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27th Jul 2022

Brendan Fraser transforms into 600lb recluse for new film The Whale in returns to Hollywood

Steve Hopkins

Fraser plays a man struggling with his weight and connecting to his daughter in The Whale

Brendan Fraser is returning to the big-screen and he’s barely recognisable.

The nineties heartthrob, who swung from vines as Tarzan in George of the Jungle, has transformed into a 600 pound (272kg) man for The Whale.

Newly released images from the film, show just how far the 53-year-old has transformed to play an obese man.

The film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, sees Fraser play a man living with obesity and “struggling to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter”, Variety reports.

Fraser wore prosthetics in achieve the look, according IndieWire.

The film is an adaption of the 2012 play, The Whale, by Samuel D. Hunter.

It is due to premier at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, but no release date has been confirmed.

In an earlier interview with Unilad, Fraser discussed his role in the film, saying the wardrobe was “cumbersome” but predicting the film would leave a “lasting impression”.

“It’s gonna be like something you haven’t seen before,” Fraser told the publisher. “That’s really all I can tell you…The wardrobe and costume was extensive, seamless, cumbersome. This is certainly far removed from anything I’ve ever done but not to be coy…I do know it’s going to make a lasting impression.”

The film will be Fraser’s first leading role in almost 10 years, following the release of his 2013 direct-to-DVD action film Breakout.

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