Brendan Fraser cries, ‘The Whale’ receives a standing ovation on the Venice Movie Pageant

Brendan Fraser reveled in the spotlight once again at the Venice Film Festival and was praised for his role in Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming film, “The Whale.”

The 53-year-old actor kept his cool as he walked the famous festival’s red carpet, only to burst into tears in theaters when theatergoers gave the star a six-minute round of applause for his performance, according to Variety.

Fraser, who has remained largely out of the spotlight after overcoming the physical ailments of performing a lot of his own stunts on screen, was later also plagued by the mental repercussions of an alleged sexual assault incident that occurred in 2003.

He returned to the silver screen again for what many believed to be Oscar competitive role as Charlie, a 600-pound gay man who feels his life is coming to an end.

Fraser was so moved by the response to the film that he could barely stand as the audience cheered once the credits rolled as the film finished in a video shot from within the festival.

“Brendan Fraser is back – and he sobs for six minutes of applause #Venezia79 for #TheWhale,” tweeted Ramin Setoodeh.

He later added, “The applause for #TheWhale was so enthusiastic, Brendan Fraser tried to leave the theater but the audience applause made him stay.”

During a pre-show interview with the press, Fraser expressed gratitude for the “warm reception” he has received since discussing his latest work.

“I’m looking forward to how this film makes as deep an impression on everyone as it does on me,” he said, via The New York Times.

Fraser recalls having to wear a large number of prosthetics that sometimes weigh up to 300 pounds to play Charlie, a reclusive character based on 2012 Off-Broadway played by Samuel D. Hunter.

“I needed to learn to move in a new way,” Fraser said. “I developed muscles I didn’t know I had. I even feel vertigo at the end of the day when all the gear is removed, just as you would get off the ship into the pier here in Venice.”

But still, following in Charlie’s footsteps gave Fraser “a tribute to those whose bodies are similar because I learned that you have to be a very strong person physically, mentally, to inhabit that physical being. And I thought it was Charlie.”

Brendan Fraser, Samuel D. Hunter, Sadie Sink, Hong Chau and director Darren Aronofsky
Brendan Fraser, Samuel D. Hunter, Sadie Sink, Hong Chau and director Darren Aronofsky attend “The Whale” red carpet at the 79th Venice International Film Festival.
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actor Brendan Fraser
Fraser could barely stand as the crowd cheered, overcome with emotion.

The role represents big comeback for Fraser’s career as it was his first leading role in nearly a decade. This year’s “The Mummy” star has a role in Mart Scorsese’s latest western film “Killers of the Flower Moon” and with Dawn Olivieri and Marcia Cross in “Behind the Curtain of Night.”

When asked if he was excited about his career prospects once again, Fraser remained humble.

“My crystal ball broke,” Fraser said. “I don’t know if yours worked, but meet me after the show, and we’ll take a peek together.”

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