Monday 29 May 2017

Hollywood's shortest actors

Danny Devito (left) measures in at 5ft. Photo: Getty Images
Danny Devito (left) measures in at 5ft. Photo: Getty Images

Martin Chilton

Tom Cruise, 5'7", is preparing to play Jack Reacher, a character nearly a foot taller than he is - but some Hollywood actors have always been a bit touchy about their height.

Humphrey Bogart was 5' 8" but he was concerned that audiences would notice that he was smaller than Ingrid Bergman, his co-star in Casablanca. In some scenes, Bergman was told to slouch down on a sofa - with Bogart sitting on extra cushions - to level up their heights.

The 1940's film noir star Actor Alan Ladd (5' 6") would sometimes stand on a box to appear taller than his female co-stars.

Other tricks of the trade were to make actresses wear ballerina shoes in scenes next to short actors and tall leading ladies would sometimes stand in specially dug trenches to shorten their film image. Studios would also build different sets and film short actors in the sets that made them appear taller - using shorter door frames for example.

The main trick, of course, is for actors to wear lifts in their shoes. Bogart is believed to hold the record, wearing five-inch wooden blocks in one film.

Woody Allen is not known to have worn built up shoes but seem to take the whole issue of his height less seriously, joking once: "I failed to make the chess team because of my height."

Here are twenty of Hollywood's finest shorties:

5'0" Danny Devito

5' 2" Dudley Moore

5' 3" David Faustino

5' 4" Emilio Estevez, Richard Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, James Cagney, Rick Moranis, Seth Green

5' 5" Michael J Fox, Dustin Hoffman

5' 6" Jack Black, Daniel Radcliffe, Bob Hoskins, Elijah Wood, Woody Allen

5' 7" Al Pacino, Ben Stiller, Christian Slater, Tom Cruise

Telegraph.co.uk

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