zmotions commented on this post:
He should have gone some more months into the gym then. I love Richard Dean Anderson, I really do, but I mean common, if you gonna play your old role, than at least try to look like it.
Hello, friend and fellow Stargate fan! Did you know that in 2007, when Continuum was filmed, RDA was 57 years old, and had been retired from acting for two years? That’s two years during which he was focused on building his house and being a single, full-time dad to his young daughter. He (a) probably didn’t have a lot of time to spend in the gym, and (b) didn’t have to waste time worrying about Hollywood’s bullshit standards. Also, immediately following the filming of Continuum, RDA had several surgeries, including multiple painful foot surgeries to correct chronic pain and problems he’d been dealing with for years, and surgery to correct a blocked heart valve. So you can imagine that he wasn’t in the best of health before those surgeries. (And after them, he was forced into extended periods of recovery and inactivity, and required medications that caused weight gain.)
Sigh. You know what? I’m sick of having this discussion about ANYONE. Because NO ONE’S VALUE LIES IN THEIR APPEARANCE. Not Richard Dean Anderson’s, not Jack O’Neill’s, not Angelina Jolie’s, not yours, not mine, not anyone’s.
Look. It’s rude to comment on other people’s bodies, even if they’re famous, even if “they used to be hot!”, even if you used to fantasize about them. We all age, we are all human. RDA has just as much worth as a person as he ever did—and certainly more wisdom—as a fat old guy as he did as a young fit guy. Please don’t reduce him, or anyone, to a mere body with an attractiveness expiration date by focusing on something as changeable as appearance.
Everything Bethany said, and also, I’d hit that.