Jaleel White Had a Crotch Bulge Problem

If I’m reading this Vanity Fair article correctly and I’m 99% sure I’m not, Jaleel White, Steve Urkel’s, crotch bulge almost took down the entire production of Family Matters.

In later seasons you were getting quite tall.
I was getting network notes on the bulge of my sack! I wore my pants so freaking tight and it was like, after awhile, we got a problem there. So, literally, the last season we loosened up his pants.

Ok, I guess I exaggerated about the crotch bulge issue but how else was I going to make you read about Urkel?

How about this. Did you know Jaleel was about to play Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show before an eight year old girl walked in, batted her eyelashes and snatched the part from him.

Is it true that you were originally cast as Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show?
Yep, that’s why the character was named Rudy—it was intended to be a boy. That’s my tragic auditioning story. We were all packed up and ready to go to New York and my agent had told my parents that they needed to start looking for places to live out there. Next thing you know, there was one more audition and that was supposed to be a formality at the network. And a little girl comes walking in, and I’m like—even at eight years old—“Who’s she?” And they’re like, “She’s auditioning for Rudy, too.” So I’m like, “Oh, it’s not as much of a formality as I thought.” That was my first time walking into a room of 30 people staring at you going, “O.K., make me laugh.” They were in such a hurry to get to New York and start filming that they came out and picked the kids one by one right in front of all of us. Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempest Bledsoe . . . The rest of us all went home crying. It was amazing. Obviously I’m grateful that things worked out the way they did; I think it put a little more money in my pocket.

I would have cut that b**ch with the plastic knife I got from the cafeteria from eating my Jell-O.

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13 years ago

When he sneezes, do those eyes pop out ?#voice of Tori