Brendan Fraser is reportedly so good in his new film that he received a standing ovation at the end of the first screening
The whalea new psychological drama from Black Swan Director Darren Aronofsky saw Fraser undergo a physical transformation, including prosthetics, to play a man “living with obesity”.
Its official synopsis reads: “A reclusive English teacher suffering from severe obesity tries to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.”
Many hoped the film could be the one to mark the return of the 53-year-old Mummy actor, who hasn’t had a starring role since the direct-to-DVD thriller Break in 2013.
After the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, many journalists are saying that an Oscar nomination could now be on the cards for Fraser. In fact, the film was so loved that it received an eight-minute standing ovation at the premiere.
According to those in attendance, when the film’s credits rolled, the entire hall erupted into applause when the actor’s name appeared on the screen.
Rob Ruggio wrote after the screening: “A huge round of applause for Brendan Fraser when his name appeared in the end credits The whale.”
Christina Jeurling Birro added: “I’ll leave you with this until the embargo is lifted: there was a huge ovation for Brendan Fraser when his name came up on the screen during the final version. And many tears are wiped away…”
“The applause when Fraser’s name hit the screen during his screening The whale… Oh my god. I’m here for Brenaissance!’ Pernille Middelthon commented.
In recent years, Fraser has been in the US drama The case and Steven Soderbergh’s film No sudden movement. He also had a cameo for Batgirl, which was recently canceled by Warner Bros Discovery.
Post The whaleto appear alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone and Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s next film Killers of the Flower Moon.
The whalewho also stars Stranger Things Starring Sadie Sink, Samantha Morton and Hong Chau, it will be released in the US on December 9. A UK release date has yet to be announced.
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