Well-known 90’s star of blockbuster films like The Mummy franchise, George of the Jungle, actor Brendan Fraser was visibly hiding tears receiving his 6-minute standing ovation at the 2022 Venice Film Festival. Even more! Fraser wanted to exit the venue but was pulled back by the audience’s ovation to his and director Darren Aronofsky’s drama- The Whale. The film has received a very positive response at its Venice premiere, and rumor has it that Fraser will get an Oscar nod this year!
In the film, Fraser plays the role of a 600-pound morbidly obese gay man in a wheelchair. He struggles to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter (played by Stranger Things star Sadie Sink). To play this role, Fraser wore a prosthetic suit that added 50 – 300 pounds to him.
“I developed muscles I did not know I had,” Fraser told journalists at the Venice press conference about wearing the prosthetic suit. The movie is adapted into a script by Samuel D. Hunter, who has a stage play by the same name.
Fraser’s #MeToo and subsequent hiatus
The once famed actor took a leave from the spotlight in 2003 due to an alleged sexual assault incident he faced. He almost quit Hollywood and gained many pounds in the coming years. The Whale is Fraser’s much-deserved comeback.