Brendan Fraser bags Bafta nomination after piling on 7stone in weight for The Whale

By Betty Cruise January 25, 2023
Brendan Fraser bags Bafta nomination after piling on 7stone in weight for The Whale

Brendan Fraser is back in the game.

Brenda gained a significant amount of weight for the character of Charlie, a guy attempting to get back in touch with his daughter after abandoning his family for his gay boyfriend, and she also wore a 300lb fat suit packed with marbles.

Brendan's character is portrayed as getting progressively fatter after Charlie's boyfriend passes away.

“It’s important to say this because there are those who live with this disease," Brendan added in reference to the debate over his character's weight.

“I felt empowered to be their voice and to be as honest as I could and as authentic as I could in the portrayal. Look, my weight has been all over the map.”

Of the fat suit, he added: “There was a five-point harness that had me strapped in. Once into it, I was in there all day until it came off.

“The costume pieces themselves contained combinations of those little airsoft pellets, maybe dried beans, marbles. But the rule was that the whole look should obey the laws of physics and gravity because we don’t see that in films.”

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