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Brendan Fraser confirms he won’t take part within the Golden Globes subsequent 12 months

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This 12 months has seen the return of beloved actor Brendan Fraser to the highlight, due to his acclaimed efficiency in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale.

The movie, based mostly on the play by Samuel D. Hunter and which premiered in Venice, obtained a six-minute standing ovation on the pageant that diminished the actor to tears.

Fraser performs morbidly overweight man who desperately tries to reconnect along with his daughter. It’s his first main position since 2013 and marks a triumphant comeback for the Mummy trilogy star, which many are dubbing “The Brenaissance.”

And rightly so, since Fraser’s efficiency has been praised to the rafters and reminds audiences to what extent he’s been missed from the large display screen. He’s seen as a transparent frontrunner in relation to the upcoming awards season, with many pundits already betting that the Oscar for Greatest Actor is his to lose.

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Nevertheless, Fraser confirmed to GQ journal that he won’t take part within the Golden Globes if he’s nominated, because of his accusation that Philip Berk, former president and member of the HFPA (Hollywood International Press Affiliation), sexually assaulted him at a 2003 luncheon on the Beverly Hills Resort.

“I’ve extra historical past with the Hollywood International Press Affiliation than I’ve respect for the Hollywood International Press Affiliation,” Fraser mentioned within the interview. 

“No, I cannot take part… It’s due to the historical past that I’ve with them. And my mom didn’t elevate a hypocrite. You possibly can name me numerous issues, however not that.”

Fraser has beforehand detailed his psychological and bodily well being points following the incident, saying that his expertise with Berk “made me retreat” from Hollywood. It additionally made him really feel like “one thing had been taken away from me.”

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Following Fraser’s accusation, the HFPA opened an investigation into the matter, which GQ studies ended with the HFPA proposing Fraser signal a joint assertion that learn: “Though it was concluded that Mr. Berk inappropriately touched Mr. Fraser, the proof helps that it was supposed to be taken as a joke and never as a sexual advance.” 

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Fraser refused to signal, and Berk remained a voting member of the HFPA.

Berk by no means confronted any kind of disciplinary motion from the group, however was ultimately expelled from the HFPA over calling Black Lives Matter a “racist hate motion.”

The welcome comeback and the return nobody requested for

Whereas there’s each cause to have a good time the comeback of Brendan Fraser, there’s one return that we might have finished with out. 

The Golden Globes are again subsequent 12 months on 10 January, after two years of upheaval which began when the Los Angeles Occasions printed a 2021 report that exposed that the HFPA had no Black members. 

It was taken off the air by broadcaster NBC and returned and not using a ceremony this 12 months, with the non-awards handed out throughout a scaled down and non-aired ceremony on the Beverly Hilton.

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Now, nevertheless, NBC has said it’s dedicated to broadcasting the ceremony subsequent 12 months, prompting the query why anybody within the trade would proceed to entertain the HFPA or determine to prop up their already horrible repute as an allegedly corrupt and provenly non-diiverse group of non-influencers who dish out awards to the best bidders.

Fraser added that “in the intervening time” he doesn’t imagine in any of the reforms the HFPA has made within the final 12 months, and his statements can solely be applauded.

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Time will inform whether or not celebrities who boycotted the awards will come crawling again or if the trade will hearken to individuals like Fraser, whose profession might have bypassed a comeback had the systemic abuse inherent to the Hollywood system been tackled head-on.

In the intervening time, right here is the trailer for The Whale:

The Whale comes out in cinemas within the US subsequent month and begins its European theatrical rollout within the first quarter of 2023.

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