Brendan Fraser revealed his son helped him connect with his morbidly obese character in his latest movie The Whale.
Fraser plays a 600-pound English teacher named Charlie who struggles to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter, played by “Stranger Things” star Sadie Sink.
The actor, 53, was considering living with his eldest son Griffin, 20, as he discussed the role.
“He just turned 20. He’s a big kid, he’s 6ft 5 tall. He has big hands and feet, a big body. I understand exactly what it means to be close to a person living with obesity,” Fraser told Interview Magazine.
Griffin is the eldest of Fraser’s three sons (including Holden, 18, and Leland, 16) with ex-wife Afton Smith.
Fraser explained that his son Griffin, who has autism, is also the happiest person he knows. “Because of the beauty of his spectrum – call it a disorder if you will, I disagree – he doesn’t understand irony,” Fraser said.
“He doesn’t know what cynicism is. You can’t insult him. He can’t insult you. He is the happiest person and also the manifestation of love in my life and that of many others.”
The actor explained that his relationship with Griffin and his family helped him relate to his character, for which he was highly praised.
“Being with my kids and their mother and our family has given me so much love that if I ever had to uphold something of value, I should try to translate it into what was important to Charlie [character in ‘The Whale’]I didn’t have to look far,” Fraser said.
A24 released the first official trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale earlier this month after the film received a prolonged ovation at several film festivals.
The film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, where Fraser broke down in tears during a six-minute standing ovation for his performance. The Whale hits theaters on December 9th.
The film marks Fraser’s career comeback to Hollywood after he retired due to depression. In 2018, he revealed that a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association allegedly sexually assaulted him in 2003.
He has since declined to attend the Golden Globes even if he is nominated for his role.
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