‘Why Wear a Fat Suit?’

Daniel Francis

Daniel Francis

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Daniel Franzis says he gets overlooked for roles “and other big gay guys” – like the one played by Brendan Fraser the whale.

“I love Brandon Fraser, [so] I’m very controversial,” the mean bastard The actor, 44, tells PEOPLE about Fraser’s role as a gay 600-lb. A lonely writing instructor struggling to reconnect with his teenage daughter (stranger things Star Sadie Sync). “To see him get up so little in Venice and have that moment, I was so happy for him. He’s a lovely man. And that’s great. But why? Why go out there and play a fat 400-lb. Put on a suit. Man?”

Franzese added that “actors like me and my colleagues” would “jump” at the chance to star in a film. the whaleWhich has awards buzz for Fraser’s acclaimed performance.

“To finally have the opportunity to be in a prestigious film that could be award-nominated, where stories are being told about people who look like us? That’s the dream,” continues Franzese. “So when they go from time to time and cast somebody like Brandon Fraser, me and other big queer guys, we’re like, ‘What the…?’ We can’t take it!”

Representatives for Fraser and the film’s director, Darren Aronofsky, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment Monday.

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Brandon Fraser in Whales

Brandon Fraser in Whales

Courtesy of A24 Brandon Fraser Inn the whale (2022)

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Franzese tells PEOPLE that Aronofsky is “a [his] Favorite director,” but says, “I would love to read for it. I mean, who knows more about being a fat queer man than a fat poet man?”

“But I guess you can go ahead and put on a fat suit and do what you have to do and get your Oscar. We’ll just sit here and wait,” says Franzis.

Accordingly RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race Starr, “The biggest problem right now in our industry is that people like me and my colleagues can’t really sell movies overseas if we’re really weird because the world is gay.”

“Even though America is ready for a gay guy in the lead like that, they have a hard time selling the movie overseas, so they get scared,” Franzis says. “But it’s going to take risk-takers and real trailblazers to let us as actors cut our teeth in these roles so that we, too, can have a shot at a full career in Hollywood.”

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Aronofsky, 53, explained Vanity fair In an interview published last month, Fraser gained between 50 and 300 extra pounds during filming, depending on the scene. The film takes place entirely in his character Charlie’s house over a period of less than a week.

“I got used to wearing Charlie’s body very quickly,” Fraser told PEOPLE and EW Video Studios during an interview at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, according to Entertainment Weekly . “I found that, once I took it off, I could still feel the feeling of wearing it, almost like a bum.”

Mom “At the same time, once I’m done with all the applications at the end of the day, I feel a deep sense of respect for the people who live in that body, because I strip it down like clothes and wardrobe and makeup,” Starr added. could. , and their challenge to do so with their bodies is not unexpected.”

The actor, who reportedly worked with the Obesity Action Coalition on research, said that in his experience the whale “Gives me admiration for the incredible courage they have to be on their own to survive, and that it takes an incredibly strong-willed and physically strong individual to live inside a body that That, in Charlie’s case, is hundreds and hundreds of pounds.”

Honoree Brendan Fraser accepts the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance presented by IMDbPro for 'The Whale' on stage at the TIFF Tribute Awards Gala during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on September 11, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario.

Honoree Brendan Fraser accepts the TIFF Tribute Award presented by IMDbPro for ‘The Whale’ on stage at the TIFF Tribute Awards Gala during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on September 11, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario.

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“In my mind, it looked like it belonged in the Tate Modern gallery,” Fraser added of the mold made for him from a digital scan of his body. “It was very shocking to see. I say this because it’s important to respect people who have this anatomy.”

“I’ve learned, almost in a poetic way, that you have to have an incredibly strong will of mind and body to live in a body the size of Charlie, and that’s a compliment I get more and more every day. Much respect,” he said.

the whale Marks Fraser’s first major role since 2013 to breakAccordingly diversity. He had a role in the last year No sudden movesAnd recent TV stints on similar shows doom patrol, matter And confidence. Fraser was expected to play the villain in HBO Max Batgirl It was reported in August ahead of the film that the film had been postponed indefinitely.

Samuel D. Hunter wrote the screenplay based on his play of the same name. The 2012 production debuted Off-Broadway to acclaim The New York TimesAnd it won a Drama Desk Award, a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Drama and a GLAAD Media Award.

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