Chin Up, Peeta: Ain't Nothin' Wrong with a Short Man
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Chin Up, Peeta: Ain't Nothin' Wrong with a Short Man

By Sarah Carlson | Seriously Random Lists | December 3, 2013 | Comments ()


Forget the arena: The movie magic I enjoyed the most during The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was all the different ways director Francis Lawrence (not to mention all the reps in charge of marketing) found to make the 5’6” Josh Hutcherson appear roughly the same height as the 5’10” Jennifer Lawrence.

An apple crate surely was used.



Or maybe silts.



It was all about angles and positioning and keeping Katniss the hell out of heels.


Because when Lawrence wears heels, the visual is different.



But you know what? That’s OK. Hutcherson is no less charming, talented or adorable when we see the height difference between him and Lawrence full-on. Why not embrace it? The tricking-the-eye gimmicks are just silly. Let’s move past the “real men are tall” theme or whatever is going on here. Shorter men are still men. And if women are able to pick them up and carry them, then so be it. Nothing wrong with it.


Hutcherson is in good company. Here are 20 other actors and musicians who come in at 5’8” or under.

Aziz Ansari (5’6”)


Daniel Radcliffe (5’5”)


Jack Black (5’6”)


Tom Cruise (5’7”)


Danny DeVito (5’0”)


Robert Downey Jr. (5’8”, although some sites list him at 5’9”)


Jesse Eisenberg (5’7”)


Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal (5’6”)


Paul Simon (5’3”)


Peter Dinklage (4’5”)


Michael J. Fox (5’4”)


Dustin Hoffman (5’6”)


Mark Wahlberg (5’8”)


Al Pacino (5’7”)


Zac Efron (5’8”)


Prince (5’2”)


Marc Anthony (5’7”)


Jon Stewart (5’6”)


Seth Green (5’4”)


Lil Wayne (5’6”)


Lawrence approves.


Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio. You can find her on Twitter.

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  • Bert_McGurt

    I'm a bit tickled by this since I've been told I very much resemble an older, taller (by a solid half-foot) Josh Hutcherson on more than a few occasions.

  • Strand

    I can only think in metric and had to have my phone out reading this list. Goddamn, Prince is 157cm? As a dude, I'm thankful that I ended up with the not freakish but 'acceptable' 180cm/5'11"

  • Whaddaya know. I made the tall list at 5'10".

  • Stephen Wong

    Ain't nothing wrong with reviewing Oldboy.

  • annie

    No Jeremy Renner?! And I have a hard time believing that RDJ is, at best, 5'8".

  • Walt Jr

    Elevator shoes friend. They're lifts. You can get em on Amazon. It's like high heels for dudes! Jennifer is also probably wearing heels in those premiere photos

  • e jerry powell

    I beez pickin' 'em all up and puttin' 'em in my nasty little pocketses.

  • grr arrgh
  • CaribbeanLaura

    Martin Freeman is another pocket sized cutie isn't he. But he is a little rough with all those middle fingers. He might tear my pockets!

  • grr arrgh

    I would quite like a pocket Martin. I could take him out and he and I would mock other people. As far as I'm concerned, he can tear my pockets as long as he doesn't stop just there.

  • CaribbeanLaura

    Naughty Naughty!! I myself have declared my sordid love for Josh Hutcherson a couple of times on this site. He can bring his apple crate or I can stoop. (I'm 5'10" )

  • grr arrgh

    Is your love sordid due to the height difference or an age difference? I see nothing wrong with either. Case in point: I'm 20 and 5'4" and I'd take Daniel Radcliffe, Martin Freeman, Jeremy Renner or my beloved 6'1" Benedict Cumberbatch (or Cumbermuffin as I like to call him). I'd carry around my own apple crate to be with Cumbermuffin.

  • CaribbeanLaura

    Well I am 6 years older than he is. However I believe that I have the temperament of a 20 year old so that's fine lol, you're right I should not be ashamed of my loves. BTW I think we may have to have a shank fight for Ben (yes he tells me to call him Ben!)

  • grr arrgh

    Pfft, 6 years isn't much. A shank fight you say? I don't think we should resort to violence. Let's Chasing Amy this bitch and go threeway.

  • CaribbeanLaura

    I like where your mind is at!! *puts down shank that she has been sharpening for the past couple of minutes*

  • grr arrgh

    If I can't win a hand to hand combat fight in Skyrim, how am I gonna do in real life? Besides, why fight and risk the possibility of losing when we can compromise and both enjoy some sexy times with Sir Batch of Cumber? Also, I have no issue whatsoever upgrading to a foursome and tossing Mr. Hiddleston in.

