Hello, here comes a movie star. With a nice feel-good place on board.
Did you know at first glance that WHO was here at the 79th Venice Film Festival to celebrate the premiere of his new film The Whale?
This is “The Mummy” star Brendan Fraser (53).
In the late ’90s, the American-Canadian actor fought his way through his film adventures, while still being slim and thin. Was it only the act of eating afterwards?
It’s not quite the same, because: in preparation for his new film, “The Whale” (in German: “Der Waal”), Fraser hauls a fine shovel of weight. In the play by director Darren Aronofsky (53, “Black Swan”), he plays a monk weighing about 300 kilos.
“This might be the first and last time I do something like this, so I gave it my all,” said Fraser in Vanity Fair interview about his role.
He plays the overweight Charlie, who abandons his family after moving out to build a new life with a man. But then his great love dies, Charlie falls into a compulsive food addiction and spends most of the day on the couch. But he has one big wish: He wants to move closer to his 17-year-old daughter (played by “Stranger Things” star Sadie Sink) in hopes that she’ll get one last chance.
In addition to the pounds he fed, a thick suit in particular helped make the 53-year-old look really fat in the movie drama.
Depending on the scene, the actor, about 1.90 meters tall, wore prostheses weighing between 25 and 150 kg, spending hours in makeup every day to become heavyweight Charlie.
“I had to learn to walk in a whole new way,” Fraser said in Venice on Sunday. “I developed muscles I didn’t know I had.” When he took off his fat suit in the evening after a day’s shoot, he felt dizzy.
However, what was really cute was how Brendan Fraser always quickly sucked his stomach as he stood in front of a camera in Venice. That’s probably a bit pointless…
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