Brendan Fraser cries after The Whale receives second standing ovation
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An emotional Brendan Fraser was yet again reduced to tears after The Whale received its second standing ovation.
The Mummy star previously went viral when he cried at the six-minute standing ovation he got at the Venice Film Festival.
More recently, The Whale was screened at a London Film Festival on Tuesday (11 October) and after the film finished, the 53-year-old featured on stage alongside director Darren Aronofsky.
The film itself sees Fraser play a reclusive overweight English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his seventeen-year-old daughter.
Fraser looked overwhelmed by the crowd's reaction as he reportedly received a five-minute standing ovation.
One audience member shared the scenes on social media and wrote: "Am I at Venice? 5 min standing ovation for Brendan Fraser’s masterpiece performance in #TheWhale.
"He had the crowd in the palm of his hand the entire movie. My heart is in my throat."
"He was amazing wasn’t he! Really captivating performance," someone else commented.
Another added: "Best film so far at LFF IMHO. He deserved that standing ovation."
Rotten Tomatoes critics have, so far, scored the film at 71 percent, at the time of writing.
James Mottram wrote for South China Morning Post: "This is a transcendent, triumphant film. Without doubt, the Oscar race has begun and Aronofsky and Fraser are at the head of the queue."
The Playlist's Jack King said: "What The Whale boasts in abundance — in this riveting study of a deeply broken man, suffocated by nine years of self-immolation — is a rare and deep compassion, elevated by Brendan Fraser’s transformative turn."
Robert Ruggio from AwardsWatch said: "The Whale wouldn’t be as effective if it wasn’t for the incredible lead performance given by Brendan Fraser...and I don’t think anyone could have played Charlie the way Fraser did."
The Next Big Picture's Tom O'Brien said: "The fact that Fraser is so good in the role and that Aronofsky is so skilled at shaping the performance combine to make The Whale a uniquely powerful film experience."
However, as expected, not every critic rated the film as highly as others.
Collider's Brian Formo wrote: "It is inorganic, gimmicky, manipulative, and its lessons are simplistic. As a character, Charlie remains mostly a body. He has a kindness to him, but this role is mostly to react to the wants and needs of others."
Meanwhile, TheWrap's Ben Croll thought: "Most of the fatalism comes from a heavy-handed style that sees this closed world as a closed circuit, a place for figurative characters to come and express what they Represent. And then to come back the next day and do it again."
The Whale is set to hit US cinemas on Friday 9 December, 2022.
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