Brendan Fraser Becomes Emotional After Receiving A 6-minute Standing Ovation For “The Whale”

 Brendan Fraser Becomes Emotional After Receiving A 6-minute Standing Ovation For “The Whale.”The actor was dynamic as the Darren Aronofsky drama’s titles rolled; Fraser played a 600-pound gay guy who used a wheelchair in the film.

If the Venice Film Festival’s Sunday night “The Whale” global premiere is any indicator, Brendan Fraser’s return to Hollywood will be greeted with applause and many more tears.

The actor was emotional as the Darren Aronofsky drama’s titles rolled; Fraser played a 600-pound gay guy who used a wheelchair in the film. The six-minute standing ovation, which Fraser sobbed through, will probably put him in the lead for this year’s best actor Oscar.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Nick Kroll, and Huma Abedin, a supporter of Hillary Clinton who was seated a few rows behind Fraser and wept just as much as he did, were among those seen inside the Sala Grande Theatre. Several other spectators in the theatre also sobbed aloud during the film’s tragic conclusion.

Why Brendan Fraser gets emotional
Why Brendan Fraser gets emotional

Throughout the standing ovation, Fraser again hugged Aronofsky. At one point, he attempted to leave the auditorium, but the thunderous applause made him stay longer and take a bow.

In “The Whale,” performed by rising talent Sadie Sink from “Stranger Things,” Fraser portrays a guy who is severely obese and battles to maintain a relationship with his 17-year-old daughter. Ty Simpkins, Samantha Morton, and Hong Chau are also featured in the supporting cast. Samuel D. Hunter’s play of the same name inspired the film, which director Darren Aronofsky turned into a feature.

Fraser wore a prosthetic outfit to play the movie’s main character, adding between 50 and 300 pounds depending on the moment. To completely embody the part, the actor spent up to six hours daily in the makeup chair.

In an interview ahead of the film’s Venice premiere, Fraser shared that his prosthetic suit was “cumbersome, not exactly comfortable,” adding, “The torso piece was almost like a strait jacket with sleeves that went on, airbrushed by hand, to look identical as would human skin, right down to the hand-punched hair.”

“I developed muscles I did not know I had,” Fraser told journalists at the Venice press conference about wearing the prosthetic suit.

“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 a powerful person, mentally and physically, to inhabit that physical being.”

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