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A Rapturous Seven-Minute Ovation Greets Darren Aronofsky’s ‘The Whale’

The actor Brendan Fraser was surprised to receive a warm welcome back to the screen in Venice on Sunday.

Fraser, a former leading Hollywood actor who disappeared from the big screen, is being hailed as a career comeback in Darren Aronofsky’s A24 drama The Whale, which has already been hailed as the festival’s must-see movie. The Whale received overwhelmingly positive reviews after its initial press screening held on Saturday.

At the international premiere on the Lido, the audience was enthusiastic and gave the movie a loud standing ovation that lasted seven long minutes.

Fraser was disturbed and shocked by the response, and he gave multiple bows while fighting back tears. Steve Buscemi, who was seated a few rows back, exchanged hugs and chatted while posing for pictures and signing autographs.

Reportedly, The Whale is a stage adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s drama where Fraser, a 600-pound recluse, is looking for forgiveness. His friends are trying to assist him while simultaneously taking advantage of his well-behaved nature. Sadie Sink and Hong Chau are also featured in the drama.

Fraser stated he was trying to be in the moment when asked if The Whale could be a return to the big screen during the movie’s press conference held previously that day. Fraser was popular during the late 1990s and early 2000s for huge films including George of the Jungle, The Mummy franchise, and more dramatic works like Crash.

This movie will have a profound impact on everyone, just as it did on me, Fraser concludes. He added that his figure had a specific resonance in today’s turbulent and decisive world and was a light in an enclosed dark area.

Before its North American release on 9 December, The Whale will travel to the Toronto International Film Festival.

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