The Oscars are approaching and The Whale sounds like a favorite to give one of the most important categories such as Best Actor to Brendan Fraser.
The Whale is a moving film from beginning to end, Brendan Fraser, plays Charles, an English teacher who teaches virtual classes and whose job is to inspire young people to write. Charles is a 270-pound teacher who reveals the plight of many Americans who suffer from the disease that is obesity.`
According to the latest report on the state of obesity in the United States, about 40% of adults in the United States and 18.5% of children suffer from obesity, and the increase in obesity rates is alarming. In fact, in less than two decades, the obesity rate among adults increased by 30%, while among children, it increased by 33%.
Brendan Fraser gives himself completely to this character to convey the pain, depression, and hopelessness of someone who has decided to hurt himself this time through food. The reality for many of these people is that a clear relationship between depression and binge eating or binge eating episodes has been evidenced.
Charles, who sees how his health has deteriorated with no turning back, decides to contact his daughter whom he left at the age of 8 for a homosexual relationship whose resolution led him into a deep depression.
The Whale is based on a play of the same name by Samuel D. Hunter, the screenwriter, which is in turn inspired by the writer's real-life struggle with obesity.
In addition to being nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, also nominated for Best Supporting Actress is Hong Chau plays a nurse and Charles' best friend. And for the best makeup and hair styling. Fraser spent between 5 and 6 hours in makeup before filming began.
The awakening of Brendan Fraser.
In the ‘90s, Brendan Fraser was one of the most popular movie stars for his roles in "George of the Jungle", "The Mummy" trilogy, and "Screw the Devil". But after several events, the actor, after starring in hit after hit, disappeared completely from the big screen.
In 2018, the actor revealed that he suffered a deep depression that led him to stay away from the industry. A punctual event hit him very hard. The death of his mother from cancer and an encounter with journalist Philip Berk who abused him in 2003 and then his separation from Afton Smith led him to move away from Hollywood fortunately not forever.
The actor confessed that journalist Philip Berk abused him in 2003 at the Beverly Hills Hotel after a luncheon organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which awards the Golden Globes.
That unpleasant episode turned him into a lonely person and forced him to withdraw from the public scene. "It set me back, made me seclude myself," the actor confessed about that time when he navigated an unbearable fragility. Although he repeated to himself that "it was nothing," he began to tell himself that he deserved everything that had happened to him.
In addition, his years as an all-terrain Hollywood action star ended up taking their toll around 2008, when he was filming the third part of "The Mummy" saga in China. His body was no longer able to cope. According to him, the overexertion that gave him the status of a cute and muscular actor led to serious health problems. For almost seven years he underwent multiple operations, including surgeries to relieve pressure on his spine, several more back surgeries, a partial knee replacement, and even a repair of his vocal cords.
Berk, who was eight-time president of the association, denied that the group had retaliated and said Fraser's "career declined through no fault of our own." The journalist was associated with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association until this year; he was expelled from the organization after an e-mail he sent to its members calling Black Lives Matter a "racial hate movement" was leaked.
On March 12 we will know if The Whale will be awarded the statuette for best actor, which more than deserved has managed to put above acting and his magic to convey the pain and emotions of those who suffer the most. Brendan Fraser ("The Whale"), won the Screen Actors Guild Awards SAG, an award from the actors union where Brendan was captivated by his emotional speech about returning to film by the hand of the greatest as it is working with Darren Aronofsky director of 'Black Swan' and 'Requiem for a dream'