Brendan Fraser’s sons roast him for his dad jokes

When Brendan Fraser won Best Actor for The Whale, he grabbed the people behind him so quickly and tightly, I thought the mane of red hair belonged to his on-screen daughter Sadie Sink. I learned minutes later it was his son Leland, who attended the ceremony with his brother Holden to see their dad’s win. Brendan also thanked his oldest son Griffin, who was not at the ceremony. Side-note, I also just learned that Griffin is a redhead as well. Rise up, Ginger Nation! (Said as mother to a ginger son.)

Prior to the ceremony, the boys walked the carpet with Brendan and his girlfriend Jeanne Moore. Kevin Fraiser and Nischelle Turner asked them what it was like having The Mummy as a daddy. Holden and Leland said Brendan’s jokes were as bad as mine. Gen X ‘rents, amirite?

The 95th Academy Awards is a family affair for Best Actor nominee Brendan Fraser, who is celebrating Hollywood’s biggest night with his girlfriend, Jeanne Moore, and two children, Holden and Leland Fraser. All four caught up with ET’s Kevin Fraiser and Nischelle Turner on the champagne-colored carpet, where Fraser’s kids shared their father’s best — err, worst — dad jokes.

“At the end of a conversation, we’ll say, ‘Oh yeah, right.’ And he’ll say, ‘Left,'” Holden offered, while Leland said, “I think my personal favorite has always been when we’re kids and I’d say, I don’t like broccoli,’ and he’d say, ‘Broccoli loves you.'”

While Holden quipped that his “dad jokes still don’t hit,” he admitted that his father’s “pretty cool; I’ll give him that he’s pretty cool.”

“I mean, he’s our old man and he’s always been cool. But we’re always gonna rag on him at least a little,” Leland added.

[From ET]

“When we’re kids and I’d say, I don’t like broccoli,’ and he’d say, ‘Broccoli loves you.'” Hand to Whoever, when I was a kid, I would say ‘I don’t like so-and-so,’ my dad would reply with, ‘So-and-so speaks quite highly of you.’ And my father is 32 years older than Brendan. Seriously, do dads receive some kind of handbook in the delivery room we don’t know about? The thing is, I totally buy Brendan Fraser, Dad Joke Guy. He looks the part. And those are crap jokes, Leland and Holden are right to hold his feet to the fire about them.

But what I’m hearing and what we saw on Sunday was a lot of joy from Brendan and his family. And that’s a beautiful thing, given the road he was forced to till to get there. As I have said before, I wish it had been another film that put Brendan’s career back in the spotlight, but at least he is back. And now he’s Academy Award winner Brendan Fraser and will hopefully get the work he deserves.

Can we love Ke Huy Quan any more?
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  1. BW says:

    I love everything about this story. The bad jokes (I also hate broccoli and now I’ll always think of Brendan’s joke). But my favorite is the group photo with the Ke Huy Quan photobomb.

    • Danbury says:

      that photo is adorable

    • Anita says:

      This photo made me laugh! Leland all serious, with his smothering look, and Quan from behind, overjoyed and happy with Oscar. I love it!!!

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        His sons are fine young men and given the way Leland is posing for all his worth, I think that one is angling for a HW career or at least a modelling gig.

  2. Moderatelywealthy says:

    Not me enjoying the sight of Brendan Fraser and his hot sons.

    man, what a good looking family!

  3. Jais says:

    Very cute. Broccoli loves you🥦❤️😂

  4. Frippery says:

    I had no idea that Brendan was Jerry Gergich-ing his personal life but it’s so heartwarming. I love this.

  5. Sue E Generis says:

    I love Brendan Fraser and I’m so happy to see him get his mojo back. But, I thought The Whale was horrific, dehumanizing and fat phobic to an insane degree. I couldn’t get through it. It was so awful.

  6. Mia4s says:

    Well I thought those jokes were pretty funny! 😂

    They seem like lovely kids, and he always speaks so lovingly of his oldest (for those that don’t know, his other son is autistic). Really hoping he has some great work to come.

    (I do love though that the next time we see him on screen will be opposite DiCaprio in Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon. Good follow up!)