‘The Whale’ shows the worthy performance of Brendan Fraser


Brendan Fraser’s animated portrayal of an obese, lonely professor comes to life in the first trailer for “The Whale,” which premiered Tuesday.

The new A24 drama, based on the Drama Desk Award-winning screenplay by Samuel D. Hunter, stars Fraser as Charlie, who tries to reconnect with his teenage daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink of “Stranger Things” fame) .

The slow and haunting teaser clip begins with shots of an inhabited apartment, before Fraser’s character is seen looking out the kitchen window at a bird that peered in.

“Do you ever get the feeling that people are incapable of not caring?” he asks in voiceover, as shots of co-star Hong Chau (“Downsizing”) and Sink are seen.

“People are amazing,” says Charlie then, while holding an oxygen tube under his nose.

Fraser, whose film credits have dwindled in recent years after enjoying early action star status thanks to the “Mummy” franchise, received a standing ovation for his turn in “The Whale” at the Venice Film Festival in September.

Video shared on social media of the six-minute standing ovation showed the teary-eyed actor as the audience applauded.

As Variety reported, Fraser donned a prosthetic suit to play Charlie. He told reporters at the Venice festival that the performance, already billed as Oscar-worthy, forced him to “learn to move in a new way.”

“I developed muscles I didn’t know I had,” Fraser said at the time.

“The Whale,” directed by Darren Aronofsky, hits theaters on Dec. 9.

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