Pratt wore one in a quick scene in the movie What's Your Number?
  • Pistachio Disguisey (Face Palm) in The Master of Disguise.
  • Meg Ryan in My Mother's New Boyfriend
  • Pyotr Fyodorov wears an extreme fat suit and fat hands during a gag scene in the Russian movie Odnoklassniki: NaCLICKay luck about a man who discovers a magic laptop
  • Ahmed Helmy wears a full head-to-toe fat suit in the Egyptian film X-Large
  • In To Be Fat Like Me, the main character dresses up in a fatsuit to see what it's like living "on the other side" as a fat person. Since she's just a teenager, one wonders where she gets the money for such an expensive disguise.
  • Ostensibly, Emma Thompson wore one for Love Actually, although if she did, it was done in a very understated and tasteful way.
  • Tom Cruise as Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder.
    • The nature of comedies that feature their stars in fat suits is also parodied in the In-Universe trailer for The Fatties, Fart 2.
  • In Revenge of The Pink Panther, Clouseau impersonates a Mafia don with a fat suit and cotton in his cheeks, which he nearly chokes on at one point.
  • Adam Sandler wore a fat suit in Click.
  • Tim Allen as Scott Calvin in The Santa Clause once he's unwittingly assumed the Santa identity.
    • Inverted with the "desantification" process in the sequel, added at Allen's request because he had horrific skin problems from the fat suit in the original movie.
  • Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona (voted "The Player of the Century" by the club's fans after the turn of the Millennium) wore one in the French film L'Outremangeur (Translation: The Overeater) in which he has the starring role, a fat cop.
  • German actor Sebastian Ströbel wore a full fat suit and fat hands in the movie Plötzlich Fett about a fitness trainer who wakes up one morning super obese
  • Matthew Lewis wore this in the later Harry Potter movies.
  • Steve Carell as a gag in Get Smart
  • Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng wear fat suits and during the movie Love On a Diet
    • In a gag scene near the end of Love on a DIet, Rikiya Kurokawa and Asuka Higuchi (the rivals) also wear fat suits just as the main characters loss weight and become skinny
    • Andy Lau would again go under prosthetic fx wearing a gigantic latex bodybuilder muscle suit in the movie Running on Karma two years later
  • Orson Welles in Touch of Evil, which soon became reality.
  • In the movie Past Tense, Xian Lim wore a fat suit
  • Sam Milby in My Big Love

Literature

  • Unto the Breach has superspy Jay donning a fat suit as part of a disguise during a mission.

Live Action TV

  • After Battlestar Galactica's Time Skip, Jamie Bamber briefly wears padding and some makeup effects to make it look like Lee Adama has let go of his previously trim physique.
  • Martin Short as Jiminy Glick, which was later turned into a movie.
  • Will had to wear one in an episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
  • Monk has the character Dale the Whale (played by Tim Curry).
  • Patrick Thomas wore a fat suit and fat face prosthetics in a Goosebumps episode called "Say Cheese and Die Again" about a skinny boy who turns obese by an evil camera
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  • The Drew Carey Show. Kate Walsh, playing Drew's brief love interest Nicki.
  • Subverted on Frasier, when Jane Leeves (who plays Daphne) was pregnant. Rather than do a Hide Your Pregnancy, the script-writers gave Daphne an eating-disorder instead, since this worked better as Daphne's lower-class reaction to Niles' over-idealistic beliefs about her. However, in the later episode Freudian Sleep, Leeves wore a ridiculous ballooning, ever-growing fat suit as Daphne dreamt she was getting terminally fat.
  • Rob Dyrdek, Chris Pfaff (Drama) and Chanel West Coast wore them on Rob Dyrdek's Fun Factory
    • Rob Dyrdek also wore fat suit prosthetics on Rob & Big
  • Not as extreme as most examples, Amy Linker wore padding to play pudgy Lauren in Square Pegs.
  • Little Britain. The two performers each wore a fat suit to play the enormously obese Bubbles and Desiree De Vere.
  • In the British series Plebs, Ryan Sampson wears one (plus a rack of man boobs) after being fattened up by his new girlfriend
  • Skinny actor Danny Smith (as Merton) gets fattened by mutant spider people in an episode of Big Wolf on Campus
  • David Suchet dons one of these to play Hercule Poirot.
  • According to the commentary, Camille Coduri uses one to play Jackie Tyler on Doctor Who.
  • Oscar Madison on The Odd Couple did this, because he had lost a lot of weight on "Fat-Away Diet Pills" and needed to take pictures for the "Before" portion of the ads.
  • In an episode of the 1960s Batman The Joker wore a fatsuit to pretend to be the Maharajah of Nimpah. Batman punchured the disguise by poking him in the rear with a Bat-JokerInAFatSuitPoker. (Well, it was really just a letter opener, but you know he has one.)
  • Dennis from Head of the Class, over the summer had lost a lot of weight but wore padding to pretend he had actually gained weight, until he tore it off for The Reveal.

