Brendan Fraser draws a standing ovation at TIFF premiere of The Whale – KristenBellTattoos.com

The Toronto International Film Festival, unlike European film festivals, is not known as a place for standing ovations. Once these credits have rolled, they need to move on to the Q&A after the screening, clear the room, and get to the next screening.

But tonight at the Royal Alexandra Theater it was different. WHALE Director Darren Aronofsky and the cast of A24 held a standing ovation for what seemed to be over three minutes (long by TIFF standards) as Brendan Fraser took the stage with tears in his eyes during his second major fall festival reception after Venice, where he sobbed . for six minutes.

Based on the play by Samuel D. Hunter, Fraser plays a reclusive English teacher with a penchant for learning. moby dick, who lives with severe obesity and tries to reunite with his estranged teenage daughter (Sadie Sink), while struggling to stay alive.

Yes, a lot of artificial limbs have been invested in the performance, but also a lot of soul. And that’s what struck Aronofsky when he met with Mommy franchise actor one frosty day in January.

“Finding the right actor at the right time is not a calculation,” says Aronofsky.

“With Brendan, it was just a connection to see him as a person, meet him and get energy from him. It was a deep inner feeling,” said the director.

“Hungry actors are very important because all these roles are difficult,” he continued, “you have to find the right actor at the right time to work hard.”

“I heard that Darren will direct the film,” Frazier said. We talked about this project. There was no script at the time. He told me it was about a person with a burden of regrets who hurts himself by overeating. And he wants to reunite with his daughter and let her know how much he loves her. He has little time. Hey, listen, that’s really all I already knew about it. It’s goals for the game, big obstacles, and stuff that I know Darren would embrace and make an impressive movie out of it.”

Despite all the makeup, Frazier told the crowd to play Charlie, “You had to be an incredibly strong person to be this man. Because at the end of the day I could take the machine off and I was a little dizzy and something about that was with me until we came back and did it the next day.”

“And sometime after we’ve finished the film too, when you put in everything you can and give what you have, like it’s the first and last time you do it again, it might come out something important,” the actor said in front of his voice. split: “I think with your help we can change some hearts and minds.”

A24 will release WHALE 9th December.

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