Brendan Fraser defends casting of The Whale after backlash

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Actor Brendan Fraser has defended being cast in The Whale following backlash he received for wearing prosthetics and a fat suit.

In the film, Fraser plays Charlie, a father who is trying to reconnect with his daughter, played by Stranger Things star Sadie Sink, as she mourns the death of her boyfriend, all while battling binge eating disorder.

Defending his casting in the film, Fraser said People That his bulky suit he was a big part of the process and he would “absolutely” do it again for a different role.

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“I think it’s one of the most rigorous ways to create a character and a body,” Fraser explained of his heavy suit.

Referring to past films, Fraser said carefully obeying the laws of physics and gravity when crafting the costume prevented it from being a joke.

“And in this case the mandate that Charlie’s costume abide by the laws of gravity and physics as opposed to the many ways we’ve seen that character portrayed in movies before as a one-note joke, and in a costume that is just unfair.”

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“This is a personal view, but we felt an obligation to make sure it was bulky. It was accurate, that was what we stood for,” he added.

Director Darren Aronofsky previously defended her decision to cast Fraser, saying, “There was a chapter in making this film where we tried to research actors with obesity.

“Besides not being able to find an actor who can get the thrills out of the role, it just becomes a mad chase. For example, if you can’t find a 600-pound actor, it’s a 300-pound actor or a 400-pound actor enough?

“From a health standpoint, it’s prohibitively expensive,” she said. “It’s an impossible role to fill with a real person dealing with these issues.”

The Whale will be released on December 9 in US cinemas. A UK release date has not yet been announced.

Blow ( is a charity that raises awareness and understanding of eating disorders and supports people who suffer from them. Beat now has a one-to-one secure messaging service. Its over-18s helpline is 0808 801 0677, and there is also a dedicated Youthline for under-18s – 0808 801 0711.

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