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“I had no idea about this Brenaissance”: The Whale Director Confesses He Never Watched Brendan Fraser’s Movies, Fell in Love With Star On First Sight

The Whale Director Confesses He Never Watched Brendan Fraser’s Movies, Fell in Love With Star On First Sight

The Whale is Brendan Fraser’s return to the Hollywood Spotlight with a stunning performance from each individual involved in the movie. Fans have even been demanding that the actor gets awarded an Oscar for his role. The director of the movie too has commended Fraser’s acting and how he would have picked no one over the actor for the lead role.

Brendan Fraser in The Whale (2022).
Brendan Fraser in The Whale (2022).

The movie kicked off with the viewers and critics either liking the movie a lot or not at all. However, one fact that each and every individual had in common was that Fraser had done an incredible job in the film. Surprisingly enough, the director had not seen a single movie of the actor and was charmed by his skills because of a trailer alone.

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The Whale’s Director Had Not Watched A Single Brendan Fraser Movie

Darren Aronofsky revealed why exactly it took him such a long time to film the movie. The hunt for his main character, Charlie, had been a lengthy one. The only reason he even came to stumble upon Brendan Fraser was because of a trailer. He was mesmerized by the actor and knew immediately that if there was going to be anyone becoming his protagonist, it was going to be Fraser.

Sadie Sink will star alongside Brendan Fraser in The Whale (2022).
Brendan Fraser in The Whale (2022).

“The reason it took 10 years is because I couldn’t figure out how to cast it, and then I stumbled on a trailer of a low-budget Brazilian indie movie Brendan had a small role in it. To be honest, I had never really seen any of his films, I had never seen George of the Jungle, Encino Man — I have seen The Mummy, but not that much. It was something like a light bulb that went off, let’s roll the dice on it. Once a movie star, always a movie star, and there was a time where people loved him, I had no idea about this Brenaissance and people going crazy over him.”

He was so sure that the actor would be perfect for the role that he only watched a glimpse of him in the trailer and confirmed it. This simple decision gave Brendan Fraser his epic comeback into the Hollywood industry making not only the fans but, also celebrities who have worked with him in the past extremely happy.

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Darren Aronofsky’s Decision To Bring Back Brendan Fraser Was A Gamble Done Right

While the decision of bringing back Brendan Fraser could have easily been a huge gamble for Aronofsky, it only benefitted him more. The actor had stepped away from Hollywood after an incident that left him highly disturbed. Now with him back in action, it only proves just how much loved the actor is and how desperately fans and friends wanted to see him return to the big screen.

Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser lauded with 6.5 minutes of a standing ovation for The Whale

He has been nominated for his first BAFTA and even received a six-minute standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival. Fans have been demanding the actor get an Oscar for his performance and numerous other rewards.

The Whale is now available to watch in theatres.

Also Read: ‘Good now make a new Mummy Movie starring him’: Fans Demand Brendan Fraser’s Return as ‘Rick O’Connell’ After He Wins Most Emotional Comeback of 2022 Award

Source: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is a content writer for Fandomwire. She is currently doing her Bachelor's of Arts in English Honours. Adya likes to read a lot and it would not be a surprise to see her spend her entire day playing Genshin Impact. Her articles range from Marvel, DC and movies to Mental Health Awareness.