Brendan Fraser Says He Can’t Divorce The Whale Character
Brendan Fraser praised his award-winning film The whale for its depiction of obesity and said it had never been done “this way”.
Fraser, 54, has already won a Golden Globe and a Critics Choice Award for his portrayal of Charlie, a 600-pound gay man in the film directed by Darren Aronofsky. But some critics and body image advocates have criticized the film for using a bulky suit, with many arguing that the role should have gone to an obese actor.
In a recent interview with Saturday night live Alumni David Spade and Dana Carvey on their podcast Fly on the wallthe actor argued in favor of the film’s portrayal of people with obesity.
Wayne’s world Star Carvey told Fraser of the film, “There’s never been a film that explored people suffering from obesity,” to which Fraser replied, “Not in that way.”
He also spoke about the experience of trying on the prosthesis for the first time and how Aronofsky told him the moment would stay with him for the rest of his life.
“You can’t really break away from me creating this character for better or for worse,” Fraser said, explaining Aronofsky’s comment.
Fraser shared with the two comedians his inspirations for the character of Charlie, which included John Candy Planes, trains and cars.
“Remember when … he taunted him and said, ‘Go on, I’m a big guy. You [can] shoot me… But I like me. My wife likes me… I’m good enough. “I mean, and he looked like he was about to break down at that moment,” Fraser said.
“And he probably was. And it was a beautiful spectacle right there. And I don’t think we’ve seen that kind of sensitivity that comes with admitting who you are when you’re living in a larger body like this.”
Spade said that while watching the film he forgot Fraser was wearing prosthetics because he was so overwhelmed by his performance.
Fraser replied: “That’s the hope because when it’s missing you know to be a hit with our finely tuned brain that sees makeup vs CGI creations and you can tell where the dotted lines are and You automatically think, ‘Eh… you have to make a decision about the suspension of faith. But with that, it was straight-forward analog makeup.”
He added, “Except maybe for a light digital cure… We’d fix that later. He takes his shirt off and that was the full suit, it was very heavy…but other than what you see, that’s what you got.
“But if it didn’t work, there wasn’t a movie. And the rule was that this is makeup and costume obeying the laws of physics and gravity. It’s not going to be like what we’ve seen so many times,” he said.
Fraser has defended and narrated his casting in the role news week in October that he is “not a little man”.
“I’m not a little man. And I don’t know what the metric is to qualify for the role. All I know is that I had to give as honest a performance as possible,” he said.
Based on the 2012 play by Samuel D. Hunter The whalethe story follows Charlie as he tries to reconnect with his teenage daughter (played by Sadie Sink) whom he left in childhood to be with his gay lover.
Hunter also wrote the screenplay for the film, which is expected to earn Fraser his first Oscar nomination later this year.
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