by Darren Aronofsky The whale may be one of the most anticipated movies of the year, but there are those who aren’t so thrilled with its release. Directed by Aronofsky, the film follows Brendan Fraser as a 600-pound gay man hoping to reconnect with his daughter (Sadie Sink) years after abandoning his family. For Fraser to play the role effectively, the use of a “suit” was necessary, which Fraser says gives him a better understanding of the daily lives of people with this body type.
The whale may have earned Fraser a standing ovation with his premiere, but for the actor and comedian Guy Branumwho appears in the new movie Brothers, the film is “problematic”. To begin with, Branum feels the problems with The whale go all the way to his conception, unhappy with the pain he feels because “a real fat gay” shouldn’t be dramatized by the filmmakers. As Branum tells PRIDE:
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“I think the source material for The Whale is problematic. I think he’s trying to use extreme obesity as a metaphor for gay pain. And as a fat gay man, I feel like my life doesn’t need to be a metaphor for someone else’s pain. »
Branum also takes issue with Fraser’s casting in the lead role, suggesting that the choice of the George of the Jungle star on an obese gay actor takes away from the authenticity of the film.
“I also have real issues with the fact that they’re casting a straight actor who’s not very fat, and [who] used prostheses to represent fat, in the film. I think it allows people to talk about this character as an object in a way that wouldn’t be possible if it was a real fat person that you had to look in the eye.
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Others criticized Brendan Fraser’s casting
Recently, mean girls and Looking at actor Daniel Franzese also spoke about the casting of Brendan Fraser in The whale. Franzese was a bit more king when talking about Fraser, making it clear that he had great respect for the actor and was happy to see him earning praise for his role in the film. At the same time, Franzese couldn’t help but feel offended that he didn’t get the chance to read for a role like that, feeling that he might have connected better with him. Franzese told People:
“I love Brendan Fraser, [so] I’m very conflicted… He’s a lovely man. And that’s great. But why? Why get up there and wear a big suit to play a 400-pounder. weird man? Finally have a chance to be in a prestigious film that could be nominated, where we tell stories about people who look like us? This is the dream. So when they come back again and again and throw in somebody like Brendan Fraser and me and the other big queer guys, we’re like, ‘What the…?’ We can’t take it! I would have loved to read for that. I mean, who knows more about being an obese homosexual than an obese homosexual? »
Casting Fraser was not a decision Darren Aronofsky took lightly. He had actually spent a decade considering different possibilities for the role, but no matter which Hollywood star he looked at, no one seemed to click. As Aronofsky told Variety, he was sold on Fraser when he surprised the actor in a Brazilian movie trailer, and from there the cast fell into place.
“I considered everyone – all different types of actors, every movie star on the planet. But none of them ever really clicked. It just didn’t wow me or appeal to me. A few years ago I saw the trailer for a Brazilian movie, a low budget movie [movie], and I saw Brendan in the trailer and a light bulb went on. I hadn’t seen Gods and Monsters or George of the Jungle. Seeing him in there, it just clicked. I asked Brendan to come meet me…it just kept clicking.
You won’t see Guy Branum in The whalealthough you can catch Brendan Fraser in this film when it hits theaters on December 9, 2022. As for where you can see Branum, he can currently be seen on the big screen in Brothersis now playing in theaters everywhere.