Darren Aronofsky’s The whale premiered at the Venice Film Festival this weekend, and actor Brendan Fraser was visibly moved by the reception the film received.
After the film’s premiere, the cast and crew were treated to a standing ovation that lasted six minutes. An audience member in the theater caught footage of Fraser, who stars in the film, becoming visibly emotional, and at the end stood up and thanked the audience while crying.
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For Fraser, The whale marks the first film in a comeback of sorts for the fan-favorite actor. After starring in the hit franchise The mummy in the early 2000s, Fraser’s career declined. In 2018, the actor attributed this to a combination of things, including his alleged sexual assault at the hands of the then-president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, his subsequent divorce, and the loss of his mother, all of which sent the actor into a depression.
However, Fraser’s career has seen an upswing recently, with the actor now also set to star in the upcoming Martin Scorsese film Killers of the Flower Moonas well as portraying Robotman in the popular TV series Doom Patrol.
Along with Fraser, The whale is also set to play Sadie Sink (Stranger Things, Fear Street), Hong Chau (Inherent load, Guardians), Samantha Morton (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Walking Dead), Ty Simpkins (Sneak), and Sathya Sridharan.
Based on Samuel D. Hunter’s 2012 play of the same name, The whale set on the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, follows the story of a six-hundred-pound recluse as he hides in his apartment and eats himself to death. “Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a vicious sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teenager,” reads the film’s synopsis.