Why doesn’t Taron Egerton want to be James Bond?
This post discusses body image issues.
Taron Egerton: nice guy. You’ve seen him play a kind of spy in the movie Kingsman movies; definitely knows espionage.
I mean, look at this picture. It just screams “James Bond” doesn’t it?
In fact, Taron has a rather…Bond-esque way about him, and if you’re on social media, you’ve probably seen a few people say, “Hey, why can’t this guy be the next James Bond? “
Not so fast, says Taron. The actor recently gave an interview to the Telegraph (via People), and threw a 007-sized bucket of cold water on rumors that he would even step into Daniel Craig’s shoes.
“I don’t think I’m the right choice,” Taron explained, suggesting that her reasoning was related to her own body image.
“You have to be statuesque all the time to be that guy,” he said. “And that’s what I’m still striving for. I’ve always struggled with my weight.”
Now let’s keep it real – the idea that we have to looks A certain way of playing James Bond is ridiculous on its face. I’m not sure if anyone has ever watched a James Bond movie and asked themselves, “Yeah, but how much does he weigh?” Not one thing at all.
To be fair, there were other, less absurd reasons for not wanting to take on the role. Taron also explained that being Bond is “a bit like being a brand ambassador and being an actor”.
“And that might be a lot of fun in microcosm, but I’m sure I’ve read it [producer] Barbara Broccoli said it was a 15-year commitment,” he said.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – because Taron himself says he’s not even running for the role, at least not yet. “Anyway, it doesn’t really matter how I feel about it, because I can tell you there were zero phone calls,” he said.
We’ll see how this all turns out!