Seamlessly transitioning from smart, independent films to action-packed blockbusters, BRENDAN FRASER continues to garner widespread critical acclaim for his versatile, inspired performances and a keen eye for selecting thought-provoking material. With several exciting projects on the horizon, 2022 promises to be a big year for Fraser. Upcoming this year for Brendan includes starring as the lead in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale and in Legendary Pictures’ Brothers alongside Glen Close, Josh Brolin, and Peter Dinklage. He’s also a supporting role in Martin Scorsese’s new Epic Western, Killers Of The Flower Moon. Fraser has been in a string of some of the most successful independent films of the past decade, including Lionsgate’s Academy-award-winning Best Picture Crash, directed by PaulHaggis; Phillip Noyce’s The Quiet American, based on Graham Greene’s 1955 thriller of the same name; and Bill Condon’s Gods and Monsters, opposite Sir Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave.
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US 2022, 117 min, Director: Darren Aronofsky
Hinging on a career-defining performance from Brendan Fraser, The Whale is an emotionally resonant tour de force, by turns funny and devastating. Fraser plays Charlie, a 600-pound online writing teacher and fragile gay man stricken by grief. Confined to his dead-end Idaho apartment, Charlie ticks off his days binging on pizzas as visitors cycle in and out: an enabling caregiver (Hong Chau), a wayward missionary (Ty Simpkins), an angry-as-hell daughter (Sadie Sink), and an alcoholic ex-wife (Samantha Morton). Samuel D. Hunter brilliantly adapts his award-winning 2012 play, plumbing the complex nooks and crannies of religion, loss, sexuality, and literature. Ever sensitive to Fraser’s vulnerable and commanding performance, visionary director Darren Aronofsky (Variety Contenders, MVFF37) proves an ideal match for the material, giving it edge, humor, and unsentimental heft. —Randy Myers