Brendan Fraser reveals if he’d morph for another role after ‘The Whale’ praise

Brendan Fraser gets huge rounds of applause for his role as the 600-pound man on The Whale.

The 53-year-old actor – who is currently enjoying a career resurgence after some time away from the spotlight – has revealed if he would ever undergo a physical transformation for a different role.

“I think it’s one of the more challenging ways to create a character and a body,” he told People at the drama’s New York premiere earlier this week.

He added that he would “absolutely” switch for a new project if the need arose.

In Darren Aronofsky’s drama, Fraser portrays a depressed, gay, obese man named Charlie who is trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter. The “Mummy” graduate wears prosthetics in the film.

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The actor has received critical acclaim for his work in ‘The Whale’ (2022).
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 29: Brendan Fraser and Jeanne Moore attend a New York screening of "The whale" at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on November 29, 2022 in New York City.  (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
Brendan Fraser and his girlfriend Jeanne Moore at the New York premiere of “The Whale” at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Monday

He noted that there was also a “mandate that Charlie’s costume would respect the laws of gravity and physics, as opposed to the many ways we’ve seen this character in films before as an actual one-note joke and in a costume.” seen portrayed that’s just unfair.”

Fraser said the opinion was “a personal opinion,” but added that the filmmakers “felt a responsibility to make sure it was awkward. It was exactly – that was what we were striving for.”

However, Fraser and “The Whale” have been criticized for not using a plus-sized actor in the film, instead opting for the Canadian native to don the fat suit.

Film critic Katie Rife went viral in September for advising overweight viewers – and those who have a thinner build. Not to see the drama.

“I can’t in good conscience recommend fat people watch The Whale,” Rife said tweeted back then. “I also don’t recommend watching it for skinny people as it reinforces the idea that fat people are objects of pity who have brought their suffering on themselves through lack of coping skills.”

Widespread continued by warning moviegoers with eating disorders: “Massive red flags for EDs and fat phobia; The main character endures the most gruesome verbal abuse imaginable for over an hour and later attempts to commit suicide by eating. I’ve dealt with bulimia and binge eating disorder for years and found it incredibly triggering.”

GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE, Brendan Fraser, 1997, © Buena Vista/courtesy Everett Collection
Brendan Fraser in George of the Jungle in 1997
Buena Vista Pictures/Everett Collection

they also claims “No really fat people were involved in the production” as there is a point in the plot where the “protagonist is dying but refuses to go to the hospital even though he has money to pay the bills” .

The Whale hits theaters on December 9th. Brendan Fraser reveals if he’d morph for another role after ‘The Whale’ praise

Emma Bowman

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