  • CaribbeanLaura

    Oooooohhhh my kryptonite, the sweet, earnest Tommy Hiddles!! You're sweeten this deal very nicely. We can be friends!

  • grr arrgh

    He's just so cute and polite. I couldn't resist that face. Also, making him roleplay as Loki. That would have to be done at some point. Hooray! Let's be friends and ride off into a burnt sienna sunset heading towards our foursome.

  • CaribbeanLaura


  • Sara_Tonin00

    I keep thinking JLaw is channeling Brienne in that header pic.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    I've never seen that "Lawrence as the MGM Lion" gif. That is magnificent.

  • Brian Byrd (6-6)

    /watches short guys get trampled by ladies running into my arms

  • JoannaRobinson

    Oh hiiiiiiii.

  • luthien26

    You know who else is surprisingly short (not traditionally attractive, but he's an action star badass)? Danny Freakin' Trejo. He's 5'6". I would never have guessed that!

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Dude. I am taller than Prince. And the same height as Paul Simon. So yeah, Hutcherson is taller than me... most people are.

  • Carrie

    I am trying not to fall into a Josh H crush, since I am far too old and all, but he was so lovely in CF.

    And it is always weird to see I am taller than a bunch of leading men. I just assume they are at least 6 foot.

  • Jifaner

    The Mr is 5'7" (barely) and I'm 5'4". It works perfectly. I was always more comfortable with shorter guys anyway.

  • grr arrgh

    Hugging tall guys is just a pain half the time. Took 5'4' me and 5'10" friend two years to work it so that he doesn't smack me in the chin with his shoulder. We both tried to compensate for the height difference so I would stand on tiptoes and he'd hunch over. This is why I want Daniel Radcliffe. He's much closer to my height so he would be so compact and convenient.

  • Jifaner

    Yes, my date to sr prom was 6'4" and it was incredibly awkward

  • grr arrgh

    Lemme guess. You were at his nipple level whilst dancing? I bet that was fun. Sorry.

  • Jifaner


  • chanohack

    My brothers are 6'5" and 6'8". They generally hug very gently to avoid injuring people, which is rather unlike a hug.

  • Maguita NYC

    Maybe an introduction is in order...

  • chanohack

    Do you like gingers? My "little" (read: tallest) brother looks rather like Prince Hans from Frozen. He's THE CUTEST.

  • Maguita NYC

    I do love gingers! Even better, they seem to love me as well!

  • grr arrgh

    Oh how sweet of them. My friend isn't a violent hugger, just awkward due to his height. I've learned to just sort of aim for his torso rather than leaning up.

  • John W

    Louie De Palma rules!

  • JoannaRobinson


  • Wait a sec...all this talk about short guys and tall ladies, AND NO SPAMBOTS YET?!!?!!

  • Mrs. Julien

    Conversely, I was surprised by how tall Ian McKellan was on Jon Stewart. He's 5'11' apparently. Pater Julien was 5'11" and I thought he was short for the longest time because the Julien men tend to have height. Not gargantuan height, but 6' and somewhat over.

  • oilybohunk7

    I used to work at a hotel and I got free tickets and backstage passes to a Godsmack show, I just looked it up and the internets say that the lead singer is 5'6. LIES. I'm 5'6 and he came up to my chin. Also, that was an... interesting crowd,

  • TK

    Fahkin' Gawdsmack, kid. They fahkin' rawk.

  • Robert

    Such an interesting combination of resume height and real height. I'm 5'6" for real. I ran into Seth Green (literally) at NYCC this year and I towered over him while we were both wearing Converse. Jon Stewart actually is 5'6". Has Jon Stewart interviewed Seth Green or any of these other performers? That's an easy test.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    John Stewart doesn't stand up to greet his guests - at least, not unhunched over.

  • BWeaves

    I'm 5'5" and I tower over most of the people I know when wearing flats. I can't even imagine being 5'10" and then wearing heels.

  • 5'11" here and prior to having kids used to live in heels! The key is to bring the right attitude. And by right attitude I clearly mean, "Valkyrie."

  • BWeaves

    Good for you! My best friend since high school is over 6 feet tall, and she owns her height. I get seasick on 3 inch heels, so I personally cannot imagine being that tall. I'm sure it would come naturally if I was.

