The first image of Brendan Fraser as a 600-pound man in the upcoming movie The Whale took the internet by storm this week. Having spent many years being sidelined in Hollywood, Fraser is having the kind of movie comeback that many never get the chance of, and his fans are massively in support of it. However, his appearance in Darren Aronofsky’s movie has divided some over the use of prosthetics and a fat suit to bring the character to life on screen. Fraser himself has said very little about the movie, but he did briefly discuss how the “extensive” and “cumbersome” costumes he wore were all worth it for the end result.
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The Whale tells the story of “a 600-pound (272 kg) middle-aged man named Charlie tries to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter. The two grew apart after Charlie abandoned his family for his gay lover, who later died. Charlie then went on to binge eat out of pain and guilt.” Fraser takes on the role of Charlie, while the rest of the cast includes Sadie Sink as his daughter, Samantha Morton, Ty Simpkins and Hong Chau.
Speaking to Newsweek last month, Fraser explained that filming was all done and the movie was almost ready to go. He also explained, without going into many details, that the role is something completely unlike anything he has ever done, and despite having to go through long make-up sessions, he feels it is going to “make a lasting impression.” He said:
“The wardrobe and costume was extensive, seamless, cumbersome. This is certainly far removed from anything I’ve ever done, but not to be coy, I having seen any of it yet, but I do know it’s going to make a lasting impression.”
Brendan Fraser’s Use Of Prosthetics Once Against Sparked Debate
As has been seen with many recent and upcoming movies, actors using either CGI or practical effects to change their appearance is something that is constantly being brought up on social media. With Fraser’s role in The Whale, much like Emma Thompson’s take on Miss Trunchbull in the upcoming Matilda: The Musical, there has been plenty of noise on social media suggesting that larger actors should be cast in roles rather than slimmer actors using effects or even personal weight gain to take on a part.
However, it could be argued that actors change hair color for roles, learn new languages for roles, and in the case of many fantasy roles have prosthetics applied because it is quite hard finding anyone who actually looks like an Orc these days. There has been plenty of support online for both of these actors in their respective roles to counter the negative comments, as in the end, they are only acting.
Brendan Fraser has a number of new movies coming out soon, with The Whale expected to hit a number of film festivals in a few months, and then Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon and DC movie Batgirl, following in the next year. For fans of the actor, his comeback has been hitting the high notes so far, and looks set to continue to do so in future.