90s idol Brandan Fraser has transformed into a 600-pound man for his new movie The Whale.
In an early image from The Whale, Fraser underwent a significant physical transformation in order to play an obese man.
Fraser, 53, looks worlds away from the sculpted actor fans remember him from as George Of The Jungle and Encino Man.
Big new role: 90s idol Brandan Fraser has transformed into a 600-pound man for his new movie The Whale amid his return to Hollywood
Chiselled: Fraser looks worlds away from the hunk the world once knew as in George of the Jungle (pictured above in 1997)
The A24 movie was directed by Darren Aronofsky and sees Fraser play a man “living with obesity” and “struggling to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter,” according to Variety. The actor wore prosthetics to achieve the look, according to IndieWire.
Adapted from the 2012 play The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter, the drama will have its world premiere at the 2022 Venice Film Festival. No release date has yet been set.
Fraser previously discussed his role in the film during an interview with Unilad, where he discussed the “vast” and “cumbersome” wardrobe and predicted the role would make a “lasting impression.”
“It’ll be like something you’ve never seen before,” Fraser told the release year. “That’s really all I can tell you… The wardrobe and costume were vast, seamless, cumbersome. It’s certainly a far cry from anything I’ve ever done, but don’t be shy… I know it’s going to make a lasting impression.
Previously: Fraser pictured in the 1997 film George of the Jungle
The film is set to be Fraser’s first starring role in nearly 10 years, following the release of his 2013 live-action DVD film Breakout.
Already a household name thanks to his starring role in the Tarzan parody George Of The Jungle, Fraser became a screen icon after playing swashbuckling Richard ‘Rich’ O’Connell in The Mummy franchise.
The actor is now enjoying a career renaissance after stepping away from the spotlight, with roles in Batgirl and a starring role in Martin Scorsese’s new film Killers of the Flower Moon.
The movie star also has a reputation for being very down-to-earth with fans.
Adapted from the 2012 play The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter, the drama will have its world premiere at the 2022 Venice Film Festival. No release date has yet been set; photographed June 2021
Earlier this year, Fraser made fans happy when he sweetly punched her during a meet at the Calgary Expo in Canada this week.
Brendan left a girl with a huge smile on her face from their enjoyable interaction in which she thanked him for making her “childhood so great”.
It hasn’t always been an easy road for Fraser, who has been open about his career lows.
In 2018, Brendan opened up about how a sexual assault by a Hollywood influencer and years of doing his own stunts all but destroyed his film career.
Throwback: Fraser in the 1992 film Encino Man
The actor, who was a household name in the 1990s and 2000s with hits such as George of the Jungle and the Mummy franchise, told GQ in a lengthy profile how there’s been a steady decline in acting roles. these last years.
Several factors appear to have contributed, including a failed marriage, a growing list of health issues, and a downward spiral of depression.
Fraser detailed in the former’s profile that he was sexually harassed in 2003 by then-Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk.
The alleged incident happened in 2003 at the Beverly Hills Hotel while they were having lunch.
“His left hand reaches out, grabs my cheek** and one of his fingers touches me in the filth,” he told GQ,
Movie star: Fraser was a household name in the 1990s and 2000s with hits such as George of the Jungle and the Mummy franchise
Upcoming attractions: A24 provided a first look at The Whale as it unveiled its premiere at the 79th Venice Film Festival
And he starts to move it. I felt sick. I felt like a little child. I felt like I had a lump in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.
After immediately leaving lunch, Fraser informed his then-wife Afton Smith of the interaction, but remained silent for fear of embarrassment and damage to his career.
Although he didn’t go public with the incident, he eventually reported it to the HFPA, but their response was clear: Fraser was rarely invited back to the Globes after 2003.
In the article, Berk says he wrote a letter to Fraser about the incident but “admitted no wrongdoing.”
Recent red carpet: Fraser pictured in New York in June 2021
Fraser said he became depressed and began to feel like he deserved what had happened to him.
“I blamed myself and was miserable – because I was like, ‘It’s nothing; this guy reached out and he got a feeling”. This summer has passed – and I can’t remember what I continued to work on afterwards.
Fraser also says that the roles he played affected him physically. His physical peak from 1997’s “George of the Jungle” was quickly fading.
Earlier this year, Fraser gave fans a treat when he sweetly punched her during a meet at the Calgary Expo in Canada this week
Brendan left a girl with a huge smile on her face from their enjoyable interaction in which she thanked him for making her “childhood so great”
‘The moment I made the third photo of mom in China [in 2008], I was put together with tape and ice…because they are small and light and can fit under your clothes. I was building an exoskeleton for myself every day.
Eventually, the injuries he sustained during his stunts required several surgeries:
He needed a lumbar laminectomy, a surgery that removes the back part of a vertebra in the lower back, to create more space in the spinal canal.
However, it didn’t take and had to be done again a year later. He underwent partial knee replacement surgery, another back operation involving the bolting of various compressed spinal pads, and even surgery to repair his vocal cords.
Fraser said he had been in and out of hospitals for almost seven years.
Fraser was previously married to actress Afton Smith from 1998 to 2008. They share sons Leland Francis Fraser, 16, Holden Fletcher Fraser, 17 and Griffin Arthur Fraser, 19.
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