September 27, 2022

An emotional Brendan Fraser acquired a six-minute standing ovation on the Venice Movie Competition for his efficiency in Darren Aronofsky’s ‘The Whale’.

Within the movie, based mostly on the acclaimed play by Samuel D. Hunter, Fraser performs a 272kg morbidly overweight English trainer close to the tip of his life, who makes an attempt to reconnect along with his teenage daughter (performed by Stranger Issues star, Sadie Sink).

Fraser’s efficiency, which has already acquired plenty of Oscar buzz, marks a triumphant comeback for the Mummy trilogy star, having not featured in a number one function since 2013.

For a time period, the American-Canadian actor may very well be seen on the massive display screen in every single place.

He turned an A-list film star within the late Nineteen Nineties and early noughties, with main roles in movies similar to Encino Man (1992), George of the Jungle (1997), The Mummy (1999) and Crash (2004).

However within the mid-2000s, at maybe the head of his fame and profession, Fraser disappeared from Hollywood’s highlight fully.

What occurred to Brendan Fraser?

In a 2018 interview with GQ, Fraser got here ahead and stated that he had been sexually assaulted by Philip Berk, the previous president of the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation.

He claimed that he was approached and inappropriately groped by Berk on the Beverly Hills Lodge in 2003.

“His left hand reaches round, grabs my ass cheek, and one among his fingers touches me within the taint. And he begins shifting it round,” the actor stated.

“I felt unwell. I felt like a bit of child. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I assumed I used to be going to cry.”

Regardless of sending Fraser a handwritten apology, Berk has denied the misconduct allegations, writing to GQ that “Mr Fraser’s model is a complete fabrication”.

“My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the standard “If I’ve performed something that upset Mr. Fraser, it was not supposed and I apologise,” added Berk.

Fraser has stated the incident led him to spiral into extreme despair and retreat from public life.

“I used to be blaming myself and I used to be depressing,” he informed GQ.

The actor suspected he had been blacklisted by the HFPA, as he was hardly ever invited to the Golden Globes award ceremony (hosted by the HFPA) after the ordeal.

After the alleged incident, Fraser additionally battled with private setbacks together with issues along with his well being, divorce and the loss of life of his mom.


Nonetheless, since 2018, Fraser’s profession has been on the up – which many followers have labelled the ‘Brenaissance’ throughout social media.

He featured in Danny Boyle’s acclaimed drama Belief (2018), alongside Donald Sutherland and Hilary Swank, in addition to starring in Steven Soderbergh’s newest movie, ‘No Sudden Film’ (2021).

And most lately, following the early screenings of Aronofsky’s ‘The Whale’, many individuals imagine Fraser’s standout efficiency might safe him his first Oscar nomination.

Followers and excessive profile celebrities together with Dwayne Johnson have been reacting on social media following Fraser’s standing ovation at Venice.

Fraser may even be a part of the forged for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’, alongside De Niro, Leo, and Jesse Plemons.

We’re really witnessing a Brendan Fraser renaissance.

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