 Darlene: Seriously Dennis, you need to lose the weight.

Dennis: OK, OK, I will... right now!

  • In Spin City, Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty (Michael J. Fox) wears a fat suit to a charity bachelor auction. He gets no takers.
  • In an episode My Wife and Kids the cast (incluidng the kids) wear fat suits during a dream sequence
  • Neil Patrick Harris wore one on How I Met Your Mother
  • Young actor Munro Chambers wore a fat suit and makeup effects in the show The Latest Buzz showing what his character would look like in the future
  • The Klistchkos Brothers wear fat suits and fat arms in a campaign for McFit Gyms
  • Danish TV host Morten Spiegelhauer wore one for a fat suit expose in Operation X
  • Will Mellor (as Gaz) wore a fat suit and prosthetics on two different episodes of Two Pints Lager and a Packet of Crisps
  • Bruce McCullough wore a huge one (as well as fat arms, belly and legs) as Fat Ricky in the comedy miniseries The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town
  • Bill Hader in various SNL skits
  • Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, and Kevin Sussman all wore fat suits in an episode of The Big Bang Theory
  • Kelly Carlson during a fat fantasy sequence on Nip/Tuck
  • Wild Danish TV hosts Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno wore prosthetic fat suits during their trip to the USA, stuffing themselves with McDonalds before going to the doctors
  • In an episode of Thirty Rock, Tracy tries becoming a white girl, which makes him look homely and fat.
  • Tyra Banks wore a fat suit on her talk show to examine the idea that (surprise!) fat people are treated worse than supermodels. I've also seen this on one or more Prime Time News Magazine programs, with correspondents being "shocked, SHOCKED" that fat people get less respect than non-fat people.
  • Brett Delbuono played a 500 pound boy on an episode of Private Practice wearing huge fat suit prosthetics, arms and legs.
  • Matt LeBlanc and Courtney Cox in Friends
  • Jon Stewart once wore one on The Daily Show after coming back from vacation, making it look like he's gained weight over the holidays. He appeared without it for the rest of the episode, claiming a filter had been applied to the camera to make him look normal.
    • David Letterman wore a fat suit for a few filmed bits they made to show him letting himself go in between his gigs on Late Night and Late Show.
  • Pruitt Taylor Vince wore one to play a 500-pound patient of the week on House.
  • Inigo Pascual wore one on an episode of MMK
  • Bret Harrison is forced to wear a fat suit and fat makeup during an episode of The Loop
  • Topher Grace on That 70s Show
  • In the French film series Le Palmashow, Grégoire Ludig and David Marsais wear them during a comedy sketch spoofing Dominos Pizza
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  • James A. Woods in a episode of The Business
  • Tony Gardner wore one on an episode of My Parents are Aliens
  • Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns play various fat characters in the comedy sketch show Cardinal Burns
  • DW Moffatt wore a fat suit makeup in an episode of Watching Ellie
  • Jonny Freeman wore one as a gag in M.I. High
  • James Patrick Stuart and Wendy Malick wear fat suits and makeup fx during an episode of Hot in Cleveland
  • Max Greenfield as Fat Schmidt on New Girl
  • The Brazilian comedy troupe The Banana Mechanics wore them in various TV comedy skits
  • Extremely skinny Franco Rodriguez wore a prosthetic fat suit and chubby hands during an episode of Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) to find out what it was like to be overweight
  • On an episode of Scrubs, Scott Foley wears one as a sight gag in a quick scene
  • Jimmy Fallon wore a full fat suit in a SNL comedy sketch "Subshack" spoofing Jared Fogle of the Subway commercials
  • German Chidren's TV Hosts Ralph Caspers and Shary Reeves wore them on Wissen macht ah!
  • Comedian Michael Ian Black wore fat suits in two different TV series: Ed and The Jim Gaffigan Show
  • Filipino supermodel and actor Jake Cuenca wore a fat suit (including fat arms and legs) for Wansapanataym
  • Russian TV host Ivan Urgant wore one on Evening Urgant!
  • BBC presenter Matt Baker wore one on the Blue Peter Christmas special and also sings Weird Al's "Eat It" in his fat suit
  • James Van Der Beek wore one on an episode of Don't Trust the B***
  • Bryan Cranston in Malcolm in the Middle during a "what if" episode
  • Comedian Lenny Clarke in an episode of Survivor's Remorse