    I also love the idea of having the attitude of Valkyrie. I really like that.

  • grr arrgh

    From here on out, I will live my life trying to have the attitude of a Valkyrie. I will overcome any obstacles armed with my imagined badassery. Thank you madam.

  • Naye

    Ahem. Bruno Mars, and Chris Messina.

  • Maguita NYC

    Chris Messina is in the petite category?

  • Naye

    Isn't he? You have to forgive me, all of my exes are 6'1 and over. I consider "looking me dead in the eye" petite lol. And these are the only two I could spend the rest of my life with knowing that high-heeled slow dances could be awkward lol

    No, no, no! That sounded bad. I've always been a little on the thicker side and can get a little errr...rough (and have really broad shoulders for some reason), so somehow taller guys make me feel idk...less mannish.

  • Maguita NYC

    Apparently Chris is at 5'9, so... 5'8-ish in reality. And I understand the feeling somehow small in a big man's arms. But nothing beats eye-to-eye contact during sporting events: Tackling, wrestling and the long-winded over-night marathon.

  • Naye

    Lol they seem to always cast him opposite other much taller men. I've had a cinderblock in place of a heart for about two years now, so eye contact in the sporting area has been minimal. Don't want anybody getting any ideas and whatnot lol.

  • Lisa Bee

    Isn't Jeremy Renner only about 5'7" too? I might be wrong, but he looks little and I love it.

    It's so weird to me that a lot of ladies are strongly against dating people shorter than them, though being 4'11" myself I guess I just don't really have a problem with that in general. Too bad, tall ladies with height-dating rules: that just means more Michael J. Foxes for me!

  • emmalita

    I'm just shy of 5'4" and have date men who are shorter than I am when I wear heels. I didn't have a problem with it, but other people could be unpleasant about it. And that was just stupid.

  • chanohack

    So you're saying you don't understand people who have had a vastly different life experience than yours?

  • Lisa Bee

    Oh no, I mean I can understand the reasoning behind not per say wanting to date a shorter guy! I just think there are more important things to worry about? I don't know how to explain it... Sorry... Oh cripes, now I feel unempathetic

  • Maguita NYC

    Yes, Jeremy Renner is in the Tea-cup boyfriend category.

  • grr arrgh

    Can one have sexy nude tea parties with a tea-cup boyfriend or is that just tacky? Also, thank you for providing me with the phrase "tea-cup boyfriend".

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I prefer the term "pocket hottie" myself, though tea-cup boyfriend is more elegant.

  • grr arrgh

    LOL. That too is awesome and I agree with your sentiment. I'll keep both of those for future use.

  • Maguita NYC

    Yeah we try to keep it slightly elegant over here.

  • Maguita NYC

    One can indeed have sexy nude tea parties with tea-cup boyfriend, but of course, one would have to serve "crumpets" with saucers.

  • grr arrgh

    I applaud your ability to turn crumpets into an innuendo.

  • Maguita NYC

    It's an art form I learned on Pajiba. I used to be proper and dull as a wallflower. (Stop with your snorts!)

  • grr arrgh

    I hope I too shall break free from my dull wallflowering as you have and become a fully fledged sex-minded snarker. Also, I've been told I need help not driving an innuendo into the ground.....

  • Maguita NYC

    I'm pretty sure many would be glad to provide you with service! And I, of course upon request. Which doesn't have to be written, you just need to post some hot-man's manfur. It is my own Batman signal.

  • grr arrgh

    Manfur you say. I believe I can arrange that. (It posted the pic twice. Sorry not sorry.)

  • grr arrgh

    And I'll be happy to be so graciously serviced. ( I getting better or did I ruin it? /sweats nervously)

  • Bedewcrock

    That's why he does so well as pocket Hawkeye for the Hulk!

  • John G.

    what I don't understand is why they cast him if their heights are so different. It's not like he was a huge star. Once they had Lawrence, why go with a short guy? I'm sure there were good looking, decent-acting guys that were at least as tall as her in casting.

  • Emilie

    i really liked that they picked kentuckians for katniss and peeta, since district 13 is basically appalachia.

  • NateMan

    Probably, but Hutcherson was very right for that role. He's got the sort of male version of a wallflower they were going for, I think.

  • FrayedMachine

    I feel weird knowing that I'm taller than Prince. I knew he was short but... damn. He's such a tiny little peanut

  • AvaLehra

    I always knew he was short, but when I saw him in concert he was like a teeny Polly Pocket. So stinkin' cute! I just wanted to run up on stage and snatch him away. Also, I totally had to take this picture on the sly. Great, now his bodyguards are going to come and take me away.

