Standing ovations for comeback: Brendan Fraser struggles to keep his cool, crying

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Standing ovation for comeback
Brendan Fraser screams for calm

Hollywood star Brendan Fraser suffered a career break for several years. Personal problems are also to blame. Now he was able to return brilliantly with the comic “The Whale”. The fact that he was frantically celebrated at the Venice Film Festival brought the actor to tears.

“The Whale” is one of the most promising works to be shown at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The world premiere of Darren Aronofsky’s drama on Sunday night was a resounding success. Brendan Fraser in particular received a lot of applause as the lead actor. He shouldn’t have just announced his return to Hollywood. He is already hotly traded for an Oscar.

The audience applauded the 53-year-old for six minutes. Videos circulating on social media show Fraser struggling to keep his cool at the standing ovation and fighting back tears of emotion. However, he was not the only one in the room who was overwhelmed by his emotions, reports “Variety”. On the contrary, during the final scenes of “The Whale”, many moviegoers would have needed a handkerchief.

Transformation to 270 kilos man

The role asked a lot of Fraser: to embody the depressed English teacher Charlie, the actor turned into a 270-pound man. For this, he wore a special suit that was “not exactly comfortable,” as he revealed in a “Variety” interview. The actor spent up to six hours a day in the mask.

“I developed muscles I didn’t know I had,” Fraser joked. When he took off his suit, he felt dizzy at the end of each shooting day. “It made me sensitive to those whose bodies are similar. You have to be an incredibly strong person, mentally and physically, to inhabit that physical being,” he explained.


Fraser plays the teacher Charlie in the film.

(Photo: photo alliance/dpa/A24/Venice Film Festival)

“The Whale” is about English teacher Charlie, who has become obese after the death of his partner and sees his last chance to reconcile with his estranged daughter. The film marks Fraser’s impressive comeback to the big screen and his first starring role in a film since 2013’s Breakout.

fight against depression

Fraser began his film and television career in the early 1990s. With films such as “Airheads” (1994), “The Mummy” (1999) or “The Still American” (2002) he managed to establish himself in Hollywood. In 2007, after nine years of marriage, Fraser divorced his wife Afton Smith, with whom he has three sons. The War of the Roses, as well as health problems, the death of his mother and the experience of sexual assault in 2003, drove Fraser into depression. With “The Whale” the career break could finally be overcome.

It is not yet known when the drama will be shown in German cinemas. In the US, the comic should be available from December 9.

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