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Brendan Fraser Returns To Hollywood As He Transforms Into 600lb Recluse For New Film ‘The Whale’

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Brendan Fraser Returns To Hollywood As He Transforms Into 600lb Recluse For New Film ‘The Whale’

His first leading role in nearly ten years.

The nineties heartthrob, Brendan Fraser, has returned to Hollywood and for his first film’ he’s seen physically transformed into a 600lb recluse to play the role of a man living with obesity and struggling to reconnect with his daughter. The film, an adaptation of the Whale by Samuel D. Hunter, will have its world premiere at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, but no release date has been set as of yet. 

This is set to be Brendan’s first leading role in nearly ten years, after his 2013 direct-to-DVD action film Breakout. 

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Before this, he had been a household name, thanks to his starring role in Tarzan spoof George of the Jungle, and also became a screen icon after playing swashbuckling Richard Rich O’Connell in The Mummy Franchise. Brendan had earlier discussed his role in the film during an interview with Unilad. He told the outlet of the extensive and cumbersome wardrobe and predicted the role would make a lasting impression. 

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“It’s gonna be like something you haven’t seen before. That’s really all I can tell you,” He said of the A24 film, directed by Darren Aronofsky. 

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Brendan added: “The wardrobe and costume were extensive, seamless, and cumbersome. This is certainly far removed from anything I’ve ever done but not to be coy…I do know it’s going to make a lasting impression.” As seen, the 53-Year-Old looks worlds away in the new film from what his fans remember him as in Encino Man and Killers of the Flower Moon.

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This comes as Brendan had in early 2022, made a fan’s day when he sweetly fist bumped her at a meet and greet at Calgary Expo in Canada. 

@imani.goulet #brendanfraser #brendanfraserappreciation #brenaissance ♬ original sound – imani 🌱
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Besides, it hasn’t always been an easy road for the actor, who in 2018 opened up about how a sexual assault by an influential Hollywood figure and years of doing his stunts destroyed his movie career. Several factors, including a failing marriage, a list of health, and a spiral into depression, contributed to his steady decline in acting roles. His stunts resulted in injuries, which needed a lumber laminectomy and being in and out of hospital for almost seven years. 

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However, Brendan had been married to actress Afton Smith from 1998 to 2008, and they share sons Holden Fletcher, Griffin Arthur, and Leland Francis. 

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