Brendan Fraser has shown overwhelming support for a comeback since his blockbuster career filled with films such as Furry Vengeance and Extraordinary Measures. He has received acclaim for his performance in the DC show Doom Patroland now he looks set to make a triumphant return to film in the new Darren Aronofsky film, The whale. The whale is a relatively straightforward story about an online English teacher who lives as a recluse with life-threatening obesity and needs to find closure with his estranged daughter.
Fraser recently spoke with Vanity Fair about his dramatic transformation (in more ways than one). The actor talks about Aronofsky’s choice to cast him,
He said he wanted an actor to reintroduce. And I wanted to be reintroduced. If there is no risk, why worry? I want to learn from the people I work with at this point in my career. I’ve had such variety, a lot of highs and lows, so what I’m keen on in the second half of my time doing this is to feel like I’m contributing to the craft and I’m learning from it. This is an excellent opportunity. I wanted to disappear into it. My hope was that I would become unrecognizable. I wanted to know what I was capable of.”
The film is based on the play written by Samuel D. Hunter. Aronofsky first saw the play back in 2012 and was instantly moved by it. Aronofsky wanted to reach out to Hunter for a film adaptation, and Hunter began working on a screenplay. Except the duo had a hard time imagining who should take on the lead role. “I thought about it every movie star playing Charlie and it never made sense or clicked.” says Aronofsky.
He then adds about Charlie’s portrayal of obesity in the film, “Unfortunately, so many characters portrayed in the media who live with obesity are treated horribly – either humiliated, made fun of or just live in misery. That was never Charlie. Obesity is just part of who Charlie is. After 10 minutes of spending time with Charlie, it is the breakthrough that we hope the film has [for viewers].”
The whale will be screened at the Venice Film Festival and at TIFF, before being released in theaters on December 9.
What do you think? Are you expecting Fraser’s comeback?