From the icon of the nineties to the ‘Brenaissance’

From the icon of the nineties to the ‘Brenaissance’

Brendan Fraser was recently filmed sobbing at the Venice Film Festival.

The actor just received a six-minute standing ovation for his role in Darren Aronofsky’s new drama The whalein which he plays a 600-pound gay man confined to a wheelchair.

He tried to leave the theater, but this only intensified the ecstatic applause.

It’s the kind of career at its peak The Mummy star probably wouldn’t have believed it possible for much of the past 20 years.

Over the past two decades, Fraser has been largely MIA, confined, as my colleague rightly put it, to a Google search – what ever happened to Brendan Fraser?

The answer now? He’s back.

Fraser was one of Hollywood’s most bankable prominent men in the 1990s and 2000s

Brendan Fraser (left) and Arnold Vosloo in

Brendan Fraser (left) and Arnold Vosloo in “The Mummy Returns” (2001) (Keith Hamshere / Universal Studios)

Fraser’s demise was no small feat; in the early 2000s he was at the height of his appeal, having starred in beloved family adventure films such as The mummy, George of the jungle And Looney Tunes: back in action.

He was tanned, giant jaws and blue eyes with abs and pecs set in stone. His past looks of him have been the subject of countless TikToks and photomontages made by fans begging for a “renaissance”.

“Then I look at myself and I just see a steak walking by,” Fraser said in a 2018 GQ profile.

He also showed he had acting skills in the ’92s School ties, as a Jewish football player on an anti-Semitic boarding school alongside Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Chris O’Donnell.

Around 2005, Fraser’s career began to change.

The family studio films he excelled at began to decline in popularity; Inkheart, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Furry Vengeance and a sequel to Mummy has all had lackluster receptions.

The quality of the films he starred in rapidly diminished, as did the size of his parts.

It’s easy to say that an actor “fell” – some do – but a further explanation of Fraser’s retirement finally came in 2018. GQ profile.

Fraser claimed he was sexually assaulted in 2003

Brendan Fraser in 2003 (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)

Brendan Fraser in 2003 (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)

In the interview, Fraser claimed he was sexually assaulted in 2003 by Philip Berk, the former head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the organizer of the Golden Globes). Berk called Fraser’s accusation “a total fabrication”.

“I got depressed,” Fraser said GQ. “I was blaming myself and I was unhappy, because I said, ‘This is nothing; this guy walked over and got a feeling. ‘ That summer went on and I can’t remember what I kept working on. “

He added that the alleged incident made him “withdraw” and “feel lonely” and he lost track of who he was. Acting, he said, “withered on the vine … Something was taken away from me.”

Fraser suspected that the incident caused HFPA to blacklist him, which even Berk denied, although he was rarely invited to the Golden Globes after 2003. “The phone stops ringing in your career and you start wondering. Why. There are many reasons, but was this one of them? I think it was, “the actor said.

Around the same time, Fraser’s body began to deteriorate after years of stunts. “When I took the third photo of the mummy in China [in 2008]I was put together with duct tape and ice, ”he explained.

Fraser had to undergo multiple surgeries and an “exoskeleton” of ice packs to keep his body moving.

He famously revealed how far he was willing to push his body while filming The Mummy in 1999. In a scene where his character is hanged (but not killed), Fraser agreed to tighten the rope around his neck for a realistic depiction. The next thing he remembers is lying on the gravel with a doctor crouched over him. “I was completely choked. It was scary, ”the actor recalled EW in 2019.

The “renaissance” begins.

Talking with The independent last year, Daniel Stephen, guest of The Brendan Fraser podcast, identified is the GQ article and the disastrous 2017 reboot of The Mummy, with Tom Cruise, as the trigger for Fraser’s rebirth of the Internet. “For the people who saw that movie or didn’t see it, it was a realization that no one wants a mummy movie without Brendan Fraser,” he says. “I think it was kind of a wake-up call that we miss.”

“Especially after his [alleged] assault has come to light, “added Andrew Ortiz, founder of the film merchandising brand Super Yaki.” This gave people all the more reason to want to cheer him on.

Brendan Fraser in

Brendan Fraser in “The Whale” (A24 via AP)

“I think when we see someone who has been wronged, or exploited in society, we want to see them win. And I think in the absence of bigger wins, you are betting a lot on these very public payback stories. “

It helps that Fraser looks like a really lovely man, something that isn’t always a safe bet in the film industry. The GQ the profile, for example, begins with him talking about a horse he sent from Mexico to his New York ranch because he was being “beaten” by other horses.

Last year, the actor’s filming went viral due to his emotional reaction heard about the internet’s support for him.

The whale is Fraser’s first starring role in a film from the 2013 direct-to-DVD action film Burst. To call it a return would be an understatement. The part already has Fraser in serious contention for an Oscar next year.

If he gets it, it will be a story worthy of his own cinematic tale.

Laws The independentThe four-star review of The whale here.

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