This is not at all intended to be a jab at someone putting on a few pounds. Heaven knows I've never been People Magazine's Sexiest Man of the Year. As far as stockiness goes, a cannibal tribe would point at my thighs and shout, "Buffet!"
But...remember when actor James Spader had the ultimate look -- and talent -- to play just about every yuppie you wanted to slap in a 1980s movie? He was the perfect choice to play the backstabbing yuppie corporate co-worker in the comedy, Baby Boom, opposite Diane Keaton. He just had the right look for the Young Urban Professional role.
Then came ABC's Boston Legal in 2004. This TV series let him exercise some different acting muscles and he did a mighty fine job as the lawyer you liked. I watched the series, totally digging his chemistry with William Shatner for four seasons, and thought to myself, "Hmmm...that show must have a really terrific caterer on set for lunch breaks." Spader was maturing and body chemistry was doing its thing. He had less hair and an extra inch or two around the waist. This happens when we hit middle age.
He made the change in his looks work in his favor like a champ. He was a knock-out in a small supporting role in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. At first, I didn't recognize him. Spader has ripened into quite the skilled character actor.