James Corden has hit out at the absence of "chubby" actors from leading film and TV roles, bemoaning that they never get to fall in love or have sex.
The Late Late Show host said the best "fat" people could expect when looking for screen parts was to be cast as the funny friend of an "attractive" star, rather than secure a main part for themselves.
Speaking on David Tennant Does A Podcast With, the 40-year-old said such actors "never really fall in love" and "never have sex" on the big or small screen, and that "no-one ever finds you attractive".
He told fellow actor Tennant that his experience of being excluded from roles is what spurred him on to start writing, which eventually led to him co-creating the hit sitcom Gavin & Stacey.
"I had no idea if I'd be able to write," said Corden, who has become a worldwide star since he began hosting his US talk show four years ago.
"It came about because I'd done a film with Shane Meadows, I'd done a Mike Leigh film and done Fat Friends on ITV, and now I was in this play which was the play to see (The History Boys).
"And I was in this play with seven other boys who were at a similar age and a similar place in our careers, and pretty much every day, three or four of these boys would come in with this massive film script under their arm."
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Corden, who continues to present Sky One sports quiz show A League Of Their Own, said he and two other actors in the acclaimed History Boys production were eventually told about the "hottest script".
He told Tennant that his two colleagues were sent the script for the lead roles, while he only got two pages with a view to playing a minor role as a newsagent during the opening of the film.
Corden recalled: "I really felt like people were going, 'We think you're quite good. It's just because of what you look like.'
"If you only watch TV or films, if an alien came back and they had to take a reading on planet Earth by just watching films or TV, they would imagine that if you are chubby or fat or big, you never really fall in love, you never have sex.
"Certainly no-one really ever finds you attractive.
"You will be good friends with people who are attractive and often will be a great sense of comfort to them and perhaps chip in with the odd joke every now and again.
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