Brendan Fraser Returns

Brendan Fraser is back, baby.

The somewhat reclusive “The Mummy” actor — who battled depression and seemingly disappeared from the limelight after a former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president allegedly groped him in 2003 — has several new projects coming up.

Most notable is one in which he’s donning makeup and prosthetics to play a 600-pound man, a part he wants to make sure everyone sees.

The 52-year-old is teaming up with director Darren Aronofsky for their new film, “The Whale,” based on the play by Samuel D. Hunter.

According to the movie’s synopsis, Fraser will play a very overweight, middle-aged man named Charlie as he tries to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter. The two became estranged after Charlie left his family for his gay lover. After his partner’s death, Charlie then turned to binge-eating out of grief.

“It’s gonna be like something you haven’t seen before. That’s really all I can tell you,” the “Bedazzled” star recently told Unilad of the flick, which is set to be released next year.

“I know I’m here to talk about ‘No Sudden Move,’” the enthusiastic Canadian-American actor added about Steven Soderbergh’s new HBO Max ensemble film, in which Fraser also stars. “But … check [‘The Whale’] out when it comes out next year!”

Back in June, Fraser spoke to Newsweek about “The Whale” and what fans can expect. “I’m going to be tight-lipped about it but I can tell you it’s already in the can,” he said.

While his character required him to wear heavy makeup and artificial prosthetics, he revealed that the process was well worth it.

“The wardrobe and costume was extensive, seamless, cumbersome,” Fraser told the outlet. “This is certainly far removed from anything I’ve ever done but not to be coy, I haven’t seen any of it yet but I do know it’s going to make a lasting impression.”

In August, a TikTok video of Fraser went viral in which he had a virtual meet-and-greet with Lindley Key, a cosplayer. She told the “George of the Jungle” actor that many of his fans are still supporting him.

“There are so many people out there who love you,” Key explained to Fraser. “And we’re rooting for you, and we can’t wait to see what you do next.”

Fraser couldn’t help but smile and tip his hat to the affirmation. “Shucks, ma’am,” he gushed at the time.


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