    See?! Teeny!

  • FrayedMachine

    Oh my god he's so itty bitty!

  • AvaLehra

    And he was wearing his big ass heels.

  • Guest

    Average height for a man is 5'6" for a woman it's 5'3", anything is unusual.

    Not that I don't thank the good genetics that produced J-Law's gams.

    Unfortunately you can't just put a guy in heels.

  • JJ

    In the US it's just over 5'9" for adult men, and just under 5'4" for adult women. And Prince has made a living as a man in heels.

  • Jiffylush

    When they do it by race you end up with White American's being 5'10.5 and 5'5.

    As far as putting a guy in heels, they are called lifts.

  • barcia

    Anything over 2" is just called Cruising height, right? 'Cause that guy (T. Cruise) wears some serious lifts.

  • Guest

    Wow, the internet lies (about the 5'6" / 5'3" bit not my being thankful for J-Law's or any other legging women out there)...

  • mairimba

    5'6" for a guy? Are you sure?

    5'9 1/2" for men, 5'4" for women.

  • Mrs. Julien

    It is? I thought it was 5'9" and 5'5". Depends on where you are talking about, of course.

    ETA: But Wikipedia is telling me that's about right for the men about an inch for Americans, Canadians, and most of the UK. Women are shorter than I thought, though.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    5'4", 140lbs for women, was average, I thought. Though is that mean, median or mode, I know not.

  • Mrs. Julien

    You have no idea what I would give to weigh 140 pounds. A limb. It would take a limb. One of the lower ones.

  • grr arrgh

    I basically would have to remove the meat from right underneath my boobs to my hips. I gain weight mostly there and it just screws with everything. Has since I was a kid.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    But you're taller, aren't you?

    I'm just under 5'4" but people often tell me I appear taller. Since I no longer have ballerina posture, I'm not sure what's doing it.

  • Mrs. Julien

    5'5" bottom heavy, girly waist (proportionally), tiny hands, average feet.

    ETA: Acid tongued.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ha, on the edit. Ah, you sound like you match the description of two of my sisters. We all run a little bottom heavy (heavy thighs, to my one-time cheerleader sister's consternation). My youngest sister is literally a size 6/8 uptop and a size 16 on the bottom. She's fit though - she does rock climbing, tai chi, gardens... she's just built that way. She remembers a Jamaican woman complimenting her on her figure once and thinking what a difference culture makes.

  • grr arrgh

    I'm built weirdly too. 5'4", about 170 pounds and most of it is around my waist. So I'm pretty normal around my hips and then I have this belly so buying pants and dresses is a nightmare on top of being short. If a pair of pants are too long and too small around the waist I go up a size and they're too big. Women's clothing sizes makes no gorram sense.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Stacey and Clinton would tell you that your only hope is tailoring. They're probably right, though I've still not ventured down that route for most of my clothes.

    My roommate is a total apple. Like, she looks like an apple on toothpicks. She has amazing legs. It's bizarre. Biology is bizarre.

  • grr arrgh

    Eh, I've thought about it but I just don't find that it's really economical. My clothes aren't so poor fitting to necessitate tailoring. Maybe if I found one item that I loved so much that I could justify the expense.

    LOL.I hope she wears great shoes and short skirts. I think I qualify as pear shaped but yeah, you're 100% right.

  • Mrs. Julien

    All the pants are too large around the waist and too long. If I buy a petite jean they fit perfectly until I wash them.

  • grr arrgh

    I just have a hard time finding petite sizes that fit my waist. Do you ever find jeans that fit mostly well enough, but not perfectly, so you buy several pairs and then realize they really don't fit as well as you'd hoped?

  • Mrs. Julien

    It's all about my waist vs. my bottom.

  • grr arrgh

    Ah. I guess I should stop wishing I gained weight in my ass rather than my stomach then? It's always been my waist so I've just concentrated about 13 years of self-criticism into hating that area. Pants don't fit right, shirts don't fit right, add in a short stature and large breasts and you have a perfect recipe for ill fitting clothing.

  • RilesSD

    Jack Black is 5'6" ???

  • Al Borland's Beard

    To be fair Lil Wayne is extremely tall for a crabapple.

  • thatstrangewoman

    To be fair, he is extremely tall for a troll.

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