Will Poulter, known for his roles in films like “The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” has finally addressed the social media memes that compare him to Sid Phillips, the notorious bully from “Toy Story.”
During a recent interview with GQ, Poulter recalled an amusing incident that took place in Los Angeles.
“A guy at a urinal in LA last week turned to me and said, ‘You’re in Toy Story, right?’ And I was like, ‘Well, that was animated,’” Poulter reminisced. He continued, “I don’t want to be rude. I also appreciate there’s a meme going round of me—I dressed up as Sid from Toy Story for anti-bullying week. So arguably I haven’t helped my case. But [Toy Story came out in] 1995. I was two. And they weren’t doing it through live-action.”
The resemblance to Sid from “Toy Story” has certainly amused some fans, but Poulter also opened up about how he finds the focus on physical appearance quite “weird.”
“I am very comfortable and secure in the knowledge that I’m not conventionally attractive as I’ve always had remarks about looking unusual—whether it’s my eyebrows or whatever else, people have made a thing of that,” he added.
“I think it just speaks to a wider issue, of: Why are we discussing or spending so much time discussing people’s physical appearance? Especially in the case of women. But whether you’re male or female, why is that the focus so much? Unfortunately, social media has created this problematic idea that everyone’s opinion on everything matters equally.”
Poulter also touched on issues of privacy and objectification within the entertainment industry, finding it “uncomfortable” when people take photos of him without asking and acknowledging his “male privilege” that has “protected” him from the same level of scrutiny that “hasn’t been afforded to my female counterparts in the industry.”