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When "The Whale" Receives a Huge 6-Minute Standing Ovation in Venice, Brendan Fraser Tears Up.

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Author/Atul K Rawat

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If the Venice Film Festival's Sunday night "The Whale" global premiere is any indicator, Brendan Fraser's return to Hollywood will be greeted with a lot of applause and many more tears.

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The actor was struck with emotion as the Darren Aronofsky drama's titles rolled; Fraser played a 600-pound gay guy who was wheelchair-bound in the film.

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The six-minute standing ovation, which Fraser sobbed through, will probably put him in the lead for this year's best actor Oscar.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Nick Kroll, and Huma Abedin, a supporter of Hillary Clinton who was seated a few rows behind Fraser and wept just as much as he did, were among those seen inside the Sala Grande Theatre.

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Several other spectators in the theatre also sobbed aloud during the film's tragic conclusion.

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Throughout the standing ovation, Fraser again hugged Aronofsky. At one point, he attempted to leave the auditorium, but the thunderous applause made him stay longer and take a bow.

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In "The Whale," performed by rising talent Sadie Sink from "Stranger Things," Fraser portrays a guy who is severely obese and battles to maintain a relationship with his 17-year-old daughter.

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Ty Simpkins, Samantha Morton, and Hong Chau are also featured in the supporting cast. Samuel D. Hunter's play of the same name served as the inspiration for the film, which director Darren Aronofsky turned into a feature

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Fraser wore a prosthetic costume to play the movie's main character, adding 50 to 300 pounds depending on the moment.

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To completely embody the part, the actor spent up to six hours every day in the makeup chair.

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