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Brendan Fraser Receives 6-Minute Standing Ovation For “The Whale”

Brendan Fraser is back and his first major film role in almost 10 years has earned him critical acclaim....
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Brendan Fraser is back and his first major film role in almost 10 years has earned him critical acclaim.

Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale has been met with acclaim with most of it aimed at Brendan Fraser’s performance as the 270kg character, Charlie. When his name appeared during the end credits, the audience gave him a six-minute standing ovation.

Variety reporter, Ramin Setoodeh, showcased this praise that was so long that Fraser couldn’t actually leave the cinema.

Fraser will be proud of his efforts that saw him undergoing a body transformation and prosthetics to portray the obese Charlie.

Fraser told Vanity Fair that he “wanted to know what [he] was capable of.”

He continued:

“If there’s no risk, then why bother? I want to learn from the people I’m working with at this point in my career. I’ve had such a variety, a lot of high highs and low lows, so what I’m keen for, in the second half of my time doing this, is to feel like I’m contributing to the craft and I’m learning form it. This is a prime opportunity. I wanted to disappear into it. My hope was that I would become unrecognisable.”

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