Brendan Fraser was quiet for a long time. The American-Canadian actor was born in 1999 with The Mummy world famous. Sneered at in advance as “Indiana Jones for the poor”, the action-packed cinema adventure conquered the hearts of the audience. Two more sequels followed, with acclaimed guest appearances Scrubs – The Beginners and countless other roles. However, the 54-year-old says he retired from Hollywood after several commercial failures. health problems and a sexual assault he had to endure, drove him into a depression. After minor (voice) roles, Brendan Fraser celebrates in The Whale by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Mother!) makes a brilliant artistic comeback, which is also successful at the box office.
The Whale: Brandon Fraser from “The Mummy” in an acclaimed 300-pound role
From the siding to Oscar favorites as best actor? The Whale seems to be the end of a long dry spell for “The Mummy” star Brendan Fraser. In the new film of Cult director Darren Aronofsky he mimics a very overweight teacher who slips into obesity after the death of his partner.
The former Hollywood star gained a lot for this role, the missing kilos of the almost 300 kilogram main character are covered by a so-called fat suit. This impressive performance received a standing ovation during the Venice Film Festival and a Award at the Toronto Film Festival.
The Wahle: A Commercial Success At The Box Office?
Artistic achievements in Hollywood do not have to be synonymous with high visitor numbers be in the cinemas. In particular, the idiosyncratic works of Darren Aronofsky do not necessarily correspond to what is expected mainstream would assign. And yet the director succeeds with films like The wrestlers repeatedly well-received successes.
This also appears at The Whale to be the case. Brendan Fraser’s comeback played proudly in the USA on his opening weekend $360,000 a. That doesn’t sound like much at first, but The Whale only started in six (!) cinemas. The one that is easy to calculate Copy cut from $60,000 makes the film the most successful limited theatrical release of the year.
The promising comeback of “The Mummy” star Brendan Fraser should not be seen here until next year. The Whale starts on Thursday April 27, 2023, in Germany. And who knows? Maybe cineastes will get a freshly baked one with Brendan Fraser Oscar winner seen on the big screen.