Music Videos

  • "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Fat". Weird Al dons an incredible, inflatable fat suit in it, which he also dons everytime he performs the song live. (Awesome, I know.)
  • The Bluetones - "Marblehead Johnson" music video - Band members Mark Morriss, Scott Morriss, Adam Devlin, and Eds Chesters are all made up as a band of obese rockers wearing complete fat suits and fat hands years before Rammstein did the same
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    The Bluetones donning fat suits during Marblehead Johnson

  • Rammstein, bar Flake, in the Music Video for "Keine Lust".
    • Till Lindemann of Rammstein also put on a fat suit makeup for the music video "Haifisch"
    • Rammstein all appeared at the 2005 Echo Awards and performed live wearing their fat suits and fat prosthetics under hot lights. Once again Flake opted to stay skinny.
  • Michael Jackson wears one to play an evil (and white) mayor in the long-form video/short film Ghosts.
  • Swedish pop star Robin Stjernberg wore a fat suit and prosthetics in his music video, "Body Language"

Web Comics

  • Spinnerette (reluctantly) wears one of these in order to hide her identity as the eponymous heroine. Well, she has to hide her extra arms somehow...

Western Animation

  • Robot Chicken parodied some of the Film examples with the Real Trailer, Fake Movie Giant Fat Black Lady Who's Really a Black Man in a Really Big Fat Suit. "Now see the movie you've already seen!"
  • Pepper Ann did this Trope once.
  • In Futurama, the evil Mom has a literal Fat Suit for use in almost all public appearances - it turns her from looking like a tall, incredibly skinny old woman in thigh-high boots, to looking like a stereotypical sweet old Southern matronly grandmother type. Admittedly it isn't used on her face but she still manages the matronly expression most of the time.

Real Life

  • The Bachelor's Aaron Buerge wore a fat suit and prosthetics once for a Halloween party
  • Taking their cue from The Bluetones and Rammstein, the Italian band/singers Elio e le Storie Tese wore full fat suits on stage during the San Remo music festival 2013
  • Jamie Oliver, a British crusader for healthy school meals and famous chef, once wore a fat suit to prove a point.
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    • Related to the above point, one comedy show had characters called Jamie and Oliver, two obese schoolboys who bore a striking resemblance to Jamie Oliver, and were an obvious parody. Don't remember what show it was, however.

Am I the only one wondering how he's gonna fit through the launch window in a fatsuit?

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