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Brendan Fraser's Portrayal of Gay Man in 'The Whale' Earns Oscar Buzz

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Brendan Fraser may be known for his leading roles in The Mummy and George of the Jungle, but he is now earning some Oscar chatter for his new film The Whale where he plays a 600-pound gay man who has entered a severe bought of depression following the death of his partner.The film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, debuted at the Venice Film Festival.

It’s adapted from a play by Samuel D. Hunter.Audiences reportedly gave the film a six-minute standing ovation, according to CNN.A video posted by Variety's co-editor in chief Ramin Setoodeh showed Fraser's emotional response to the film's reception.

Both the film and the play focus on Charlie, a kind man who has isolated himself after his partner’s death and is eating constantly to deal with the sadness.

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