In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Brendan Fraser was a highly respected and in-demand actor, known for his leading roles in movies such as “George of the Jungle” and “The Mummy”. However, his career and public visibility waned in the 2010s.
In 2018, Fraser spoke to GQ magazine about the physical toll his acting roles took on his body, with the actor revealing that he had spent seven years in and out of hospitals for various operations, including a partial knee replacement, vocal cord repair work, and a lumbar laminectomy. He stated that by the time he did the third “Mummy” picture in China, he was putting himself together daily with tape and ice.
But now, Fraser seems to be making a resurgence in the industry, taking on new roles with a different appearance. In 2021, he took on an almost unrecognizable role in the film “No Sudden Move” He is long loved and respected by professionals in the entertainment industry and it is nice to see him making a comeback.
Brendan Fraser’s career resurgence continues to gain momentum with his latest film, “The Whale.” The period crime thriller, which also stars Don Cheadle, David Harbour, and Jon Hamm, premiered at the 79th Venice International Film Festival to great acclaim, with Fraser receiving a six-minute standing ovation for his performance.
Fraser’s role in “The Whale” is a departure from his previous work, as he portrays a morbidly obese recluse. According to the Straits Times, Fraser purposely gained weight for the role, playing a man who weighs 600 pounds. The film, directed by Darren Aronofsky and based on the Samuel D. Hunter play of the same name, tells the story of a reclusive English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.
Fraser’s return to the spotlight has been welcomed by fans and critics alike, with many referring to it as the “Brenaissance.” In an interview with Unilad, Fraser said of “The Whale,” “It’s gonna be like something you haven’t seen before.” The BBC praised Fraser’s performance, stating that he “richly deserves to be nominated for a best actor Oscar.”
The actor has faced some hardships in his career, including physical tolls from his previous roles, but he’s also opened up in an interview with GQ Magazine in 2018. Despite this, Fraser is currently working on several upcoming projects, including “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “Batgirl.” With his powerful performance in “The Whale,” audiences everywhere are looking forward to more of the “Brenaissance.”