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That Guy From 'This Is Us' Is Also That Guy from 'Stranger Things,' Plus a Fat Suit

By Lainey Bobainey | Miscellaneous | February 9, 2017 |

By Lainey Bobainey | Miscellaneous | February 9, 2017 |

Sooooo, Benny, remember him from Stranger Things? We liked him. We wished he would have stuck around for longer. Seemed like a genuinely good guy. A NICE guy. Right? Bennnnnny. Awww, Benny!

Ok, but look, I’m going to piss you off now. You just need to be prepared.

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Benny, or more accurately, the actor who played Benny, Chris Sullivan, is also THIS GUY.

Yep. Toby in This is Us. Toby the nice guy. Toby who made Kate feel like crap for trying to lose weight. Toby who continued to eat whatever the hell he wanted while he was with Kate, who was doing everything she could do to have some control over her life. Toby. Ugh, Toby.

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And just for comparison, this is Chris Sullivan when he’s not Toby (or Benny) -

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He wears a fat suit and jowl prosthetics to play Toby, and I know that’s an issue for many people. I don’t know if I have an opinion on it in this instance. And here’s why: If the plot is going to call for dramatic weight-loss, based on Toby’s health issues, I can see where the producers would want to hire an actor and pad him up rather than hire an actor of size and then require him to drop a significant amount of weight to fit the story. However, if it turns out that the character is going to remain heavy, I don’t really get why they wouldn’t have just hired an actor of size to begin with, instead of going through the effort of making a 6’4”, 250 lb. guy look 100+ lbs heavier. Unless, maybe they just loved Chris Sullivan so much, they had to cast him regardless.

I mean, he seems swell. James Gunn liked him enough to cast him in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2, where he’ll be playing Taserface. I think he’s also, maybe wearing some facial prosthetics here, too…


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