The “The Mummy” actor made an appearance on the blue carpet at a film festival and attracted attention for his physical appearance, which was a far cry from how we remember him. However, Fraser clarified that it’s all because of his return to the movie industry, where he will play an “obese professor”.
One of the actors who set the tone in the 90s and early 2000s was Brendan Fraser, who achieved maximum fame after acting in remembered films such as George of the Jungle, To Hell with the Devil, and The Mummy trilogy, where in addition to his innate humor, he stood out for being one of the leading men of those years.
Now – after several years away from the film industry – he has reappeared on the social scene after attending the blue carpet of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. However, beyond attracting attention for his presence, he did so for his physique: he has gained weight.
However, Fraser was quick to quash the rumors that immediately began to circulate, saying that all this weight gain was due to a character we’ll soon see on screen.
The actor is set to star in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale, where he will play an obese professor who is about to reach 380 kilos.
As for the reasons that ended up pausing Fraser’s career in Hollywood, there are several, and they all have to do with situations he was faced with: various physical injuries and a sexual assault put a break in his career.
According to the Spanish media El Mundo, the actor never used stuntmen for his stunts, and those of us who saw his films know that many of them were quite risky and he suffered heavy falls.
In this regard, Fraser himself said that he had “destroyed his body” and that, when he was in the third part of “The Mummy” (2008), he had to be wrapped in ice and tape to ease the pain of his injuries.
As for his experience of abuse, he told GQ magazine that he was sexually assaulted in the summer of 2003, when his career was in the midst of its heyday.
“One of his fingers touches me in the taint. And he starts moving it around…” Fraser testified against Philip Berk, who at the time was serving as president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
“I felt sick, like a little kid, like I had a knot in my throat. I thought I was going to cry, […] like someone had thrown invisible paint on me,” he added, noting that he immediately ran away from the uncomfortable situation.
The years have passed, the wounds have healed, and Brendan Fraser is ready to take on a second round of his career. We have no doubt he’ll meet nothing but success.