Brendan Fraser Talks About Transforming 600lbs In The Whale: I Wanted To Disappear

Brendan Fraser says transforming into a 600-pound man in “Whale” has taken a toll on him.

Fraser, 53, plays Charlie, a reclusive English teacher who is nearing the end of his life. About a month after filming, the film’s director, Darren Aronofsky, said the actor was “all pedal and no gas.”

“I was upset – it could have been a failure,” Fraser said in an interview with Vanity Fair. Darren said, ‘We’ll go back and do this tomorrow. You have reached the climax. ‘ He said, ‘This is happening – it has reached its climax.’

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Brendan Fraser transforms into a 600-pound man in the movie “Whale.” Getty Images

Fraser noted to the outlet that he took on this role to push himself. “I wanted to know what I could do,” he said.

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Fraser, who hasn’t played any major roles in over a decade, said he wanted to fully immerse himself in Charlie’s character and become “unknown.”

“If there is no danger, why bother?” Fraser said. “I want to learn from the people I’m working with at this point in my career. I’ve had such variety, and a lot of highs and lows, so what I make sure, in the second half of my time doing in this, is to feel like I I contribute to the craft and am learning from it. This is an excellent opportunity. I wanted to disappear into it. I hoped I would become unrecognizable.”

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Brendan Fraser returns to Hollywood after being away for several years. Especially famous for his role in the series “The Mummy”. Ken Goff/Getty Images

Aronofsky, based on a play by Samuel D. Hunter, centers on the life of a 600-pound man named Charlie, who seeks to be reunited with his teenage daughter after he abandons his wife and child for a gay lover. Charlie became morbidly obese after developing a compulsive eating disorder to deal with the death of his lover.

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Fraser stars alongside “Stranger Things” actress Sadie Sink, who plays his 17-year-old daughter Hong Chau, Samantha Morton, and Ty Simpkins.

The role marks a major comeback for Fraser’s career as it’s his first leading role in nearly a decade. The “The Mummy” star had roles this year in Martin Scorsese’s latest Western film “Killers of the Flower Moon” and played the main antagonist in the now-cancelled Batgirl movie on HBO as Garfield Lynns – the villain known as Firefly.

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Brendan Fraser will play his first lead role in nearly a decade in “The Whale.” Getty Images

In August last year, Fraser was visibly moved after learning that fans on social media were rooting for his big comeback in Hollywood.

TheWrap.com reported at the time that TikTok cosplayerLittleLottieCosplay had a virtual encounter with the actor that went viral with over a million views.

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In the video, Fraser revealed that he is preparing for his upcoming project, “The Venus Moon Killers”. The crime drama, directed by Martin Scorsese, will also join Academy Award winners Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio, and is set to premiere in 2023.

“I’m going to be working with Scorsese, Leo (DiCaprio) and Bob De Niro,” Fraser said.

However, the fan told Fraser that he “got this”.

“The Internet is right behind you!” assured him. “We support you so much. There are so many people who love you, we are rooting for you, and we can’t wait to see what you do next.”

Fraser, who seemed to choke on the ad, was drinking water as he fought back tears.

“Shocked, madam,” said Fraser, gratefully tipping his hat.

The outlet noted that Fraser has a growing following on social media. In 2018, he admitted to being blacklisted after he accused former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Burke of sexual assault in 2003.

Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.

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