In Whale, Fraser plays a reclusive overweight man trying to reconcile with his daughter, with his performance already receiving rave reviews.
This year Fraser is up for Best Actor along with Austin Balter and Colin Farrell.
Who is Brendan Fraser?
He was introduced to the wider public through the role of ‘Rick O’Connell’ in the ‘The Mummy’ trilogy in 1999. Fraser was one of the biggest charmers of the 90s, gaining a great deal of appeal to the public.
However, his mental injuries kept him out of the movies and led him to a difficult battle with depression.
Years later, he returned to the limelight with ‘Whale’ and is once again in the limelight, this time not for his charming looks, but for his heartbreaking – for critics – performance as Charlie.
“It took me 32 years to get here” – The moving speech
In addition to the Oscars, Fraser also starred at the Critics Choice Awards, as he won Best Actor for his role in “Whale.”
The actor’s speech was one of the most emotional of the night, with the 53-year-old unable to hold back his tears.
Among other things, he said with a trembling voice: “This movie is about love. It’s about redemption. And for when you find the light in a dark place. I am so lucky to have worked with so many amazing contributors. It took me 32 years to get here” and thanked the film’s screenwriter and director.
“I was in the wilderness and probably should have left a trail of crumbs, but you found me and like all the best directors you showed me where to go to get where I wanted to be” he said to Darren Aronofsky.
Finally, she said, crying: “If you’re like the Charlie I play in this movie, in any way, struggling with obesity or feeling like you’re in a sea of black, I want you to know that you can stand on your own two feet and walk into the light, good things will happen. happen. Thank you”.
The sexual assault in 2003
2003 was to completely change Brendan Fraser’s outlook on the film industry, and it wasn’t a pleasant experience.
Philip Burke, former president of the HFPA invited the actor to a Beverly Hills hotel for lunch. However, as it turned out later, he did not have a business dinner in mind. The 89-year-old today Philip Burkewho still denies all charges, sexually assaulted Fraser.
“We went to shake hands and then, he put his hand on my butt and my mole. I felt sick, wounded” he described in an interview in 2018.
The actor for years had not spoken about what happened, fearing the repercussions that his disclosure might have. Even when he decided to report what happened, the HFPA, trying to cover up the scandal, suggested that he sign the following joint statement: “Although Mr Burke was found to have touched Mr Fraser inappropriately, the evidence suggests it was a joke and not a sexual approach.”
The story of the “Whale”
Darren Aronofsky’s film is based on the play of the same name by Samuel D. Hunter, which follows the drama of a 270 kg man. Charlie makes a desperate attempt to reconnect with his daughter, who he gave up when she was very young.
He works remotely as an English teacher and narrates his attempt to win back his daughter, with most of the film’s scenes “breaking bones” as foreign media typically write.
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He was applauded for 6 minutes at the Venice Film Festival
His performance as Charlie has garnered the best reviews, while his six-minute adoration from the audience at the Venice Film Festival caused a sensation, where he attended the premiere of the film. This resulted in Fraser becoming emotional and struggling to hold back tears.
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