Brendan Fraser breaks down in tears as audience give his movie The Whale standing ovation | The Sun

BRENDAN Fraser broke down in tears after the London Film Festival audience gave his movie The Whale a standing ovation last night.

The actor, 53 – who plays Charlie in the psychological drama film – got very emotional as he embraced the cheers from viewers on stage after the movie had finished.



Brendan received a five minute ovation for the film after it was screened at the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre on Tuesday night.

In a clip videoed by one of the audience members, he can be seen bowing to the crowd, and then shortly joined on stage by director Darren Aronofsky and screenwriter Samuel D. Hunter.

They captioned the post on Twitter: "Am I at Venice? 5 min standing ovation for Brendan Fraser’s masterpiece performance in #TheWhale.

"He had the crowd in the palm of his hand the entire movie. My heart is in my throat. #LFF @a24."

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The Whale is based on Hunter's play of the same name which was brought out in 2012.

It follows the story of a 42st man called Charlie who turns to food out of guilt after choosing his new lover over his family.

The film's official synopsis reads: "A reclusive English teacher suffering from severe obesity attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption."

The film stars Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Samantha Morton, and Ty Simpkins.

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The Whale's world premiere was at the 79th Venice International Film Festival last month – where he received a six minute standing ovation.

It is due to hit screens in the US on December 9. 

Brendan is best known for playing Rick O'Connell in The Mummy trilogy (1999, 2001, 2008), and for his comedy and fantasy films, such as Encino Man (1992), George of the Jungle (1997), Bedazzled (2000), Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) and Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008).

He also starred in numerous dramatic roles, such as Gods and Monsters (1998), The Quiet American (2002) and Crash (2004).


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