Celebrities have never shied away from altering their appearances, but unfortunately for some of Hollywood’s littlest leading men, there’s isn’t a plastic surgeon on the planet who can make a short man into a tall one. Nevertheless, Hollywood does have some tricks up its sleeve when it comes to making male stars appear larger than life. From wearing shoe lifts to forcing co-stars to stand in trenches, a short stature can often be cunningly disguised on screen. And so you might find the real heights of these 20 celebrities come as something of a shock…
20. Kanye West
Kanye West’s ego is famously huge but his body… not so much. In fact, the rap star measures just 5’8” tall. Clever West, however, chose a wife who was even shorter than him: Kim Kardashian is a mere 5’2”.
19. James McAvoy
Actor James McAvoy stands at 5’7” tall – the exact same height, in fact, as his Atonement co-star Keira Knightley. But audiences might not have noticed the talented Scot’s real height in the X-Men franchise because the star filmed most of his scenes in a wheelchair.
18. Jack Black
Comedy actor Jack Black is a fairly small guy – he’s somewhere around 5’6” or 5’7”. But, unsurprisingly, the diminutive funnyman can see the funny side to his small stature. In a 2010 interview with Total Film, the star joked that he measured a half inch taller after each yoga session.
17. Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter was often described as “tall” in the famous J.K.Rowling book series, and so Daniel Radcliffe wasn’t quite true to character: he actually stopped growing at 5’5”. Nonetheless Radcliffe told USA Today that he didn’t feel his height has ever held him back in his career. And judging by the millions he’s racked up over the years, we’d have to agree.
16. Jet Li
Martial arts superstar Jet Li can definitely still hold his own, despite only measuring 5’5” tall. When he’s on screen, however, Li’s co-stars usually tower over him. Nevertheless, the mini martial arts master is still living proof that you don’t need to be tall to be a badass!
15. Marc Anthony
Singer and actor Marc Anthony is 5’6”. In fact, he was usually shorter than his ex-wife Jennifer Lopez when the singer was wearing heels. That’s probably not why they broke up, though… or was it?
14. Josh Hutcherson
In an interview with M Magazine Josh Hutcherson once revealed, “I’m really insecure about my height. I’m not a very tall guy… I’m only like 5’7”. It bugs me a lot.” Nevertheless, the actor certainly didn’t let his insecurity hold him back as he bagged both fame and fortune as one of the main stars in the uber-successful Hunger Games franchise.
13. Mark Wahlberg
He’s frequently cast as the tough guy on screen, but Mark Wahlberg is just 5’8” tall. The actor sometimes claims to be 5’10”, however, and he believes that the camera can add a few inches too. In a 1995 interview with Newsweek he revealed: “I’m told that I look taller on screen. One girlfriend said, ‘You look about 6’2” on screen.’”
12. Lil Wayne
Maybe its his tough-taking onstage persona, but rap star Lil Wayne – or Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., to give him his proper title – isn’t quite as tall as most people seem to think. In fact, the performer is just 5’6”. But at least that explains why he calls himself “Lil.”
11. Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart was usually sitting down while hosting The Daily Show, and so it was hard to accurately guess his height. But when he stands up, Stewart is roughly 5’7”. Even that, however, might be too kind an estimate because the comedian once joked to Esquire magazine, “I’m told I can play 5’6”.
10. Seth Green
Buffy and Robot Chicken star Seth Green is funny, talented… and incredibly tiny. Off screen, the actor measures roughly 5’3” tall. But Green has found that his short stature definitely has its perks. “I’m probably small enough to fit into places that other people couldn’t,” he told E! Online.
9. Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman is 5’5”, although he sometimes claims to be a little taller, edging towards a mighty 5’7”. He’s an Oscar-winning actor, though, so we can probably let him away with a little white lie.
8. Kevin Hart
Comedian Kevin Hart is small. He’s 5’2” or 5’4”, depending on who you ask – and he’s proud of it, too. In fact the actor took to Instagram to tell his followers just how height proud he is, posting: “I embrace my height damn it!!!! I wouldn’t be who I am without this amazing 5’4” body of mine.”
7. Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller stands at a mere 5’6” tall, which must have been awkward when filming Keeping the Faith alongside a 5’10” Jenna Elfman. But Stiller told The Mirror that two things got him through filming: wearing shoe lifts on set and having “a sense of humor in bed.”
6. Danny Trejo
Danny Trejo is known for playing the ultimate hard man on screen, and so it may come as a surprise to know that he actually comes in just below the 5”6’ mark in real life. Let’s face it, though, the actor still isn’t someone you’d want to mess with.
5. Kit Harington
Game of Thrones heartthrob Kit Harington might make for a fearsome opponent on the cult TV series, but he makes less of an impact in real life standing between 5’7” and 5’8” tall. In fact, his character Jon Snow is usually dwarfed by his Thrones co-stars.
4. Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. is yet another actor who has to be given a helping hand in the height department. Because in real life, the Iron Man is just 5’8”. For Downey, however, shoe lifts are just part and parcel of the job. As he told the Japan Times, “Height is one of the rules and practices of this male-enhancing business.”
3. Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell made a name for himself on American Idol with his cutting insults and personal remarks, but it’s possible the judge may just be insecure about his own less-than-average height. In fact, its been reported that the 5’8” TV personality actually uses a chair cushion to make himself look taller than his fellow judges.
2. Jason Statham
Action star Jason Statham is, surprisingly, only 5’9” inches tall – something of an issue, you would think, when you’re dating a 5’10” supermodel. But this hot couple don’t seem to mind the height difference, and actually it hasn’t ever stopped Statham’s girlfriend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley from sporting some fabulous high heels.
1. Bruno Mars
“Uptown Funk” singer Bruno Mars is too hot (hot damn!), but he’s also very much on the short side. The singer is barely even 5’5”, although he once told a New York Daily News interviewer to “do me a favor: Say I’m 5’6”.” Bless.