Brendan Fraser’s appearance in Darren Aronofsky’s The whale is garnering great accolades, with the actor in contention for an Oscar for Best Actor. But some say he might not have been the right choice for the role.
Daniel Franzese, who appeared in the 2004s Wild girlsspoke out against Brendan Fraser’s cast, saying, “I suppose you can go ahead and wear a cool suit and do what you have to do and get your Oscar. We’ll just sit here and wait.”
Franzese noted that he is a fan of Brendan Fraser, calling him a “modest” and “lovely” actor. His grip on Fraser and The whale is strictly about a thinner, straight actor being cast as an overweight, gay man. Basically, why not cast an already overweight LGBT actor? “To finally get a chance to be in a prestigious film, maybe nominated for an award, where stories of people who look like us are told? That’s the dream,” he said. “So when they go round and round and cast someone like Brendan Fraser, me and the other big queer guys, we’re like, ‘What the hell …?’ We can’t handle it!’”
IN The whale, Brendan Fraser plays a reclusive, 600-pound man trying to reconcile his relationship with his daughter. His performance was applauded Toronto International Film Festival as one “of staggering depth, power and nuance.” Many experts predict Fraser could win the Academy Award for Best Actor, capping a miraculous comeback. Our own Chris Bumbray gave it a 9/10 – you can read his review here.
Casting shaming is certainly nothing new, but it seems to be popping up more often. Even the idea of putting on a cool suit. As recently as last year, actress Sarah Paulson was criticized to wear one Impeachment: American Crime Story. She later said, “I think the controversy is legitimate.” No one involved with The whale has not yet commented.
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