Whale director defends Brendan Fraser’s casting amid criticism

The whale hasn’t even been released to the general public yet, but it’s already become one of the most talked about movies of the year.

It’s thanks to Brendan Fraser’s performance as the title character, Charlie, who tries to reconnect with his daughter while mourning her late boyfriend and battling binge eating disorder.

The actor has been out of the spotlight for a while now, and his comeback performance was marked by big success during awards season.

But it was not without setbacks. The actor gained weight for the role, but still used prosthetics and other cinematic trickery to appear as severely obese as he was. mean girls Actor Daniel Franzese wondered why an obese queer man wasn’t cast.

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Talk to Varietydirector Darren Aronofsky explained why he didn’t cast an actor who was already that tall.

“There was a chapter in the making of this movie where we tried to look for obese actors,” he said. “Besides not being able to find an actor who can feel the emotions of the role, it just becomes a wild hunt. For example, if you can’t find a 600-pound actor, would a 300-pound actor or 400- pound actor enough?

“From a health point of view, it is prohibitive,” he added, referring to the intense production of the film. “It’s an impossible role to fill with a real person dealing with these issues.”

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Screenwriter Samuel D Hunter also touched on people who interpret the title as an attack on overweight people, as he references how Moby Dick – the sperm whale who is the main antagonist of the novel of the same name Herman Melville in 1851 – figures strongly in the plot.

“The title deliberately stokes some people’s prejudices. I wasn’t surprised by the blowback, because of the history of how obesity is treated in film. And we live in cynical times and reactionary,” he said. “To be clear, this isn’t a story about everyone struggling with obesity. That’s how it felt to me.”

The whale is slated for a December 9 release in US theaters. A UK release date has yet to be announced.


To beat (www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk) is a charity that raises awareness and understanding of eating disorders and supports those affected by them. Beat has now a one-to-one secure messaging service. Its helpline for people aged 18 and over is 0808 801 0677, and there is also a dedicated youth line for those under 18 – 0808 801 0711

Kimberly B. Nguyen