brendan fraser He is best known for his role in the movies “The Mummy” and others, most recently playing Professor Charlie in the movie The Whale.
Brendan Fraser’s performance in “The Whale” it has earned him standing ovations at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2022 where the film was presented for the first time and even has an Oscar nomination.
However, his triumphant return has also been surrounded by criticism for taking a role that some fans believe was not his. In the movie Charlie (Brendan Fraser) is a teacher who, after the death of a loved one, develops deep depression and severe obesity, but who at the end of “The Whale” seeks to reconnect with his daughter Ellie who is played by the star. from Stranger Things Sadie Sink.
One of the critics was the ‘Mean Girls’ actor Daniel Francesewho told People that he was frustrated that Brendan Fraser was given the role and gay and overweight actors like him were not considered.
“Finally getting the chance to be in a prestigious film that could be nominated for an award, where stories are told about people who look like us? That is the dream. So when they go over and over and they pick someone like Brendan Fraser, me and the other big queer men, we’re like, ‘What…?’ We can’t stand it!Franzese also said that he would have loved to audition for the role, if anyone knows how an obese gay man feels and why he acts, it’s just someone like him.
He is also a gay actor Guy Branum joined the criticism of Fraser’s choice, telling the site PRIDE that it’s not possible to identify with Charlie without having an overweight, gay actor playing him. “As a real fat gay person, I feel like my life doesn’t need to be a metaphor for someone else’s pain. I also have real issues with the fact that they cast a straight actor who is not very fat and (who) used prosthetics to represent the fatness in the film. I think it allows people to talk about that character as an object in a way that wouldn’t be possible if he was an actual fat person that you had to look into the eyes of.”.
Brendan Fraser responds to criticism
Brendan Fraser during the London Film Festival assured that he only took the role and gave a performance in the most honest way he could. “I’m not a little man, and I don’t know what the metric is to qualify for this role. I just know I had to give as honest a performance as I could”.
in words for Entertainment WeeklyFraser also said that the film is Charlie’s story and is not representative of everyone who lives with a body like his. “While his body type is different than mine currently, I have had my own body weight fluctuations, but it was helpful to put the two together to create Charlie from an authentic point of view and get as close to him as possible in playing him.”. Leave us your comment.