Richard Madden speaks out against 'unrealistic' body standards for men 3 years ago

Richard Madden speaks out against 'unrealistic' body standards for men

"We’re just feeding this same shit that we’re against."

Richard Madden has spoken out against the unrealistic body image standards that are expected from men in the entertainment industry.


The Bodyguard actor has said that he has taken multiple roles where he was told to lose weight or go to the gym.

He's also had his fat rolls pinched and been forced to wear costumes so binding they're more akin to corsets.


Speaking to British Vogue, he said he almost doesn't like shooting nude scenes because of the unrealistic depiction of the male body perpetuated by such shoots.

“I’ve done numerous jobs where you’re told to lose weight and get to the gym,” he said.

"We’re projecting a very unrealistic body image.

"I find myself with actor friends – after we’ve done a kind of barely eating, working-out-twice-a-day, no-carbing thing for these scenes – looking at each other going: ‘We’re just feeding this same shit that we’re against.’”

“It doesn’t just happen to women, it happens to men all the time as well,” he added.


Madden, who is best known for his roles as Robb Stark in Game of Thrones and David Budd in Bodyguard, also said that he wouldn't at all mind playing a 'Bond Boy' to a female Bond, if such a role ever arose.

In fact, he said it would be an "interesting dynamic."

Before that though, most people are going to be used seeing Madden on their laptop, phone, and television screens.


Bodyguard was just recently added to Netflix, meaning that a whole other audience of people are finally getting to see why one of the biggest shows of last year was, well, that.

And it is. Trust us.