We’ve heard all about Darren Aronofsky’s Whale during this year’s festival season and now, the first shot of Brendan Fraser Hollywood’s great comeback has arrived. A24 is out an intro for Whalethis shows that Best Actor is hoping for one of his most challenging roles.
Most of the trailers include tee shots on set Whale, with a portrait of Charlie’s (Fraser) house. In the film, Fraser plays a 600-pound man trying to reconnect with his young daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink). We get glimpses of the couple playing on a beach during their younger years, and then, what appears to be a super strained relationship as the pair grow up.
“Do you ever get the feeling people can’t afford not to care?” Charlie narrates in the trailer, “Humans are amazing.”
As awards season heats up, Brendan Fraser’s performance in Whale was one of the most discussed choices for the title of Best Actor. In a review from September, Vulture Is called Whale “perfect return role” for Fraser. Critic Bilge Ebiri wrote: “Fake or not, it’s the perfect piece for Fraser. “Honestly, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in this part. The character’s demeanor makes sense for someone who doesn’t see much of a company, who is embarrassed to show himself to strangers but still craves connection. “
Despite the critical acclaim, the film was faced criticism for portraying fat people, with reviews noting the heaviness of Fraser’s fat suit and the negative language used in the film. However, some critics also faced backlash for the tone of their criticism, with Guardians said the actor looked like “a giant puddle of skin like Jabba the Hutt.”
“Apart from missing the point of the movie,” wrote Kayleigh Donaldson for The Daily Beast’s Obsessed“It was a slap in the face for a fat actor and spoke of the difficulties of dealing with an injured and changed body, someone traumatized by working in the industry.”
However, everyone is still excited about the return of Mummies stars on the big screen. Fraser was nearly fired from the industry for accusing the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Philip Berk Sexual Assault in 2018. Four years later, fans of Fraser—including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson– so excited to see him cry (happy tears!) after received a standing ovation in Whalepremiere in Venice.
Whale premieres in theaters on December 9.