Is Brendan Fraser’s Oscar-Win 

Also A Mental Health Success Story? 

As Brendan Fraser wins the best actor Oscar for The Whale, much spotlight is shown on his Hollywood struggle through the years. 

The star has been a vocal mental health advocate, having battled depression and trauma since the 2000s.  

American-Canadian actor Brendan Fraser bagged the award for best actor for The Whale (2022), a movie in which he starred as a morbidly obese, reclusive teacher and estranged father. 

A visibly emotional Fraser closed his “comeback” speech by stating: 

“I started in this business 30 years ago. Things didn’t come easily to me but there was a facility I didn’t appreciate at the time until it stopped.” 



What happened to Brendan Fraser after his blacklisting in Hollywood? 

Fraser’s confession of former HFPA President Philip Berk’s groping him in the summer of 2003 

and the former’s “Hollywood ban” slowed down his promising acting career in the 2000s.   

Coupled with several box-office bombs, multiple life-threatening surgeries, a broken marriage, and a child support payment legal battle, he ended up taking an unwanted career hiatus.

Brendan Fraser's tragedy was compounded by mental health issues like trauma, depression, and low self-esteem. 

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Brendan Fraser's mental health advocacy  

Frazer has criticized his objectified and hypersexualized roles in the wildly successful The Mummy franchise, Bedazzled, and George of the Jungle.

Moreover, at the height of the #MeTooMovement in Hollywood, his confession of his sexual harassment gave impetus to men’s stories of sexual violation. 

For his comeback film The Whale, he had chosen to play a 600-pound homosexual man confined to a wheelchair. And, it successfully draw attention to the difficulties associated with obesity. 

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A triumphant Hollywood return?

By swapping the world of action and adventure for drama, he has successfully overcome his shortcomings that silently plague male actors in Hollywood.

His is indeed a story of hard work, the indomitable human spirit, and the power of courage and  empathy! 

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