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After stepping away from the Hollywood spotlight for years, Brendan Fraser made a rare public appearance to promote his new film at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Fraser, known for his work in The Mummy trilogy and George of the Jungle stepped out onto the red carpet for the premiere of No Sudden Move, a thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Don Cheadle, Jon Hamm and David Harbour coming out on HBO Max on 1 July.
The 52-year-old’s appearance comes after the reveal that he will star as a 270kg recluse in Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming film The Whale, adapted from Samuel D. Hunter’s play of the same name.
In the film, Fraser plays Charlie, who lives alone in a Mormon area and tries to reconnect with his teenage daughter who became estranged when he came out as gay. His grief for losing his partner triggers him into a compulsive eating disorder.
Fraser was undoubtedly a heartthrob action star of the ’90s and mid-2000s, which seemed like the peak of his career before he disappeared from the public.
According to Vogue, in 2003, he said, he had been groped by a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the group that hosts the Golden Globes. After an internal investigation, the HFPA concluded that the incident of sexual harassment by former HFPA president Philip Berk “was intended to be taken as a joke and not as a sexual advance.” In 2018, Fraser claimed he was “blacklisted” by Hollywood.
He was outspoken about his weight gain, the toll his career had on him that led to going in-and-out of the hospital for seven years for multiple surgeries including a partial knee replacement, vocal cord repair work and a lumber laminectomy – the surgical removal of a bony area in the spine – that caused his weight gain.
While we didn’t get to see much of him on the big screen in recent years, Fraser worked on television shows such as The Affair (2016 – 2017) and DC’s superhero series Doom Patrol (2019 – present).