Brendan Fraser, an actor, was at the height of his fame in Hollywood when his career abruptly stopped.
The business he had been a part of for so long effectively boycotted Fraser when he spoke out about the sexual harassment he had experienced.
o was well-liked in Hollywood, and his “The Mummy” series brought in millions of dollars. The actor lost favor with Hollywood after coming out against sexual harassment.
Fraser spoke out about the event that altered the course of his career in 2018. He claimed that Philip Berk, the head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the time, had touched him indecently.
“His left-hand reaches around and grabs my ass cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint. And he starts moving it around. I felt ill. I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry,” he said.
Later, Berk acknowledged that he had done so “in fun.” Although Berk apologized through HFPA, he only expressed regret if he had caused Fraser any discomfort and made no admission of misconduct.
In a later conversation with GQ, Fraser questioned whether talking about the incident was the cause of his career’s stagnation.
“I’m unsure if this has caused any problems for the HFPA or the organization. However, the utter stillness was deafening, he said. After 2003, according to him, invitations to award ceremonies were infrequent. HFPA, according to Berk, had nothing to do with Fraser’s professional decline.
Fraser does, however, assert how it damaged his sense of self and, consequently, his work, even if there was no blacklisting of him. According to him, he felt “disconnected from who I was and what I was doing.” Adding “withered on the vine for me. In my mind, at least, something had been taken away from me.” The actor appears to be making a comeback and reclaiming his profession, though, in recent years. And perhaps now he will receive the atonement he so richly earned!
The Whale,” a highly awaited drama from Darren Aronofsky, stars Fraser in the title role. Fraser portrays a 600-pound, wheelchair-bound gay guy in the movie.
The film eventually had its world debut at the Venice Film Festival, where it was met with a thunderous, 6-minute standing ovation from the distinguished audience. Among the well-known people in the crowd were Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Nick Kroll, and Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton.
Fraser, the director Aronofsky, and other cast and staff stood in the audience as the entire theater applauded the film for six full minutes.
Fraser was overcome with emotion and sobbed in front of the cheering audience. Fraser embraced his director for a long time as the audience cheered. At one point, Fraser became so emotionally overcome that he motioned to leave the theater but decided to remain because of the thunderous applause instead.
Throughout the applause, Fraser gave Aronofsky several hugs. The audience’s loud applause prevented him from leaving the theater at one point, so he remained longer and even took a bow.
In the film, Sadie Sink, who plays Fraser’s teenage daughter on “Stranger Things,” is seen attempting to contact him. Hong Chau, Samantha Morton, and Ty Simpkins play supporting roles in the film. Samuel D. Hunter wrote the drama that served as the basis for the film, which he also adapted for the screen.
Fraser described the difficulty of performing the part. Depending on the scene, he had to don a prosthetic suit that weighed 50 to 300 pounds. Every day they filmed scenes, the actor would spend six hours per day getting ready. “The torso piece was almost like a strait jacket with sleeves that went on, airbrushed by hand, to look identical to human skin, right down to the hand-punched hair,” he said.
He claimed that removing the prosthetic suit and makeup was a release for him. The actor told the press, “I even felt a sense of vertigo at the end of the day when all the appliances were removed; it was like stepping off the dock onto a boat in Venice. That [sense of] is undulating. It gave me an appreciation for those whose bodies are similar. You need to be incredibly strong mentally and physically to inhabit that physical being.”
According to rumors, Fraser may compete for Best Actor at the Academy Awards because of the part.
The actor deserves to be in the limelight once more. He is a genuinely talented entertainer, and we are glad to see him back on screen so viewers can recognize his talent.
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