Brendan Fraser’s emotion before a seven-minute ovation at the Venice Film Festival, after the screening of his new film

During these days the Venice Film Festival takes place, a framework of long-awaited premieres and great surprises for the big screen. And among the list of titles that are part of the official section, the new title of darren aronofskywhich has as its protagonist an unrecognizable brendan fraser. And at its premiere, the audience enthusiastically received the actor’s performance.

During the night of Sunday, the film had its debut for the general public The whalewhich in many ways marks the possible great return of Fraser to a relevant role, after having fallen into a kind of cinematographic limbo. Once the performance was over, the spectators were very convinced by the performance of its protagonist, and they let her know through a standing ovation that lasted for seven minutes.

According to the testimony of those who were there, Fraser was very moved by this return, thanked the applause, signed several autographs and did not hide his tears of emotion.

For many specialists, this may be the kickoff to a return of the actor to major projects. And it is that The whale It required him to undergo a great change, facing a role of great complexity. In this feature film, Fraser plays Charlie, a lonely English teacher who suffers from morbid obesity and decides to fight to meet his daughter Ellie, a 17-year-old teenager played by the actress from Strange things, Sadie sink. The leading trio is completed with samanthamorton, who is part of the cast along with hong bye Y Ty Simkins. The whale marks the return of Aronofsky, whose last film, motherIt wasn’t exactly a box office success and critics were divided between those who considered it brilliant and those who directly advised against seeing it.

“You are going to see something you have never seen before,” the actor assured in an interview, in 2021. “That is really all I can tell you. The wardrobe and changing room were gigantic, seamless, cumbersome. This is certainly a far cry from anything I’ve ever done, but I don’t want to be shy… I know it’s going to make a lasting impression,” he anticipated, shortly after filming ended.

Brendan Fraser in The Whale, the new film by Darren Aronofsky

This return to the big leagues is surely doubly celebrated by the actor, who at the time assured that he was part of a blacklist. In 2017, Fraser joined the wave of complaints that shocked the American entertainment industry and assured that Philip Berkformer president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) – the entity that awards the Golden Globe awards – sexually abused him and that having made the situation public at the time resulted in a clear lack of job offers.

As he told GQ magazine, the incident occurred in the summer of 2003, at a lunch organized by the HFPA at a hotel in Beverly Hills. In the middle of a room full of people, Berk walked up to him to greet him. “He reached out his left hand and grabbed one of my buttocks, while he put one of his fingers in and started moving it,” he recounted. Berk, for his part, had already mentioned the episode in his autobiographical book With signs and wondersin which he had recounted that he had pinched her butt as a joke. Fraser, however, assures that the event was not funny, and that at the time he was overcome with fear.

The actor recounted in an interview the unpleasant situation he experienced in 2003
The actor recounted in an interview the unpleasant situation he experienced in 2003

The actor assured that this incident made him more lonely and that after it happened, he decided to withdraw from public life. In addition, he claimed that the HFPA put him on a “blacklist” and that he was rarely invited back to the Golden Globes. “The phone stopped ringing and I started to wonder why. There are many reasons, but was this one of them? I think so,” he stated.

Finally, Fraser noted that he was encouraged to tell his story by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. “I know Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino. I worked with them. I feel my friends. I haven’t talked to them in years, but they are my friends. This movement is wonderful, as are these people with the courage to say what I did not have the courage to say”, he expressed.

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