Brendan Fraser’s critically acclaimed new film “The Whale” has been hailed as the actor’s return after a long hiatus from starring roles on the big screen.
However, the 53-year-old “Mommy” star’s haunting transformation — he wore a fat suit to play the sad 600-pound man — is also causing some backlash.
Film critic Katie Rife is going viral for giving advice to plus-size audiences — and those of thin frames — No Darren Aronofsky to watch the film, which opened to tear-jerking applause at its Venice Film Festival premiere.
“I can’t in good conscience recommend that fat people watch ‘The Whale’,” Rife tweeted on Monday. “I cannot recommend that thin people watch this, as it reinforces the notion that fat people are objects of pity who have brought their suffering on themselves through a lack of coping skills.”
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pervasive went oncautioning moviegoers with eating disorders: “Large red flags for ED and fatphobia; main character endures over an hour of brutal verbal abuse, and later attempts to commit suicide by food I have dealt with bulimia and binge eating disorder for years, and found it incredibly triggering.
He too Claimed “The really fat people weren’t involved in the production,” because there’s a point in the plot where “the hero is dying, but refuses to go to the hospital, even though he has money to pay the bills.”
“The film treats it as a combination of selflessness and suicide, never considering the obvious reason why a 650lb person avoids doctors: it’s called medical fatphobia you pr– ks,” ref. it is said. angry. “And yes, Brendan Frazier is very Good,
Fraser’s performance was lauded, even receiving a standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month and earning her the TIFF Tribute Award.
Although some critics enjoyed the film, Variety noted that it “has a captivating character at its center, it’s equal parts honesty and spades.” The Hollywood Reporter described the screenplay as “grace and compassion”.
However, Twitter users weren’t too excited to see the film see how it portrays the bigwigs.
“If you’re skinny or petite and you go to ‘The Whale’ watching, I hope you think about the damage done to super fat people like me, and to portray people like me as sad figures. think about the damage done by, “a spectator Told,
“It looks like a horrible movie all around that encourages fatphobia,” another person said. noted,
“If you think ‘The Whale’ is going to piss you off Boy Howdy, is it worse than you expected,” one user Explained, “The reason it’s a thick suit is that any writer or director would be embarrassed to shape a real person through that plot.”