If the world Sunday night premiere of “The Whale” at the Venice Film Festival indicates, they will meet Brendan Fraser’s return to Hollywood with plenty of cheers and even more tears. When the credits roll on the Darren Aronofsky drama, in which Fraser lead plays a 600-pound gay man who uses a wheelchair, they overcome the actor with emotion.
The Mummy movies took a great physical toll on him, and he received multiple surgeries due to his stunt work for the franchise. He underwent a laminectomy, a procedure to remove vertebrae from the spine, a partial knee replacement, and vocal cord repair, and he told GQ in 2018.
Fraser also wondered if the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had blacklisted him. This organization hosts the Golden Globes after he alleged that a former HFPA had groped him in 2003.
To play the lead character in the movie, Fraser wore a prosthetic suit that added anywhere from 50 to 300 pounds. The actor spent as many as six hours in the makeup chair each day to transform into the character.
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In an interview ahead of the Venice premiere, Fraser shared that his prosthetic suit was cumbersome and not exactly comfortable and that the torso piece was like a strait jacket with sleeves that went on, daubing by hand, to look identical as would human skin, right down to the hand-punched hair.
The Whale marks the buzzy Venice premiere, for which Aronofsky has a rich history with the prestigious festival. While he hesitated at his first Venice with the premiere of ‘The Fountain,’ he bounced back in 2008 when “The Wrestler” won the Golden Lion. “Black Swan” was one of the huge hits of the 2010 Venice Film Festival.
Fraser’s other upcoming projects include Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon and the comedy Brothers. He was due to appear in Batgirl as the villain Firefly, but the movie has been shelved.
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