Brendan Fraser and his 270 kilos: a standing ovation and tears for The Whale in Venice

Brendan Fraser and his 270 kilos: a standing ovation and tears for The Whale in Venice

The return of Brendan Fraser with a 270-kilo character greatly impressed the audience of the Venice Film Festival, but also strongly divided the critics! Check out photos from The Whale’s presentation and a review of contrasting tweets…

This should go down as one of the strong images of the Venice Film Festival taking place right now: Brendan Fraser acclaimed at the gala screening of The Whale.

Produced by studio A24, the film marks the return of Darren Aronofsky behind the camera 5 years after Mother! with Jennifer Lawrence. And especially that of Brendan Fraser in a leading role.

Why did Brendan Fraser disappear from the screens?

This Brendan Fraser comeback has been widely acclaimed as can be seen in the few tweets below. The actor could not help crushing a few tears at the time of this very moving standing ovation.

Even Dwayne Johnson commented on this moment on his Twitter account!

A standing ovation which nevertheless contrasts with some virulent criticism. If all welcome the performance of Brendan Fraser, already talking about an Oscar nomination, the returns are sometimes more mixed on the film itself. Here is a quick review of tweets from critics present in Venice.

Aronofsky doesn’t care about subtlety: make or break. Mystical melody, hallucinatory camera, a reflection on empathy, kindness and tolerance that holds on to the monumental performances of Brendan Fraser and Sadie Sink.

“While #TheWhale is dangerous in its depiction of obesity, it becomes repugnant in its escalation of effects aimed at bringing audiences to tears.”

Brendan Fraser gives the best performance of his entire career, sorry Chalamet, it’s his Oscar now. It’s not just another drama, it’s the BEST movie ever. A great job on the photo of the film too. (…)

VENICE MOSTRA ☄ Darren Aronofsky films a Stations of the Cross unlike any other: that of a 270-kilo man on the threshold of his life. But also that of Brendan Fraser, his interpreter, to whom the filmmaker offers his resurrection #venezia79 #TheWhale

The film will be released in France on February 23, 2023, in the middle of the awards season in the United States. Discover some photos below of the visit of actor Brendan Fraser and the team of The Whale, last night, Sunday September 4, 2022, in Venice.

An eventful comeback for Brendan Fraser


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The actor had been absent from the screens for many years due to health issues and after being sexually assaulted. Which makes his presence in Venice a real event, much observed. Especially since his role created a surprise.

An unexpected role with The Whale


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He plays Charlie, a reclusive English teacher suffering from obesity, trying to reconnect with his teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption. His character weighs 270 kilos in this film. The actor had to wear many prostheses for this role.

Director Darren Aronofsky back after Mother!


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Produced by studio A24, the film marks the return of Darren Aronofsky behind the camera 5 years after Mother! with Jennifer Lawrence. And especially that of Brendan Fraser in a leading role. Here he takes the actor in his arms on the red carpet in Venice.

The Whale, already among the favorites for the awards season?


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Darren Aronofsky here surrounded by the film crew on the Venice red carpet. The film will be released in France on February 23, 2023, in the middle of the awards season in the United States.

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