A24 stunned audiences at the end of July when it debuted at first sight Brendan Fraser in Darren Aronofsky’s Whale. The TV series, adapted from Samuel D. Hunter’s play of the same name, featured Fraser wearing a 136 kg prosthetic leg to play the role. a man struggling with severe obesity.
A new report on the film published by Vanity Fair confirmed that Fraser’s prosthetic was created by Adrien Morot, who worked with the director on Noah and everyone worked Avenger and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Morot used digital sculpture and a 3D printer to make Fraser’s prosthetic for Whale.
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“I’ve seen other bodysuits that have been used in comedies over the years, often as a joke on a whim,” says Fraser. Vanity Fair about the suit. “Intended or not, the joke is, it defies gravity. This isn’t that.”
Fraser called the prosthetic “beautiful and eye-catching,” but wearing it on set every day of filming was a different story. The actor said he transformed into Whale the character is “bulky, not really comfortable”, adding, “The torso is almost like a straight coat with sleeves, hand-combed, looks exactly like human skin, down to the hand-punched hair. .”
According to the report of Vanity Fair: “Fraser carries an extra 50 to 300 pounds [22 to 136 kilos] during filming, according to Aronofsky, depending on the content of the scene; Furthermore, Charlie has very limited mobility. (Several people were always on standby to assist Fraser to his feet, to sit him down, and to carry him down the roughly 70 steps between the studio and the dressing room.)
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“At the start of production, Fraser would spend five to six hours in the makeup chair, every day, to be Charlie; at the end, they count those hours down to two to three.”
Fraser worked with the Anti-Obesity Action Coalition to prepare for “The Whale,” and he also consulted with people who had undergone bariatric surgeries. “I quickly learned that it takes an incredibly strong person inside that body to be that person,” the actor said. “That seems appropriate and poetic and realistic to me, all at the same time.”
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Join Fraser in Whale is a cast that includes Strange things favorite Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Samantha Morton and Ty Simpkins. Aronofsky is once again joined by longtime cinematographer Matthew Libatique. The film is having its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will hit theaters in December.
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