Brendan Fraser is preparing for his latest role.
The 52-year-old teamed up with director Darren Aronofsky to play the role of “sickly obese hermit” in “The Whale,” Variety reported on Tuesday.
The film, an adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s play, focuses on a 600-pound middle-aged man named Charlie who tries to connect with his 17-year-old daughter after leaving his family for a gay lover. After his partner died, Charlie turned to compulsive eating to cope with his grief.
According to The Whale, he was hailed by critics when he made his Broadway debut in 2012. He won both the Drama Desk Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play.
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This will be Aronofsky’s first film from “Mother!” Since 2017 starring Jennifer Lawrence, a commercial bomb. However, Aronofsky is also known for his other famous works, such as “Requiem for a Dream” from 2000 and “Black Swan” from 2010.
In 2018, Fraser told GQ that Philip Burke, a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, groped him from behind in 2003. The actor admitted that the incident “made me retire. It made me feel lonely.”
Fraser also told the agency that the HFPA had tried to get him to sign an agreement saying he was joking with his lawsuit. Burke said Fraser’s version of the incident was “complete fabrication.”
Following the report, the HFPA said it was investigating Fraser’s allegation.
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“[W]We conducted an internal review and then undertook to commission an independent investigation into the matter to ensure impartiality, “the statement said. We shared the results of this investigation with Mr Fraser and apologized again, but also conveyed our need to adhere to the investigation’s finding that the exchange was not a planned sexual advance. “
The “Mummy” star also told the outlet that doing his own stunts over the years took a lot on his body.
“I believe I probably tried too hard, in a destructive way,” Fraser recalls. “At the time I took the third photo of The Mummy in China [in 2008] I was assembled with tape and ice … I built an exoskeleton every day. “
Fox News’s Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.