Brendan Fraser Reflects On How He Felt While Receiving That Standing Ovation For The Whale At Venice Film Festival


All hail the Brenaissance! Between movies like The Mummy and George Of The Jungle, Brendan Fraser was a staple talent of the ‘90s and ‘00s, until he wasn’t. While the actor never completely left Hollywood, he’s only truly stepped back into the spotlight over the past year. And during this time, many have showered him with praise for his powerhouse performance in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale. The biggest instance of that occurred during the prestigious Venice Film Festival, where Fraser received a 6-minute standing ovation that left him with tears in his eyes. Now, the star is opening about how that moment felt.

In many ways, The Whale is a perfect showcase for Brendan Fraser. The star is unrecognizable in the role of a 600-pound English teacher and recluse who seeks to reconnect with his teen daughter, played by Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink. When Fraser was asked to reflect on his emotional standing ovation at Venice, he said this: 

Crying is a word that’s, like, you’ve injured yourself, or there’s some harm done; I think I honestly was just smiling so hard my face leaked.


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