Brendan Fraser supported his 16-year-old guitarist son, Leland Fraser, at a concert the night after the Oscars ceremony.
Brendan Fraser is the definition of a cool dad. The Oscar-winner kept the celebrations going after the 2023 Oscars on March 12. "The Whale" star—who attended the award show with his two sons, Leland and Holden Fraser, and his girlfriend, Jeanne Moore—supported the 16-year-old guitarist, Leland, at a concert the night after the film ceremony.
According to PopSugar, the show was held at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Hollywood, where Leland rocked out with '80s cover band Fast Times. "Wild night at The Whiskey," he captioned the Instagram video. He was joined by DJ Ashba, who commented on the post to show his support for the young guitarist. "Yo bro! You killed it last night!" he wrote.
A photo shared on Fast Times' Instagram account shows Fraser throwing up a pair of devil horns while hanging out with the band. "What do you do the night after you win an Oscar for a lead actor? You come to the whiskey and party with Fast Times, of course. His son Leland is a guitar player, so we had him come up and jam with us along with DJ Ashba, and they rocked it," the post caption reads.
Fraser won the Oscar for best actor for his performance in the critically acclaimed "The Whale" at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. In the film—directed by Darren Aronofsky and adapted from Samuel D. Hunter's play of the same name—he stars as a morbidly obese teacher. Other nominees in the category included Austin Butler in "Elvis," Colin Farrell in "The Banshees of Inisherin" and Bill Nighy in "Living."
According to The Guardian, Fraser was emotional upon receiving the coveted Oscar and exclaimed, "So this is what the multiverse looks like!" He thanked Aronofsky and Hunter, saying: "You laid your whale-sized hearts bare so we could see into your souls." He wound up his speech by reflecting on his early years of acting in the industry.
"I started in this business 30 years ago," he said. "Things didn't come easily to me, but there was a facility I didn't appreciate at the time until it stopped."
Fraser said in 2018 that he was "blacklisted" by Hollywood after allegedly being sexually assaulted by the Golden Globes' former president Philip Berk at a 2003 luncheon thrown by Golden Globe organisers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). According to the Evening Standard, the encounter made him move away from the spotlight and offers for major roles from Hollywood studios suddenly ceased.
Five years later, Fraser was overwhelmed as he accepted the Oscar for his role in the movie "The Whale," which grossed $38 million against a budget of $3 million. He also thanked his three sons and his partner, Jeanne Moore, who was with him on his journey. Speaking to Interview Magazine with Freddie Prinze in 2022, the 54-year-old actor spoke about his autistic son, Griffin, whom he also gave a shout-out to during the Oscars.
Brendan Fraser accepts the Best Actor Oscar for his incredible performance in 'The Whale' #Oscars #Oscars95 pic.twitter.com/ofuc00ckv3— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 13, 2023
"I have three kids of my own. My oldest son, Griffin, has special needs. He's autistic. He just turned 20. He's a big kid. He's six feet five. He's got big hands and feet and a big body. I understand intimately what it is to be close to a person who lives with obesity," Fraser said. He went on to add that Griffin is the "happiest person" in his life and that he doesn't know what cynicism is because of his autism.
"He doesn’t know what cynicism is. You can't insult him. He can't insult you. He's the happiest person and is, in my life and many others, also the manifestation of love. Being with my kids and their mom and our family has given me such love that if ever I needed to hold something of value up to try and translate that to what was important to Charlie, I didn't have to look far," the star added.