Brendan Fraser is the protagonist of one of the most resounding returns of the year. The actor returned to film with a starring role in Darren Aronofsky’s film, The whale, and it already looks like a strong contender to win the pre-Oscar awards and even the golden statuette itself. However, in a recent interview with GQ, Fraser said if he’s nominated for Golden Globes he won’t attend the birth and recalled episode of sexual abuse he blamed on former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Philip Berk.
“I have more history with the association than respect for it,” Fraser said. “I’m not going to participate… It’s because of the history I have with them. My mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. They can tell me a lot of things, but they don’t.” Similarly, the actor recalled that his experience with Berk caused him to retire from Hollywood and made him feel like someone someone had taken something from him.
Brendan Fraser’s indictment
In February 2018, the protagonist of To hell with the devil He spoke for the first time about the episode, also in dialogue with GQ magazine. The actor claimed that Berk, the former president of the HFPA, sexually assaulted him. According to his testimony, the event occurred in the summer of 2003, during a luncheon organized by the association in a hotel in Beverly Hills. In the middle of a crowded room, Berk came 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 wiggling it,” Fraser said. Berk, for his part, had already mentioned the episode in his autobiographical book With signs and wondersclaiming he pinched her ass as a little joke. The actor claimed the event was not fun for him and he was scared.
“I got sick. I felt like a little child. I felt like I had a lump in my throat. I thought I was going to cry,” he recalls. Fraser shared that after said episode, he went home and told his wife what happened, but was afraid to go public with the incident. Then, through his reps, the actor demanded an apology from the HFPA. Berk, on the other hand, admitted to GQ that he wrote her 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 released 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, including announcing the Golden Globes 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 of the incident.” Later, the association said it had come to the conclusion that what happened past was “a joke” on the part of Berk, who continued as a member of the HFPA.
Following his indictment, Fraser revealed that he was “blacklisted” by the HFPA and it had career implications. “The phone stopped ringing and I started wondering why. There are many reasons, but was she one? I think so,” he said. The whale and the trust that Aronofsky placed in him was more than important. At the Venice Film Festival, Fraser received a standing ovation lasting over seven minutes that moved him to tears.
In the director’s drama the black swanFraser plays Charlie, a lonely, morbidly obese English teacher who decides to fight to find 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 with Hong Chau and Ty Simkins.
Regarding the return of the Golden Globes, it has been confirmed that NBC will rebroadcast the ceremony after a delivery took place behind closed doors this year due to the inevitable fallout from the investigation published in the Los Angeles Times newspaper. In said article, it was revealed that the association was complicit in corrupt practices and extortionate transactions, which led to an awards boycott that historically functioned as the kickoff of awards season that has the Oscar as the last step.