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Brendan Fraser Becomes a 600-Pound Recluse in The Whale Trailer

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A24 has released the official trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s latest film The Whale, starring Brendan Fraser, in advance of the film’s December release.

In the glimpse of Fraser’s dramatic transformation into a 600-pound, reclusive teacher, Fraser’s character Charlie expresses an astonishingly optimistic view of humanity. While breathing through an oxygen machine, he asks, “Do you ever get the feeling that people are incapable of apathy?” “People are amazing.”

Below is the complete teaser trailer for The Whale.

The Whale, based on the award-winning play by Samuel D. Hunter, centers on Charlie’s desperate attempt to reconnect with his estranged 17-year-old daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink) after leaving his wife and family to live with a gay man who later died. Charlie’s health is rapidly deteriorating as a result of his compulsive eating due to his subsequent grief.

Charlie’s only visitors are his best friend and nurse Liz (Hong Chau), his regular pizza delivery person Dan (Sathya Sridharan), and an evangelist named Thomas who knocks on doors (Ty Simpkins).

Fraser’s performance during the festival run of the Aronofsky-directed drama, which received a 6-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival, has generated Oscar buzz. However, there has been criticism over the decision to have Fraser wear a fat suit instead of casting an obese actor. In response, Aronofsky stated that it was difficult to find an actor who could emotionally pull off the role.

Our review explains how putting Fraser in a fat suit and Aronofsky’s directorial choices negatively affected the film.

“The fat suit detracts from even Fraser’s excellent performance. Not because it restricts his movement and expression, but because the fat suit and the film’s treatment of Charlie’s obesity undermine every genuine moment he brings to the screen.”

The Whale will be released in theatres on December 9.

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