From the icon of the nineties to the ‘Brenaissance’

Brendan Fraser was recently filmed sobbing at the Venice Film Festival.

The actor had just received a six-minute standing ovation for his role in Darren Aronofsky’s new drama. The whalein which he plays a 600-pound gay man confined to a wheelchair.

He tried to leave the theater but that only intensified the enthusiastic applause.

It’s the kind of career heyday that The Mummy Star probably wouldn’t have believed it possible for much of the last 20 years.

Over the course of the last two decades, Fraser has largely been MIA, confined, as my colleague rightly put it, to a Google search: What happened to Brendan Fraser?

The answer now? He is back.

Fraser was one of the most bankable leading men in Hollywood in the 1990s and 2000s.

Brendan Fraser (left) and Arnold Vosloo in ‘The Mummy Returns’ (2001) (Keith Hamshere/Universal Studios)

Fraser’s disappearing act was no mean feat; In the early 2000s, she was at the height of her appeal, having starred in beloved family-friendly adventure films such as The Mummy, George of the Jungle Y Looney Tunes: Back in Action.

He was tan, had a giant jaw and blue eyes with abs and pecs carved from stone. His past appearance has been the subject of countless TikToks and fan-created photo montages begging for a “Rebirth.”

“I look at myself then and I just see a steak walking by,” Fraser said in a 2018 GQ profile.

He also showed that he had acting skills in 1992. school ties, playing a Jewish scholarship football player at an anti-Semitic boarding school alongside Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Chris O’Donnell.

Around 2005, Fraser’s career began to change.

The family studio films in which he excelled began to decline in popularity; Inkheart, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Furry Vengeance and a sequel to Mummy met with lackluster receptions.

The quality of the films he starred in declined rapidly, as did the size of his roles.

It’s easy to say an actor “fell off,” some do, but a more detailed explanation of Fraser’s 2018 retirement has finally arrived. GQ profile.

Fraser claimed he was sexually assaulted in 2003

Brendan Fraser in 2003 (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Brendan Fraser in 2003 (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

In the interview, Fraser alleged that, in 2003, he was sexually assaulted by Philip Berk, the former head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the organizing body behind the Golden Globes). Berk called Fraser’s accusation “a total fabrication.”

“I got depressed,” Fraser said. GQ. “I blamed myself and felt miserable, because he said: ‘This is nothing; this guy reached out and touched it. That summer passed and I can’t remember what I worked on next.”

He added that the alleged incident made him “regress” and “feel lonely”, and he lost track of who he was. Acting out, he said he, “withered on the vine…something had been taken from me.”

Fraser suspected the incident caused him to be blacklisted by the HFPA, which Berk also denied, though he was rarely invited to the Golden Globes after 2003. what. There are many reasons, but was this one of them? I think it was,” the actor said.

Around the same time, Fraser’s body began to deteriorate after years of working as a stuntman. “By the time I took the third picture of the Mummy in China [in 2008]They armed me with adhesive tape and ice,” he explained.

Fraser had to undergo multiple surgeries and an “exoskeleton” of ice packs to keep her body moving.

He revealed how far he was willing to push his body while filming. The Mummy in 1999. In a scene where his character is hanged (but not killed), Fraser agreed to have the rope tightened around his neck for a realistic portrayal. The next thing he remembers is lying on the gravel with a doctor crouching over him. “I completely choked up. It was scary,” the actor recalled. ew in 2019.

The ‘Renaissance’ begins

speaking to the independent last year, Daniel Stephen, host of The Brendan Fraser Podcast, identified both the GQ article and the disastrous 2017 reboot of The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, as triggers for Fraser’s resurgence on the Internet. “For people who saw that movie or didn’t see it, it was the realization that no one wants a Mummy movie without Brendan Fraser,” he says. “I think it was kind of a wake-up call that we miss him.”

“Especially after his [alleged] the assault came to light,” added Andrew Ortiz, founder of the Super Yaki film brand. “That gave people more reasons to want to support him.

Brendan Fraser in 'The Whale' (A24 via AP)

Brendan Fraser in ‘The Whale’ (A24 via AP)

“I think when we see someone who has been wronged or taken advantage of in society, we want to see them win. And I think in the absence of bigger wins, you’re relying a lot on these very public comeback stories.”

It helps that Fraser comes across as a genuinely charming man, something that isn’t always a safe bet in the film industry. the GQ The profile, for example, begins with him talking about a horse he sent from Mexico to his New York ranch because other horses were “beating” him.

Last year, images of the actor went viral due to his emotional reaction to hearing about the Internet’s support for him.

The whale it is Fraser’s first leading role in a film since the 2013 direct-to-DVD action film Escape. Calling it a comeback would be an understatement. The role already has Fraser in serious contention for an Oscar next year.

If he succeeds, it will be a story worthy of its own cinematic history.

Read the independentfour star review The whale here.

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