An honor to be nominated? Brendan Fraser skipped the 2023 Golden Globes on Tuesday, January 10, after accusing former HFPA president Philip Berk of assault.
Fraser, 54, was nominated for Finest Actor in a Movement Image – Drama for his efficiency in The Whale, marking the primary Golden Globe nod of his profession. Nevertheless, the Indiana native instructed GQ forward of the awards present that he wouldn’t attend if invited. (The trophy went to Elvis star Austin Butler.)
“I’ve extra historical past with the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation than I’ve respect for the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation,” Fraser mentioned in November 2022, one month earlier than nominations have been introduced. “No, I cannot take part.”
He continued: “It’s due to the historical past that I’ve with them. And my mom didn’t increase a hypocrite. You possibly can name me a number of issues, however not that.”
Throughout a 2018 interview with the identical publication, Fraser alleged that he was groped by Berk, now 89, at a 2003 luncheon on the Beverly Hills Resort in California. “I felt unwell. I felt like just a little child. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I believed I used to be going to cry,” the Mummy actor claimed. “I felt like somebody had thrown invisible paint on me.”
Fraser confessed that he didn’t have “the braveness to talk up” after the alleged incident occurred “for threat of humiliation or injury to my profession.” He added: “I didn’t need to deal with how that made me really feel, or it turning into a part of my narrative.”
Berk, a longtime member of the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation, denied Fraser’s accusations, arguing in an e mail to GQ that they have been “a complete fabrication.”
Whereas reflecting on the expertise 15 years later, the George of the Jungle actor mentioned he started responsible himself for what occurred — and even puzzled whether or not he had been blacklisted by the HFPA. “I grew to become depressed. … I used to be depressing — as a result of I used to be saying, ‘That is nothing; this man reached round and he copped a really feel,’” he recalled. “[It] made me retreat. It made me really feel reclusive.”
Berk served eight phrases as HFPA president and was a member of the group for 44 years. In April 2021, he was expelled after emailing an article to fellow members describing Black Lives Matter as a “racist hate motion,” per The Hollywood Reporter.
The HFPA was already in scorching water following a February 2021 Los Angeles Instances exposé detailing alleged misconduct and variety points. Based on the investigation’s findings on the time, the voting physique didn’t have any Black members. The group went on to rent a variety specialist, however the 2022 Golden Globes weren’t televised amid the controversy. (NBC confirmed in September 2022 that the 2023 awards present would return to the air with a one-year deal.)
Regardless of his ups and downs with the trade insiders, Fraser’s flip in The Whale has helped him make a Hollywood comeback. The December 2022 drama was directed by Darren Aronofsky and in addition stars Stranger Issues actress Sadie Sink.
The A24 movie follows Charlie (Fraser), a morbidly overweight and reclusive English professor who makes an attempt to reconnect together with his estranged daughter (Sink) after eight years aside. Whereas some critics have praised Fraser’s efficiency — he gained a major quantity of weight to play Charlie and wore a fats swimsuit — others have argued that the film stigmatizes weight problems.