Brendan Fraser cries as he receives a standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival for The Whale
Brendan Fraser cried as he received a standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival for his latest film The Whale.
The actor, who has been in the spotlight due to depression as he claimed he was sexually assaulted, bowed as he was greeted by a huge round of applause.
The 53-year-old smiled and fought back tears as he woke up emotionally at the festival last night.
Friends and fans – including fellow thespian Dwayne Johnson – hailed his return, with The Rock saying he was “rooted for all your success bro”.
The film marks the return of the legendary star after battling depression following a sexual assault complaint and being hospitalized and discharged for health issues.
Moving: Brendan Fraser became emotional as he received a long standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival for his latest film The Whale, which is already earning him Oscar buzz
Well received: The Whale is a psychological drama that saw Brendan undergo a physical transformation, as well as wearing prosthetics to play a man ‘living with obesity’ (from the film)
Dapper: Fraser looked delighted on Sunday as he attended the photocall for his The Whale at the festival on Sunday
In footage shared on social media, Fraser was seen getting emotional during the long six-minute standing ovation for the film.
He is first pictured seated, before director Darren Aronofsky, 53, waves him up, to which the crowd roars with applause.
The mummy’s leading man looked dapper in a dark gray suit, which he teamed with a bright blue tie and black dress shoes.
Fans and friends on Twitter loved Fraser’s reaction, with actor Dwayne Johnson penning a sweet message of support.
“Man, it makes me so happy to see this great ovation for Brendan. He supported me in his Mummy Returns franchise for my very first role, which launched my career in Hollywood.
“Rooting for all your success brother and congratulations to my mate Darren Aronofsky.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “The fact that Brenden Fraser cries every time he receives praise or recognition destroys me”. You are so loved!!’
Someone else alluded to the Oscar buzz surrounding the role, writing, “I don’t usually care about awards shows, but Brendan Fraser better win that Oscar.”
Meanwhile, another fan applauded Fraser’s comeback: “If you know anything about Brendan Fraser’s personal life and what happened to his career, then you should be cheering on this man.” What a beautiful, well-deserved moment. The start of something special.
Another social media user pointed out that Fraser just needed the right role, writing, “Very happy for Brendan Fraser, great actor who just needed the right script.”
Recognition: The actor, 53, had tears in his eyes when he heard the enthusiastic response from the audience and although he tried to leave the theater the continuous applause made him linger
Support: Fans and friends on Twitter loved Fraser’s reaction, with actor Dwayne Johnson writing a sweet message of support
Delighted fans: Another Twitter user wrote: ‘Brenden Fraser is brought to tears every time he receives praise or recognition destroys me. You are so loved!!’
Oscar buzz: Someone else hinted at the Oscar buzz surrounding the role, writing: ‘I don’t usually care about awards shows, but Brendan Fraser better win that Oscar’
Comeback: Meanwhile, another fan applauded Fraser’s comeback, writing ‘If you know anything about Brendan Fraser’s personal life and what happened to his career then you should cheer this man on’
The right role: Another social media user pointed out that Fraser just needed the right role, writing: ‘Very happy for the excellent actor Brendan Fraser who just needed the right script’
The Whale is a psychological drama that saw Brendan undergo a physical transformation, as he played a 600-pound gay man confined to a wheelchair, a role for which he also had to wear prosthetics.
Its official synopsis reads, “A reclusive, severely obese English teacher tries to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.”
The film is set to hit theaters on December 9 and marks Brendan’s first starring role in a film since the direct-to-DVD thriller Breakout in 2013, leading many fans to believe this is his return.
Earlier on Sunday, Fraser looked delighted while attending a photo call for The Whale at the festival.
He grabbed attention in a gray and white striped jacket and matching pants. Brendan added a pale blue shirt underneath, a brown belt and a pair of cream shoes.
He was beaming as he posed with his fellow cast members, Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink, Hong Chau and Aronofsky.
Sadie looked typically elegant in a white cutout dress with black and metallic detailing.
While Hong stunned in a white lace dress with a sweetheart neckline, which showed off her ample cleavage and petite waist.
Darren stood out from the crowd in a lilac suit, layered over the top of a black and white patterned shirt.
Handsome: The actor caught the eye in a gray and white striped jacket and matching pants
Stylish: Brendan added a pale blue shirt underneath, a brown belt and a pair of shiny cream shoes
Rave reviews: Cast appearance comes after film reportedly received standing ovation at first screening
Cast: He beamed as he posed with fellow cast members Sadie Sink of Stranger Things, Hong Chau and director Darren Aronofsky
Fraser rose to fame when he was cast in favorite kid-friendly movie franchises George of the Jungle and The Mummy.
His incredibly chiseled physique earned him a Hollywood heartthrob position as he thrashed around sets performing stunts in high-action roles.
But Fraser revealed in a later interview the impact the stunts had on his body.
He said QG in 2018, when he filmed the third installment of The Mummy franchise, he was taped and chilled with injuries between takes.
Speaking from his home in Bedford, New York, he said the physical toll of his roles made him feel like a workaholic from the Orwell novel Animal Farm.
After rising to fame through action-packed films, Fraser described his buff physique as resembling “a walking steak”.
However, in the same interview, the actor revealed he believed he was blacklisted in Hollywood after claiming he was sexually assaulted by former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk in 2003.
Fraser claimed he was leaving a luncheon hosted by the HFPA at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Hollywood when Berk shook his hand.
Fraser said: “His left hand reaches out, grabs my cheek** and one of his fingers touches me in the filth. And he starts to move it.
He added: “I felt bad. I felt like a little child. I felt like I had a lump in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.
Fraser claimed he was able to remove Berk’s hand before running out of the hotel and heading straight home. He told the incident to his then-wife, Afton Smith, but never made it public.
Instead, his representatives asked Berk for a written apology, which he provided, but did not admit to any wrongdoing.
Speaking to GQ about the claims, Berk acknowledged he had written a letter of apology to Fraser, but insisted he had done nothing wrong and dismissed Fraser’s account as “a total fabrication”.
After Fraser reported the claim to the HFPA, he said he thought he may have been “blacklisted” and was rarely invited back to the Golden Globe Awards.
Fraser said the incident caused him to “beat back” as he sank into depression.
He described feeling “not worthy” over the decade, which led him to take on roles he was less proud of. Meanwhile, her marriage was also falling apart.
He divorced Afton Smith in 2007 after nine years of marriage and three sons together, Griffin, Leland and Holden. As part of the settlement, he was ordered to pay $50,000 a month in spousal support.
However, in 2013 he demanded a change to the deal asking to pay less, saying he was not earning the same huge paychecks he received in the 1990s during his heyday and that he could not. not afford the payments.