‘The Whale’ star Brendan Fraser says he would ‘absolutely’ transform again for another role

‘The Whale’ star Brendan Fraser says he would ‘absolutely’ transform again for another role

I think it’s one way you can create a character or body. “

Brendan Fraser in ‘The Whale’

Brendan Fraser would “absolutely” undergo another transformation following what has been called his career-best turn in The Whale.

The actor stars as a recluse gay instructor named Charlie affected by obesity in the drama directed by Darren Aronofsky. For the film, Fraser donned prosthetics to portray Charlie at 600 pounds, which has been met with a mixture of pushback over not hiring an obese actor and praise for Fraser’s performance. At the film’s New York premiere on Monday night, Fraser explained to PEOPLE the decision to use prosthetics, and said he would be open to transforming again for another role. He said that the transformation process was one of the most difficult ways to create a character or body.

And in this case, Fraser stated that Charlie’s costume must respect gravity and physics. This is in contrast to the many times that we’ve seen the character in films as a joke and in a dress that’s just too unfair. Although it is our personal opinion, we felt obligated to ensure that it was cumbersome. It was accurate, and that is what we aimed for. ”

Brendan Fraser in ‘The Whale’

Brendan Fraser as Charlie in ‘The Whale’

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Aronofsky previously called the task of finding actors to take on the role a “crazy chase,” sharing concerns over whether a 600-pperson with Charlie’s health issues could perform under such circumstances. “From a health perspective, it’s prohibitive,” he told Variety last month. “It’s impossible to fill this role with someone who is actually dealing with these issues.” Writer Samuel D. Hunter has also defended the casting in the adaptation of his play.

“I understand why people have certain reactions because, look at the history of portraying individuals suffering from obesity in cinema,” he told EW. “They are either objects of ridicule or jokes or completely one-dimensional. When presented with this information at face value, I understand that many people will have a reaction. Hunter stated that the film is an invitation for viewers to “walk in this door and be there with this guy” as an exercise of empathy and compassion. “If you respond to that invitation with a frown, then we’re kinda at an impasse,” Hunter said. “But, if I do invite you to go inside, you’ll see that this is the exact opposite of how obesity has been dealt with in cinema. ”

Fraser previously told EW at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (above) that the role “gave me an appreciation for the incredible courage” that people with larger body types “have to possess themself with for their very survival, and it takes an incredibly strong-willed and physically strong person to live inside a body that is, in Charlie’s case, hundreds and hundreds of pounds.”

” It’s important that we have respect for those with this corporal being,” he said. “I learned almost poetically that it takes a strong will of spirit to live in a body as large as Charlie’s. That’s something I have come to appreciate more each day. “

The Whale arrives in theaters on Dec. 9.

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