Brendan Fraser says of his fat suit role in The Whale: it's 'not a one-note joke'

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1 Sep 2022, 16:30

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Brendan Fraser has addressed the decision for him to wear a fat suit in his new film, The Whale.

The new project is based on an adaptation of Darren Aronofsky’s play of the same name.

Fraser stars as an English teacher who is a recluse, and has become obese.

He worked with the Obesity Action Coalition on the project.

“I learned quickly that it takes an incredibly strong person inside that body to be that person,” Fraser told Vanity Fair 

“That seemed fitting and poetic and practical to me, all at once.”

The writer of the play says Samuel D. Hunter says The Whale is “a call for empathy”.

Fraser continued: “I looked at other body suits that had been used in comedies over the years, usually for a one-note joke.

“Whether intended or not, the joke is, it defies gravity. This was not that.”

The writer, Hunter, added: “Adapting my play into a screenplay has been a real labour of love for me.

“This story is deeply personal, and I’m very thankful it will have the chance to reach a wider audience.

“I’ve been a fan of Darren’s ever since I saw Requiem For A Dream when I was a college freshman writing my first plays, and I’m so grateful that he’s bringing his singular talent and vision to this film.”

Fans are hopeful that Fraser will receive an Oscar for his role.

It comes after his comeback role in Batgirl was cancelled.