Brendan Fraser Praises Obese People For Their Physical & Mental Strength After Starring In "The Whale"

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"The Mummy" star plays a 600-pound man in Darren Aronofsky's latest flick, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival yesterday.

Brendan Fraser has starred in plenty of action-packed adventure films over the years, from The Mummy franchise to George of the Jungle and Journey to the Center of the Earth. As he gets older, though, the 53-year-old has been challenging himself with his work, most recently taking on the role of a 600-pound man in Darren Aronofsky's The Whale.

The psychological drama tells the story of Charlie, a reclusive English teacher who is battling severe obesity while attempting to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter.

Brendan Fraser Praises Obese People For Their Physical & Mental Strength After Starring In "The Whale"
Brendan Fraser attends The Whale premiere in Venice, Italy -- John Phillips/Getty Images

While attending the project's premiere in Italy at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday (September 4), Fraser spoke at a press conference about what this character taught him – particularly about people who are living in obese bodies.

"It gave me an appreciation for those whose bodies are similar," the 53-year-old said. "I learned that you need to be an incredibly strong person, physically, mentally, to inhabit that being."

Speaking about the upcoming film specifically, Fraser explained, "Charlie’s physical mobility is limited to his home space, which is his couch. His story is told behind closed doors. He’s a light in a dark space. I think it’s poetic that the trauma he carries is manifest in the physical weight of his body."


"I needed to learn to absolutely move in a new way. I developed muscles I did not know I had. I even felt a sense of vertigo at the end of the day when all the appliances were removed, as you’d feel stepping off a boat on to the dock here in Venice," the actor added.

Fraser wore a cumbersome costume to complete his transformation into Charlie, admitting that he struggled wearing it on set, and was left feeling odd after taking it off at the end of the day.

As Daily Mail notes, several Twitter users in attendance at the premiere have revealed that the Indiana native's performance left several audience members in tears, and of course, he earned a massive round of applause for his work.

The Whale is Fraser's first lead role since 2013, when he starred in the straight-to-DVD thriller, Breakout; many fans are hoping this will be the father of three's comeback to Hollywood.

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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.