BRENDAN FRASER, A FAVORITE TO WIN AWARDS FOR THE WHALE, has vowed not to attend the Golden Globes, even if he’s nominated.
The resurgent leading man, BRENDAN FRASER, who is favored to garner honors this awards season for his work in The Whale, has vowed not to attend the Golden Globes, even in the event that he is nominated for an award in that category.
Fraser’s accusations that he was groped by Philip Berk, who was serving as president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the time, date back to 2003. As a result, the actor has “retreated” from the public eye over the past two decades, which is one reason why he has appeared on the big screen so infrequently. In his own words, Fraser has “retreated” (the HFPA is the voting body for the Golden Globes).
When asked by GQ whether he planned to attend the Golden Globes, Fraser said, “I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.” “No, I’m not going to be a part of it… The reason for this is the history that I have with those people. And neither was I brought up to be a hypocrite by my mother. You are welcome to call me a variety of names, but not that!
After conducting an investigation in 2018, the Human Factors and Performance Association (HFPA) came to the conclusion that even though Berk inappropriately touched Mr. Fraser, “the evidence supports that it was intended to be taken as a joke and not as a sexual advance.” This conclusion was reached after Fraser made his accusation against Berk public in 2018. According to Variety’s report, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association didn’t dismiss Berk completely until 2021, when he made comments disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement. This was despite the fact that the voting body wouldn’t have any black members until 2021.
Fraser said he’d need to see the HFPA’s adjustments in action before attending another awards presentation.
Despite the fact that the HFPA has severed ties with Berk and implemented major, more inclusive reforms to the organization, Fraser said that he would need to see those changes in effect before ever returning to the awards presentation.
In response to a hypothetical question posed by GQ, Fraser said that “according to the rules of engagement, it would be my obligation to have a look at it and make a decision at that time, if that were the circumstance.” “And it would have to be, I don’t know, what the term is that I’m trying to find… sincere?” I would like some kind of symbolic representation of the transformation of the poison into medicine. I am not familiar with the term. But if it were up to me, I’d do it. However, this is not about me.”
Fraser, who has already won the Tribute Award at the Toronto International Film Festival for his role in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale, which will be released on December 9, is also among the frontrunners to receive a nomination for Best Actor at the 2023 Academy Awards. The whale is scheduled to be released.