Brendan Fraser’s Career Resurgence Continues As He Scoops Toronto Film Festival Award For Darren Aronofsky’s ‘The Whale’

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In news that everyone will be glad to hear, the career of Brendan Fraser seems to be going from strength to strength with his return to Hollywood. Whilst the cancellation of Batgirl will have been a setback, where he was due to star as the Batman rogue Firefly, his upcoming release of The Whale, and more pertinently his performance in it is creating quite the buzz on the film festival circuit.


Starring in Darren Aronofsky’s latest directorial release as a severely obese man trying to repair and save his relationship with his estranged daughter played by Sadie Sink, of Stranger Things fame.

“A reclusive English teacher living with severe obesity attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.”

Brendan Fraser in ‘The Whale’.

No stranger to hard-hitting content, Aronofsky will be hoping this is better received than his last release some five years ago in Mother! Released by A24, it’s a fair shout to expect the weird and the wonderful from the film, with the director and studio both known for putting out experimental, risk-taking efforts compared to the paint-by-numbers efforts of other directors and studios.


Brendan Fraser Was Up, Then Down, Now On His Way Up Again


Brendan Fraser

Many will remember Fraser from their younger years when he starred in countless fondly looked upon films, including The Mummy trilogy – albeit the less said about the third the better -, Encino Man, Tarzan, and many more. He seemed to be set in Hollywood for many years to come before he seemed to disappear.

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Withdrawing from the public eye and with his acting credits drying up, many thought we’d seen the end of Brendan Fraser on our big screens. Citing some distasteful and flat-out illegal treatment by studio executives, the result of which his mental health took a nosedive, Fraser himself has said he’s surprised by his return and is frequently emotional at the outpouring of love and admiration from his fans.

This will only increase, with news that he’s due to receive the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance, as well as his recent casting and filming in the next Scorsese blockbuster Killers of the Flower Moon, starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. The film is said to be the story of the Osage Murders and tells the tale of the birth of the modern-day FBI.

What is Next for Brendan Fraser?

Leonardo DiCaprio (left) and Martin Scorsese (right).

As already mentioned, he’s already signed and filmed his next film in Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, so only time will tell what his next big movie role will be. It’s fair to say he’s fast becoming one of the in-demand actors in Hollywood again, presumably both for his talent and the marketability of casting ‘the forgotten man, in whichever studios next big thing, as cynical as that sounds.


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Fans have been clamoring for him to appear in the MCU, and in a most comical way, most haven’t fan cast him as a particular character, no, they want him to appear as himself. There are plenty of characters that Fraser could fit in the MCU, but it’d be understandable if the circus surrounding Batgirl has put a sour taste in his mouth with regards to superhero films.

Either way, I think many people will be happy to see Fraser getting the praise and roles he deserves, and hopefully, we’ll get many more roles of his on-screen.


Source: The Wrap

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Written by Luke Addison

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Luke Addison is the Lead Video Game Critic and Gaming Editor. As likely to be caught listening to noughties rock as he is watching the latest blockbuster cinema release, Luke is the quintessential millennial wistfully wishing after a forgotten era of entertainment. Also a diehard Chelsea fan, for his sins.

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