Chris O'Dowd had a "clown face" as a child as his head "hadn't really grown around [his] body".
The Irish actor is currently promoting comedy TV series Moone Boy, which was filmed in his Irish hometown. The show is semi-autobiographical and focuses on a young boy's life growing up in Ireland in the late 1980s/early 1990s.
Chris has revealed how much onscreen character Martin Moone is like the younger version of himself.
"Martin's a more charming, witty version of me. At his age, I was quite a gangly kid, I was 6ft. when I was 11 and felt a little Quasimodo-ish because my face hadn't really grown around my body. It was like a clown face.
"Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons was my look during my virgin years and I think the two things are connected," he laughed in an interview with British newspaper The Times.
Chris is famed for his role as police officer Nathan Rhodes in hit comedy Bridesmaids. The 32-year-old star has since been hailed as a sex symbol, which he is still shocked about.
"After Bridesmaids women know who I am," he admitted.
"Before, I could happily walk through a [store] Mothercare and nobody would know who I was, but I don't think that's the case now."
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