Brendon Fraser is receiving a lot of praise for his performance in Darren Aronofsky's The Whale, and it's time. Fraser is at the beginning of a Brenaissance, which fans are referring to as his return to Hollywood. Given his performance in The Whale, he seems to be extremely grateful.
The Whale was shown for an audience this weekend at the Venice Film Festival. Fraser received a 6-minute standing ovation, a major achievement for a festival. He is encouraged to stand up and receive warm praise from the crowd. When he does, the crowd roars louder.
Brendan Fraser is back and he sobbed during the #Venezia79 six-minute standing ovation for #TheWhale. pic.twitter.com/y4l10ZFWQaSeptember 4, 2022
Fraser's career slowed as a result of personal tragedies, health issues, and industry responses to his revelations about being groped by the president of the Hollywood Forgein Press. Following the incident, Fraser felt he was removed from Hollywood and unable to be cast in parts.
The Mummy actor is able to perform alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon, which will be available later this year for AppleTV+ subscribers. He has previously played Firefly in the Batgirl film for HBO Max before it was canceled.
The Whale will also be presented for an audience at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Fraser will receive the prestigious TIFF Tribute Award. Critics who have viewed the film have also praised him for his transformative role, and the project is already receiving Oscar buzz.
Fraser may be receiving praise for how much he excels as an actor in this film. This part is a departure from George of the Jungle and The Mummy. Fraser is playing an obese English teacher who is attempting to reconnect with his teenage daughter after he left the family years ago for his gay lover. It is an extremely complex character that needed to be played honestly.
The Whale is produced by A24 and will be released on December 9, 2022 in the United States. For more information on films set to release later this year, please visit our 2022 film release schedule.