'The Mummy' actor took a step back from showbiz after Philip Berk allegedly sexually assaulted him.
Brendan Fraser is making a comeback as a lead in a movie, and we can't wait to see it. Fraser will play the role of a man living with obesity and struggling to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter in Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming drama “The Whale.” A24 released the first look of the movie and it has fans excited about Fraser's return as a lead, reported Variety. "The Whale" is set to have its world premiere at the 2022 Venice Film Festival. Brendan Fraser was once the toast of Hollywood and delivered blockbusters such as "The Mummy" franchise, "George of the Jungle," "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" and the Oscar-winning film "Crash," among others.
Premiering at the 79th Venice Film Festival 🇮🇹— A24 (@A24) July 26, 2022
• Darren Aronofsky's THE WHALE starring Brendan Fraser and Sadie Sink
• Joanna Hogg's THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER starring Tilda Swinton
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Fraser revealed he had taken a step back from showbiz after an incident of sexual harassment. Fraser accused Philip Berk, a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, of physically groping him. Berk admitted to "pinching" Fraser in the buttocks after an event, but Fraser said it was more violent than what Berk had described. "I felt ill. I felt like a little kid," he told GQ. "I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry." Brendan Fraser had been missing from the spotlight for a while but is now making a comeback with some stellar projects including one with Martin Scorcese — “Killers of the Flower Moon” and as villain in "Batgirl.” Both are yet to release.
Aronofsky returns to direction after his last film "Mother" had a mixed response among critics and did poorly at the box office. Some of the other cast include “Stranger Things” star Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Samantha Morton, and Ty Simpkins. Aronofsky is once again teaming up with cinematographer Matthew Libatique. Every Aronofsky movie has been shot by Libatique barring “The Wrestler” which was shot by Maryse Alberti.
Brendan Fraser tears up when told about the support he’s received on social media after his casting in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’. pic.twitter.com/SgC7u8aIk7— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) August 14, 2021
The internet has been rooting for Brendan Fraser and is excited about his comeback. One particular interaction that stood out what when a fan named Lindley Key told him that there was a host of people supporting him and the actor was moved to tears. Key told Fraser, "There are so many people out there who love you. And we're rooting for you, and we can't wait to see what you do next." A visibly emotional Fraser tipped his cowboy hat and took a sip of water before saying, "Shucks, ma'am." The video went viral immediately and Twitter was flooded with positive messages from many who had grown up watching Brendan Fraser as the lead in 'The Mummy' franchise. Key later explained what the actor meant to her. "Fraser was such a huge part of our childhoods," she told Insider. "His movies were, and still are, loved by so many out there. And after all, he has been through these past years, his fans are thrilled to see him happy and back to work."
Am I crying over Brendan Fraser right now? Yes. I love this man, so so much. This pulls at my heart strings. pic.twitter.com/fVcol72e36— 𝐌𝐚𝐱𝐱 🦇 (@maxxmacabre) March 3, 2022
He got another taste of the support when he made an appearance at the FAN EXPO Boston earlier this year. A fan asked Fraser, “How does it feel to have all these people kinda worshiping you?” The actor said he is "feeling the love," before addressing the video. "A nice little chat with this lovely woman called Lindley — I learned her name. And it was big, I’m told,” he said.
The 'Batgirl' crew gives Brendan Fraser a precious birthday surprise 🎂— Fandom (@getFANDOM) December 6, 2021
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The person followed up and said, “You were kind of choking up.” Fraser responded, “Yeah I backed into that—was I? I was like, I don’t know, I felt like… she was so sincere.” Fraser was choking up again while recollecting details of that call. “I appreciate it and it let me know that, I guess, I just wasn’t aware that there’s that much support. I appreciate it very, very much.” Key watched the interaction at the EXPO and took to her TikTok to respond to Fraser remembering their chat. “We’re thrilled to see him happy and back to work.” She got very emotional watching Fraser's bit at FAN EXPO. “It makes me cry and smile every time I watch it,” she said, before adding that it meant the world to her that he learned her real name and not just her username.