Brendan Fraser has gotten a lot of award buzz for his role in “The Whale,” which comes out next month. In a new interview, he said he doesn’t plan to go to the next Golden Globes ceremony because of his “history” with the organisation.
“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I do respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “No, I won’t take part,” the actor told GQ in an interview on Wednesday.
Fraser seems to be talking about the actor’s claims against Philip Berk, the former president of the HFPA, that he touched him at an event in 2003. The actor made these claims in 2018.
Fraser told GQ, “My mother didn’t raise me to be a hypocrite. You can call me many things, but not that.”
In a different GQ profile from 2018, Fraser talked about the time he met Berk at a luncheon hosted by the group at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Fraser said that Berk grabbed his rear end and touched him through his pants in the area between his genitalia and anus.
“I felt ill. Fraser said, “I felt like a little kid.” “My throat felt like it had a ball in it. I was afraid I would cry.”
Berk denied that he had done anything wrong, but he did admit that he had pinched Fraser’s buttock at the event in question. However, in an interview with GQ, he said he had only done it in jest.
After Fraser’s claims, the HFPA put out a statement saying that it was “looking into more details about the incident” and that it “strongly opposes sexual harassment.”
Fraser told GQ this week that behind the scenes, the organisation came back to him and suggested putting out a joint statement that said, “It was decided that Mr Berk touched Mr Fraser inappropriately, but the evidence shows that it was meant as a joke and not as a sexual advance.”
Fraser says he didn’t want to be a part of the supposed joint statement.
CNN has asked the HFPA and Berk what they think about it.
Fraser told GQ, “I knew they would stick together.” “I knew they would put the problem off until later. I knew they would miss the point. I knew that with that system as it was, I had no future.”
Fraser said, “I think it was too prickly, sharp, or icky for people to want to go first and invest emotionally in the situation.”
Fraser said terrible things about Berk, but he stayed an active member of the HFPA until last year when he was kicked out for sending an article to other HFPA members that called Black Lives Matter a “racist hate movement.”
The Golden Globes have been seen as a warm-up to the Oscars for a long time. Last year, the Los Angeles Times reported that the association had no Black members who could vote.
Even though the group tried to deal with the scandal and other ethical concerns, NBC cut ties with the group until it could show that it was making “meaningful reform.”
The Golden Globes of 2022 were not shown on TV. In September, NBC said that the show would return in 2023, citing the “commitment to ongoing change” of the HFPA.
Fraser was doubtful when asked if he thought any of the HFPA’s announced reforms would lead to real progress.
“Not at the moment. Maybe only time will tell if they’ll… He told GQ this week, “I don’t know what they’re going to do.” “I’m not sure.”
Fraser is sure to get an Oscar nomination for best actor after getting a lot of good feedback at film festivals.
Fraser plays a fat, reclusive teacher in “The Whale” who tries to get back in touch with his estranged teenage daughter Ellie, played by Sadie Sink from “Stranger Things.”
The movie, which Darren Aronofsky is in charge of, comes out in theatres on December 9.
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