They make look larger than life on the big screen, but when you stand face to face or shoulder to shoulder with the following fellows, and you quickly realize that they’re smaller than imagined. Many of their female co-stars may stand taller than them in real life, but with movie magic these guys can be made to look as tall as they need to look. We’re even going to call out one individual who has claimed to be six feet tall, but who is reliant on lifts and large soled shoes. Here they are: 10 vertically challenged leading men.
10. Russell Crowe
First things first, let’s address Russell Crowe. If ever we’ve seen someone act out in a Napoleonic manner, it’s Russell. The New Zealand native claims Australia as home, and he also claims to be 6’0″. He’s made mention a few times that he is 5’11.5″ inches in interviews–especially during promotion of Cinderella Man. Truth is, you rarely see Russell in shoes that don’t have some serious lift, whether cowboy boots, or combat boots, but it is rumored–and taken on good authority–that Russell wears lifts in his dress shoes, and any other shoe that he would wear when at an event that would juxtapose him next to a male co-star. Do we believe it? Heck yes. If ever there was a guy who really struggled with LMA (little man attitude) at various points in his career, it’s the (former) hot-headed Crowe.