“my mother did not raise a hypocrite”

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Fraser revived an episode that affected both his personal and professional life

brendan fraser is the protagonist of one of the most resonant returns of the year. The actor returned to the cinema with a leading role in the Darren Aronofsky film, The Whale, and it already sounds like a strong candidate to win the pre-Oscar awards and even the golden statuette itself. However, in a recent interview with GQ, Fraser said that, if he is nominated for the Golden Globes, he will not attend the delivery and recalled the episode of sexual abuse for which he accused the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Philip Berk.

“I have more history with the association than respect for it,” Fraser said. “ I am not going to participate… It is because of the history that I have with them. My mother did not raise a hypocrite. They can tell me many things, but that’s not.” Likewise, the actor recalled that his experience with Berk led him to withdraw from Hollywood and made him feel as if someone had taken something from himself.

Brendan Fraser accused  to the former president of the association in August 2018

Brendan Fraser accused the former president of the association in August 2018 – Credits: @MARCO BERTORELLO

The Brendan Fraser Indictment

In February 2018, the protagonist of To the devil with the devil He spoke for the first time about the episode, also in dialogue with GQ magazine. The actor claimed that Berk, former president of the HFPA, sexually abused him. According to his testimony, the event occurred in the summer of 2003, at a lunch organized by the association at a hotel in Beverly Hills. In the middle of a crowded room, Berk came over to greet him. “He reached out with his left hand and grabbed one of my buttocks, while he stuck one of his fingers in and started to move it,” Fraser recounted. Berk, for his part, had already mentioned the episode in his autobiographical book With Signs and Wonderclaiming that he had pinched her bottom as a minor joke. The actor asserted that the event was not fun for him and that he was afraid.

“I felt sick. I felt like a little kid. I felt like I had a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry,” she recalled. Fraser shared that after that episode, he returned to his house and told his wife what had happened, but he was afraid to go public with the incident. Then, through his representatives, the actor demanded an apology from the HFPA. Berk, on the other hand, acknowledged to GQ having written him a letter, although he did not take responsibility for the abuse. “It was more of a ‘if I did something that upset Mr. Fraser, it was unintentional and I apologize,’” Fraser added.

Regarding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the entity issued a statement. “The HFPA strongly opposes sexual harassment and the type of behavior described in this article. Over the years, we have maintained a positive working relationship with Brendan, which includes announcing the Golden Globe nominees, attending the ceremony, and participating in press conferences. This report includes alleged information that was previously unknown to the HFPA and we are currently investigating further details about the incident.” Later, the association communicated that they had reached the conclusion that what happened was “a joke” on the part of Berk, who continued as a member of the HFPA .

Brendan Fraser and Sadie Sink at the Toronto Film Festival

Brendan Fraser and Sadie Sink at the Toronto Film Festival – Credits: @Tijana Martin

Following his indictment, Fraser revealed that he was “blacklisted” by the HFPA and that this had consequences for his career. “The phone stopped ringing and I began to wonder why. There are many reasons, but was this one of them? I think so,” he said. Therefore, his leading role in The Whale and the trust that Aronofsky placed in him was more than significant. At the Venice Film Festival, Fraser received a standing ovation of more than seven minutes that moved him to tears.

In the director’s drama the black swanFraser plays Charlie, a lonely English teacher who is morbidly obese and decides to fight to be reunited with his daughter Ellie, a 17-year-old teenager played by the actress of stranger things, Sadie Sink. The leading trio is completed by Samantha Morton, who is part of the cast along with Hong Chau and Ty Simkins.

Regarding the return of the Golden Globes, it was confirmed that NBC will re-broadcast the ceremony after a delivery was held behind closed doors this year due to the unavoidable repercussion of the investigation published in the Los Angeles newspaper. Times. In said article, it was revealed that the association was complicit in corrupt practices and extortionist dealings, which led to a boycott of the awards that historically functioned as the kickoff of the awards season that has the Oscar as the final stop.


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