Brendan Fraser Says Severely Obese Character In ‘The Whale’ Is ‘The Most Heroic Man I’ve Ever Played’


By Brent Furdyk.

Brendan Fraser has played many heroes on the big screen, ranging from ‘George of the Jungle’ to Rick O’Connell in ‘The Mummy’ films, but he believes his latest role – a severely obese man in ‘The Whale’ – might be the most heroic character he’s ever played.

In the Darren Aronofsky-directed film, which will be among the films shown at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival later this month, Fraser plays Charlie, a reclusive teacher whose health rapidly declines as he seeks to reconnect with his daughter. (Sadie Sink) before it’s too late.

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“It gave me an appreciation for those whose bodies are similar. I learned that it takes an incredibly strong person, physically, mentally, to inhabit that being,” he said during a press conference at the Venice International Film Festival, reported by The Guardian.

“Charlie’s physical mobility is limited to his domestic space, which is his couch. His story is told behind closed doors. He is a light in a dark space. I think it’s poetic that the trauma he carries manifests in the physical weight of his body,” Fraser continued.

“I needed to learn how to move in absolutely a new way. I developed muscles that I didn’t know I had. I even felt a dizzy feeling at the end of the day when all the devices have been removed, as it would be like stepping off a boat onto the dock here in Venice,” he added.

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Of all the characters he’s played on screen, Fraser said Charlie was the biggest challenge he’s ever faced as an actor.

“I looked different in those [‘George of the Jungle’] days. My journey to where I am now has been to explore as many characters as possible, and that has been the biggest challenge for me,” Fraser explained.

“I think Charlie is by far the most heroic man I’ve ever played because his superpower is seeing the good in others and bringing it out in himself,” Fraser said. “In this process, he is on his way to salvation.”




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