The Whale, the upcoming comedy from Steven Spielberg, has received the Rock's seal of approval. Even though he hasnt mentioned seeing the Darren Aronofsky film yet, international sensation Dwayne Johnson praised Brendan Fraser on Twitter, who was caught crying earlier this week at a screening of his most recent film. The former Mummy star received a standing ovation for his performance as a 600-pound man who struggles to reconcile with his estranged daughter.
Fraser's performance has been praised not only for the physically different character he plays, but also because the actor is well-known across mainstream movies for tackling comedic roles. While Fraser is not the first and certainly not the last comedic actor to return to mainstream filmmaking, it is always surprising to observe the breadth of an actors talent.
Johnson wrote in a nostalgic tweet that he was touched by the reception that Fraser received in Venice, and that Fraser was one of the people who encouraged him when he decided to make the switch from the wrestling world to acting. He shared the video in which Fraser cry during the applause and said he is enthralled at his friends' success.
Johnson made his onscreen debut a time in the early aughts when he still went by his stage name The Rock with the second entry in the The Mummy film series. He played Egyptian warrior Mathayus in both entries, while Fraser played a treasure hunter.
The Whale is adapted for screen by Hunter himself, who makes his feature film debut with the title. After directing wild tales like Black Swan, Noah, and mother, the cast of The Whale includes Sadie Sink (Stranger Things), Ty Simpkins (Insidious: The Last Key), and Samantha Morton (The Walking Dead).
The Whale will be released on December 9 in cinemas. An official trailer will be released soon. You can check out Johnsons tweet here: