The Resurrection of Brendan Fraser

His tears, amid a standing ovation six minutes after the screening at venice festival of The Whale, They went viral a few days ago. It had been 20 years since his name had appeared in the media with this intensity. She was a superstar in the 90s and early 2000s, but brendan fraser (Indianapolis, 1968) disappeared, practically overnight, from the casts of Hollywood blockbusters and from magazine covers. It is not that he stopped working, but his presence faded and, as, after one year comes another, the world continued to turn and his figure remained parked in some corner of our memories.

He was a superstar in the ’90s and early ’00s, but Brendan Fraser disappeared, virtually overnight, from Hollywood blockbuster casts and magazine covers.

From time to time, we would see him clearly overweight and with postural rigidities in some mediocre title that fills the catalogs of the platforms, or in one of the thousands of series that are released every week, such as The Affair, Trust, Doom Patrol or the great Condor. And then, for a few moments, and oblivious to the unfortunate events that he had suffered, we wondered what had happened to him. Was it the umpteenth broken toy in the Hollywood eating machine? A few months ago there was a buzz that predicted a noisy return. And Venice has confirmed it: brendan fraser He has returned to the forefront with a character far removed from those who made him a celebrity. There is no trace of the clubs of the hilarious George of the Jungle (a parody of Tarzan that shot him to fame), nor the charismatic adventurer of the three installments of The Mummy.


Brendan Fraser in The Whale

Brendan Fraser has returned to the forefront with a character far removed from those who made him a celebrity

In The Whale, drama signed by Darren Aronofsky (Director of Requiem for a Dream either the black swan), the American actor plays a morbidly obese literature professor trapped on his couch, who tries to reconnect with his daughter, played by Sadie Sink (better known as Max, the red-haired girl from stranger things). A harsh and emotional story with a humanistic background that formally distances itself from the visually risky films of its director, placing the action in the same set, the protagonist’s house, which hardly has any mobility. A character of almost 300 kilos of weight that forced Fraser to gain weight and long makeup sessions, using prosthetics converted into, almost, a new body. A highly applauded work that many predicted as the Venetian Volpi Cup (it was finally won by Colin Farrell for The Banshees of Inisherin) and that has placed Fraser in all the pools to be one of the candidates for Best Actor in the next edition of the Oscars.


Brendan Fraser applauded at the Venice Film Festival

A harsh and emotional story with a humanistic background that formally distances itself from the visually risky films of its director

Far, then, from that attractive guy, with eyes like saucers, worked muscles (“sometimes I saw myself as a piece of meat with legs”, he said in an interview) and tons of charisma, Fraser has made a way return changing disguise. In fact, in his best professional period he had already shown some dramatic ability, with projects that broke with his image, such as gods and monsters (1998), The impassive american (2002) or the Oscar-winning Crash (2004). Nevertheless… What were the reasons for his sudden disappearance? We find the answer in a sum of factors: serious health problems, a traumatic divorce, the death of the mother and being a victim of sexual harassment.

In his best professional period, he had already shown a certain dramatic capacity, with projects that broke with his image, such as gods and monsters, The impassive american or the Oscar winner Crash

On the one hand, the extreme commitment of the actor led him to do all the risk scenes that he was allowed, in time of mummies and jumping on a vine. In this way, between increasingly unbearable pain, he carved a knee and his back, starting a medical journey that took him to the operating room a handful sometimes, also for a problem in the vocal cords. Seven years of comings and goings in the hospital that represented a huge financial expense. Just like his painful divorce, in 2009, with Afton Smith: they had met at a party at Winona Ryder’s house, they had married in 1998 and had three children. The horrible decade ended with the death of his mother, in 2016. But we still didn’t know everything. In 2018, in an interview in the magazine GQhe found himself with the strength to confess how, 15 years earlier, he had suffered sexual harassment from a journalist. Fraser explained that, in a meeting with Philip Berk, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the entity that awards the Golden Globes), he grabbed one of his buttocks and one of his fingers slipped until touching him year. The same reporter recounted the incident in his memoirs With Signs and Wonders, but he simply recognized a pinch on the ass, a practical joke far removed from our man’s version, which Berk categorically denied. Brendan Fraser explained to the talk with GQ: “He made me feel really bad, helpless like a little child. Like I had a ball in my throat. He thought I would cry,” he explained, acknowledging that he preferred to remain silent for fear that this would mark his careerand confessing that that episode led him to a strong depression and self-reclusion.


Brendan Fraser and Sadie Sink at the premiere of The Whale at the Toronto Film Festival / Photo: Eduardo Lima / EFE

The resurrection of the lovable George of the Jungle is a fact, and an act of poetic justice for a fallen star who could achieve redemption.

It all ended up assuming a weight too unbearable for a Fraser what, now and thanks to The Whale, He sees that train stopped on the platform that they say only passes once. And watch out, because this does not end here: he stars brothers, with Peter Dinklage (the Tyrion Lannister of Game of Thrones) Y Glenn Closeand is part of the cast of the new Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon, with Leonardo Dicaprio Y Robert DeNiro. The resurrection of lovable George of the Jungle is a fact, and an act of poetic justice for a fallen star who might find redemption.

The Resurrection of Brendan Fraser