Brendan Fraser got an outstanding welcome at Venice Film Festival
At the Venice Film Festival, Brendan Fraser delighted in the limelight once more and received accolades for his part in the upcoming Darren Aronofsky film, “The Whale.”
His return to Hollywood was greeted with a lot of applause—and much more tears—on Sunday night’s world premiere of “The Whale” at the Venice Film Festival is any indication.
According to Variety, the 53-year-old actor maintained his calm while strolling the red carpet of the prestigious festival before sobbing in the auditorium when audiences applauded the star for his performance for six minutes. The actor was struck with emotion as the Darren Aronofsky drama’s titles rolled
Fraser was then troubled by the psychological effects of an alleged sexual assault incident that occurred in 2003. Fraser, who has mainly avoided the spotlight after treating physical infirmities as a result of executing many of his own stunts on screen, was also plagued by these effects.
He’s making a comeback to the big screen as Charlie, a 600-pound gay man who feels like his life is about to end, in what many think might be an Oscar contender. For the new film “The Whale,” Brendan Fraser transforms into a 600-pound recluse.
In a video taken inside the festival, Fraser was visibly overwhelmed by the reception to the film and could hardly stand up as the audience applauded once the titles rolled.
Brendan Fraser attempted to leave the theater during the standing ovation for “The Whale,” but was persuaded to stay by the cheers of the audience.
Fraser expressed gratitude for “the great welcome” he has received since talking about his most recent work during a pre-show news conference.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge was sighted at the Sala Grande Theatre. Nick Kroll and Huma Abedin, a supporter of Hillary Clinton who was seated a few rows behind Fraser and wept almost as much as he did. Several other spectators in the theater also sobbed aloud during the film’s tragic conclusion. Throughout the standing ovation, Fraser again hugged Aronofsky.
Brendan Fraser talks about his role
According to The New York Times, he remarked that he is looking forward to how this picture makes a deep impression on everyone as much as it has on him.
Fraser described having to wear numerous prosthetics, some of which may weigh up to 300 pounds, in order to portray Charlie, a reclusive character based on Samuel D. Hunter’s 2012 Off-Broadway production.
Brendan Fraser remarked that he needed to learn a new way to move. He gained muscles that he had no idea he had. Even after all the appliances were taken out at the end of the day, he experienced dizziness, just as you would in Venice when stepping off a boat and onto a dock.
But even so, following Charlie’s lead gave Brendan Fraser “an understanding of individuals with comparable bodies because I discovered that it takes a very strong person—both physically and mentally—to occupy that physical being. And I believe Charlie to be there.”
Fraser’s career is making a significant comeback with this part as it is his first major leading role in almost ten years. This year, “The Mummy” actor has roles in “Behind the Curtain of Night,” which also stars Dawn Olivieri and Marcia Cross, and Mart Scorsese’s most recent western, “Killers of the Flower Moon.”
Brendan Fraser maintained his demure demeanor when asked if he was previously more thrilled about the prospects of his profession.
Fraser admitted, “My crystal ball is busted.” “Meet me after the show, and we’ll have a peak together. I don’t know if yours works.”
The six-minute standing ovation, which Fraser sobbed through, will probably put him in the lead for this year’s best actor Oscar.