'The Whale'--New Brendan Fraser Film

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Donna

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This looks interesting, but also worrisome and problematic.

Fraser's role in The Whale has him playing a 600 lb recluse trying to reconnect with his 17 year old daughter. In the articles I've read, he says the costuming was cumbersome and extensive. He's being very tight lipped about the film itself, though. Fraser's career has been lacking in recent years, which he has been very candid about, but this film is supposed to be his big comeback. Interesting.

I know many are going to complain that a 600 lb (or close to it) actor wasn't hired to fill the role. I'm one of those people. The idea of putting an actor, even an actor whose already sporting a fat body, into a fat suit to make them larger instead of hiring an actor whose actually the size the role calls for is anathema to me. But in this instance I'm torn because I know how good Brendan Fraser is and I have a lot of faith he will bring a humanity to this role. Problematic.

As with any film whose main character is very fat, this is going to get the fat haters up on their soapboxes. I can practically read the op ed pieces now. I already know of at least three people in my life, all of whom know how much I adore Fraser, are going to be burning up my phone, using this movie as an excuse to yet again discuss their concerns for my size and "health". Not to mention the discussions on the morning talk and entertainment shows. Worrisome.

Silver lining: the hoopla surrounding this will mean more Brendan Fraser on my computer, tv, and movie screens. I just love him and I hope this does help to bring him back to super star status.
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Hope it works for him. Always been a fan: Encino Man, School Ties, (talk about juxtaposition - right -shows the range)

You're right though ... Haters gonna Hate
 

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I remember C. Metz in an ET interview stating that "American Horror Story" did not think she was big enough (for the role), thus having her wear a fat suit. Whether "The Whale" is made to be a sympathetic figure who is unable to make changes to get closer to his teen daughter or unwilling to make changes as its easier to stay in his comfort zone, sensing it will be a bitter pill for some to swallow either way. I do hope B. Fraser rebounds as I enjoyed "The Mummy" movies except for the last with Jet-Li.
 

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I know many are going to complain that a 600 lb (or close to it) actor wasn't hired to fill the role. I'm one of those people. The idea of putting an actor, even an actor whose already sporting a fat body, into a fat suit to make them larger instead of hiring an actor whose actually the size the role calls for is anathema to me. But in this instance I'm torn because I know how good Brendan Fraser is and I have a lot of faith he will bring a humanity to this role. Problematic.
It looks like the character is seen at (radically) different weights, so it would’ve been impractical to cast a ~600 lb actor in such a role. But I agree that Fraser and Darren Aronofsky, the director, are an intriguing pairing and that ultimately the humanity will shine through; (see: The Wrestler).
 

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