Brendan Fraser reveals wearing fat suit in The Whale made him appreciate how ‘physically and emotionally’ strong overweight people are
Brendan Fraser has revealed wearing a 330lb fat suit while shooting The Whale made him appreciate how ‘physically and emotionally’ strong overweight people are.
The actor, 54, portrays Charlie in the upcoming movie, a reclusive, morbidly obese English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter.
Talented: Brendan Fraser has revealed wearing a fat suit while shooting The Whale made him appreciate how ‘physically and emotionally’ strong overweight people are
Brendan previously said this was sparked after he was ‘sexually assaulted’ by the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Philip Berk, in 2003.
Talking about portraying a 600lb man and asked if he knew he had the character in him, he told the talk show host, ‘It was like nothing I had ever done before.
‘The prosthetic costume helped enormously because it was designed to obey physics and gravity.
‘It was cumbersome and appropriately heavy which made the experience of playing the part a lot closer to what it would be like to live in the body of a man that size.
Transformative: In The Whale, Brendan portrays Charlie a reclusive, morbidly obese English teacher attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter
‘When the costume came off, I could still feel the undulation and I grew to appreciate how strong physically and emotionally a person of that size has to be.’
Asked about people calling this performance his ‘Brenaissance’, he says, ‘They can call me whatever they want as long as they call me!’
The actor had tears running down his face as he earned the Best Actor gong for his work on The Whale in what was the most emotional moment of the night at the event which featured a star-studded red carpet.
Hooray! Appearing on Friday’s The Graham Norton Show, he also discussed his so-called ‘Brenaissance’, which marks his triumphant return to Hollywood after a battle with depression
Fraser – who at several points had to stop his speech to gain his composure – ended his speech on an emotional and encouraging note as he said: ‘If you, a guy like Charlie who I played played in this movie.
‘If you struggle with obesity or you feel like you are in a dark sea, I want you to know that if you can have the strength to just get to your feet and go to the light, good things will happen. Thank you. Good night.’
The star-studded audience was in tears during the speech as Abbott Elementary actresses Sheryl Lee Ralph and Lisa Ann Walter were seen getting emotional during the speech.
Henry Winkler was even seen giving the fellow thespian a standing ovation.
Brendan’s actress girlfriend Jeanne Moore had tears streaming down her face as she joined Winkler on the standing ovation.
The Whale marks Fraser’s first Hollywood project in almost ten years and his first lead role in a movie since straight-to-DVD thriller Breakout in 2013.
The movie had its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in September, where Fraser got emotional onstage during a standing ovation after the screening.
He subsequently broke down again during another lengthy ovation at the London Film Festival screening last month.
The Whale will be released in the UK on February 3.
The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, Friday January 20 at 10.40pm. Also available on BBC iPlayer.
His moment: Brendan sobbed as he led the way for a night of epic career comebacks as he earned a top honor at the Critics’ Choice Awards 2023 on Sunday night