The Whale, for Brendan Fraser definitely represents a redemption. The actor has always been perhaps one of the most loved personalities on the web. The affection that many feel towards him is to be attributed to a natural sympathy even before the interpretations of him – mostly in comic films – that have marked part of the cinema of the 90s. He was absent from the cinema that matters for a long time before returning to the screen with The Whale. Sure, we might as well have seen him in Batgirl, but Warner Bros, as we know, canceled the film just a few steps away from finishing.
After receiving a 6-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival, Brendan Fraser also doubles up at the Toronto International Film Festival. The event, which ended in recent days, saw the actor take the stage to collect the TIFF Tribute Awardd conferred precisely by virtue of The Whale. The motivation is explained in a post that appeared on the official website of the event. “A performance of astounding power and depth, rich in nuances. Fraser was an action star, comedian and romantic performer. We want to welcome him back ‘home’ as the actor behind one of this year’s best performances. “ The message was signed by Cameron Bailey, CEO of the event.
Moving, truly moving, Fraser’s speech from the stage after receiving the award. “Usually I just deliver them. I also got good at it. Figurine in the left and handshake with the right “ the actor begins. Then, almost in tears, he tells “The last time I was on hold my name was called to receive an award he was in fourth grade and it was a bowling prize. It was a small cup with High Game Handicap engraved on it, which I don’t know yet what that means. Mom said it was a big prize. The plaque was also engraved with the name: Brian Foster. So Brian, if you’re here, come and get your award from 45 years ago because I now have mine“. Needless to say, her audience all standing to applaud.
The Whale is directed by Darren Aronofsky. In the film, Fraser plays Charlie, an English teacher, in crisis due to the death of the man he loved. The pain of the loss, Charlie vents it in food, thus weighing 300Kg. The heart, shattered by the disappearance of a loved one and put to the test by the massive gain in weight, begins to show signs of subsidence. Charlie is convinced he can no longer put off trying to re-approach his daughter, Ellie.
Source. Toronto Film Festival