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Actor Brendan Fraser, who received an extraordinary reaction from people, could not hold back his tears: his colleagues and the public cried

If The Whale’s recent world premiere at the Venice Film Festival is any indication, Brendan Fraser’s return to Hollywood will be met with cheers — and even more tears. When the names of the actors who created and starred in Darren Aronofsky’s drama appeared on screen, Fraser was overcome with emotion. In this film, he portrays a 270 kg homosexual confined to a wheelchair.

B. Fraser even cried during the six-minute standing ovation from the audience. That rating will likely give him a head start in the race for this year’s Best Actor Oscars.

Among the audience spotted at the Sala Grande cinema were Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Nick Kroll and Hillary Clinton staffer Huma Abedin, who sat a few rows away from Mr Fraser and shed as many tears as he did. Many other viewers also pulled out their tissues during the film’s heartbreaking final scenes.

As the ovation sounded, Mr. Fraser hugged Mr. Aronofsky several times. At one point, he tried to leave the theater, but the applause was so stormy that he was forced to stay longer and bow to the audience.

In The Whale, Fraser plays a morbidly obese man trying to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter, played by Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink. The film also stars Hong Chau, Samantha Morton and Ty Simpkins. The film is based on the play of the same name written by Samuel D. Hunter, who adapted it for D. Aronofsky’s film.


Brendan Fraser in The Whale

Brendan Fraser in The Whale
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To play the main character in the film, Fraser wore a prosthetic suit that added 20 to 130 kilograms to him, which is not equal to the scene in the film. In order to fully transform into his character, the actor spent up to six hours in the makeup chair each day. In an interview ahead of the film’s Venice premiere, Mr Fraser said his prosthetic suit was “heavy and not very comfortable”. “The torso was reminiscent of a straitjacket with sleeves hand painted to resemble human skin,” he added.

“I gained muscles that I didn’t know I had,” Fraser told reporters at a press conference in Venice about the prosthetic suit. – At the end of the day, when all the devices were removed, I even started to feel dizzy; I felt like I had boarded a boat from the Venice pier. That rippling feeling. He made me grateful for those who had similar bodies. You have to be an incredibly strong person, both mentally and physically, to live in that physical condition,” he said.

Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman, in his review of The Whale, called Fraser “more playful, subtle and haunting than ever”, adding that he delivers an “intensely lived and moving performance”.


Brendan Fraser

Brendan Fraser
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The Whale was another high-profile Venice first for Aronofsky, who has a storied history at the prestigious film festival. Although he lost his first Venice Mostra with La Fontaine, his film Le Catcheur already won the Golden Lion in 2008. His next film, Black Swan, was one of the biggest successes of the Venice Film Festival. Venice in 2010 (and won the Mila Kunis Award for Emerging Actress), and Mother! was the talk of the festival in 2017.

Fraser became an action star after 1997’s George of the Jungle and the box-office franchise The Mummy, but since 2010 he’s taken on smaller roles (notably in the TV series “The Affair”). Although Fraser had a supporting role in Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Move last year, The Whale marks the actor’s star-studded return, his first starring role since his 2013 DVD action flick Breakout. In the list of works closest to B. Fraser is the western “Killers of the Flower Moon” by Martin Scorsese. However, we won’t see him as Garfield Lynns/Firefly in the DC Comics adaptation of Batgirl after Warner Bros. canceled the film’s release.

The Whale opens in theaters on December 9.

Source: The Delfi

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