Brendan Fraser Tears Up at a 6-minute Venice standing ovation for the Whale

Brendan Fraser Tears Up at a 6-minute Venice standing ovation for the Whale ...

The Whale, directed by Darren Aronofsky, is still in the works, but the overwhelming response to star Brendan Fraser following a screening of the psychological drama at the Venice International Film Festival, is better publicity than any sizzle reel could procure.

Ramin Setoodeh, the co-editor in chief of Variety, has posted two videos to Twitter where the cast and the senior creative team behind the upcoming tearjerker react to a six-minute standing ovation following the premiere on Sunday. Per Setoodeh, Fraser sobbed throughout the celebration and tried to leave but was forced to stay due to the enthusiastic applause.

Brendan Fraser attempted to leave the theater, but the crowds' applause encouraged him to continue. #Venezia79 pic.twitter.com/ZZ0vbFX7Rl

Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) on September 4, 2022

Dwayne Johnson, Fraser's co-star in The Mummy Returns, re-tweeted the video, saying, "Man, this makes me so happy to see this beautiful ovation for Brendan." He pushed me to enter the The Mummy Returns franchise for my first ever role, which kicked off my Hollywood career." I'm rooting for all your success, brother.

Brendan Fraser is back, and he sobbed during the #Venezia79 six-minute standing ovation for #TheWhale. pic.twitter.com/y4l10ZFWQa

Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) on September 4, 2022

The Whale stars Fraser as Charlie, a 600-pound gay man who is confined to a wheelchair. Sadie Sink plays Charlie's 17-year-old daughter Ellie. Hong Chau plays Charlie's nurse and best friend. Ty Simpkins, Samantha Morton, and Sathya Sridharan round out the cast.

Hunter stated that turning my play into a screenplay has been a true labor of love for him. This is a deeply personal story, and im grateful that it may be used by a wider audience. Ive always been a fan of Darrens since I saw Requiem for a Dream when I was a college freshman composing my first plays, and im so grateful that he is bringing his unique gift and vision to this film.

In her IndieWire review, Fraser describes The Whale as a confident step forward into the movie-star status he deserves. Fraser's rise in Italian cinema is recalled.

The latif continues: For the normally more muted Venice crowd, who normally scramble for the exit the moment the film comes to an end, the sight of Frasers name at the end of the credits made the crowd return to the screen to applaud the actors' triumphant comeback. It's possible that this special and moving moment will continue throughout the awards season.

The Whale is set to release on December 9 in theaters.