Gabourey Sidibe to star alongside Ben Stiller in 'Tower Heist'

Gabourey-SidibeImage Credit: Jim Spellman/WireImage.comAppropriate that scene-stealer Gabourey Sidibe has nabbed a role in a heist film: The actress’ rep confirms with EW that Sidibe has signed on to star alongside the likes of Ben Stiller, Alan Alda, and Eddie Murphy in Tower Heist, an action-comedy surrounding high-rise employees who scheme to steal their money back from a Bernie Madoff-type Wall Streeter under house arrest. (Sidibe will play one of the employees.)

I’ve long been rooting for Sidibe to carve out a comedy career for herself — particularly after seeing her shine on the late night talk show and red carpet circuits (see: here) — and starring alongside such comic giants as Stiller and Murphy certainly seems a good start, even if her role seems to be a supporting one. And it’s nice to see the Oscar-nominated actress carving out a steady career for herself — she also stars in Showtime’s The Big C — especially after many in the blogosphere (yes, I’m looking at some of you, dear readers) pegged the star as one of Hollywood’s one-hit performance wonders.

Now, because true optimism is impossible with Friday so far away, I have to share one gripe: Where is this girl’s non-dramatic star vehicle? Trust me, I’ll take what I can get when it comes to the affable Sidibe, but she certainly could do better than more traditional comedic actresses, right? RIGHT?!


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  • Sandy

    I think she’s a terrible actress. Yeah she was ok in Precious but she is really really horrible on that new show she’s on.

    • FromChicago

      Monique would kill for that role.

    • Iliana

      Wow…she is fat as hell. She truly needs to lose weight before it kills her.

      • Juggernaut

        She’s about the same size you are lliana. Has nothing to do with her acting abilities just like your size probably doesn’t affet your lame job

    • Juggernaut

      Wrong! She is very good on the Big C, that would be the name of the “new show” you clearly haven’t watched

      • Devin Faraci

        She looks like a whale wearing the ocean.

      • TCC

        Juggernaut your right she is very good, i thought that the article writer was commenting her on as a ‘scene stealer’

  • Rach

    Love her! It’s definitely time for her to show off her comic chops…good luck, Gabby!

    • Jack Awesome

      If she could, I’m sure she would eat Comic Chops

  • lisa

    I guess Eddie Murphy is too old to put the fat suit on anymore?

    • NR

      You seem to still fit in your rude suit pretty well, though. Congrats!

    • jmcg

      And there it is! I was wondering how long it would take for some idiot to talk about her weight. Well, I am glad Hollywood is giving more parts to heftier actresses. Go Gabby!

      • Sara

        UUmmmmmm…I think Lisa was talking about Eddy Murphy’s Nutty Professor role.

      • TCC

        ummmmmmmmmmmm sara, lisa was being rude by saying Gaubrey could just be the fat person in the movies, ‘eddies to old to put on the fat suit’

  • Dago Moon

    Yeah because Precious wasn’t about her being an “abused, fat, uneducated, teenage mother”??? Quit the PC nonesense!

    • Quit being a bitter, vindictive POS that has nothing better to do that insult people’s looks behind the smokescreen of an anonymous name on the internet.

      • Jan

        Oh man, I need to copy this and paste it all over the net. Thank you.

  • jazzmanchgo

    Most reviews I’ve read have said that she’s done quite well in “The Big C.” Has anyone here heard otherwise?

    • Levente

      I replied down below and I haven’t heard otherwise…I watch otherwise each week. I usually wait for her scenes to be over. (And it has nothing to do with her as a person, it’s just her as an actress, sadly)

    • K

      She is terrible. Worst part of the show by far.

  • TorontoTom

    Totally rooting for her! She’s fresh, she’s different, she’s talented – she deserves every break she gets! Hope she is in this for the long run.

  • Joe

    Is she gonna play the tower?

    • Juggernaut

      Where can we see your comedy routine Joe? You are HILARIOUS!

      • Craig

        Is it any surprise that the guy named Juggernaut is so defensive of the fat chick?

    • Devin Faraci

      HAHA! Loved that, Joe.

  • Elena

    Kate, sadly there’s no way in hell that Hollywood will give Sibide a romantic comedy, whether it’s a good one or a crappy one. Hollywood wisdom says that only white skinny actresses get rom com leads. And if you are “hefty” you better have lighter skin not fall in the “morbidly obese” category. Which Gabourie is, whether we want to admit it or not.

    • TE

      You know, Queen Latifah recently played the lead in a rom-com called Just Wright. Wasn’t really a hit, though. She’s not white, skinny, or even into dudes…

      • Sy

        Yeah, blame it on Whitey. When all else fails – it’s Whitey’s fault! Get a life!

  • hen

    i love gabby! i think she can act and that a comedy role will be great for her. she’s funny as hell. And the fact that some people can’t stand/ comprehend how confident she comes across, well that’s just jealousy. She doesn’t let her weight dictate her actions/emotions. people should be lauding her for her positive outlook instead of deriding her.

    • Aaron

      Gabby should not be exempt from criticisms about her weight just as much as anorexic fashion models are criticized about theirs. Both ways of living are extremely unhealthy and disgusting. I don’t give a crap if she is “happy” or “positive”…she’s morbidly obese and it scares me to look at her!

  • Levente

    She is the worst character on The Big C. I really enjoy the show, but her story line is so forced (as much as her lines seem). No, please.

  • Jaime

    I love this girl. I LOVE HER ON THE BIG C!!! She can act and is hilarious.

  • Shaniqua

    I watch The Big C for Idris, not The Big G

  • Grumpy

    When are we going to stop glorifying horridly obese people. This woman won’t see 40…how many people this fat do you see as old people? That and her acting is awful.

  • cat

    I haven’t seen Precious, but she seemed to do a good job in the trailers I have seen, but I have seen her on the Big C and her acting there is completely wooden.
    Not a fan at all.

  • cat

    Also I really question the taste level of people who think she is talented..They must be reality tv fans…

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