Brendan Fraser is in a Scorsese film and is ‘being picky’ about other projects

Since Oscar campaigning is over and Brendan Fraser has secured his Best Actor trophy, he can enjoy his success. I don’t think jockeying for an award is ever fun, but I imagine Brendan’s was particularly fraught. Yes, fans lavished love upon him in welcoming his return. But he was also made to relive his sexual assault trauma throughout the campaign trail. And while people praised his performance in The Whale, the film and his fat suit that got him there were contentious. Now that he doesn’t have to defend anything, he can just revel in being back and celebrated. And relax, which it sounds like he is. This includes taking his sweet time to find his next role. While speaking with Hannah Storm at the Greenwich International Film Festival, Brendan said he doesn’t have a film lined up yet, adding that he’s “being picky” with his roles.

Brendan Fraser is taking his time choosing his next move.

More than one month after Fraser, 54, won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Whale at the 95th Oscars, the actor noted that he has not yet set plans for his follow-up role during a conversation with broadcast journalist Hannah Storm at the Greenwich International Film Festival’s inaugural Inspiration Talk and award ceremony in Stamford, Conn. Thursday.

“I read the trades the other day. Apparently, I’m going to have to pick up a picket sign,” the actor said, joking in reference to the Writers Guild of America strike enacted on Tuesday, when Storm asked what his plans for future movies look like. “It might be a long summer.”

“At the moment, I don’t have anything — I’m really being picky right now,” he told the audience, noting that he does have a role in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming crime drama Killers of the Flower Moon, which will receive a world premiere at the 76th Cannes Film Festival this month.

[From People]

Brendan has every right to be picky: he’s proven himself as an actor, was forced to step back from his career for all the wrong reasons, he found his way back and he walked his victory lap with grace. Some outlets are trying to bend this to look like he’s saying he’s changed because he’s an Oscar winner. Eh, I think the next film after an Oscar win does matter. To Brendan’s point, it is also one of the few times an actor has the luxury of being this selective as well, so he should take advantage of that. In Hollywood, fame is feast or famine. And, like he said, there’s a writer’s strike, so he’ll have even more time to shop around since there will be delays across the board #standwithWGA. But what I don’t think Brendan Fraser is saying is that he is too important for a role. He’s grateful to have the opportunity to be able to be picky again.

Fortunately for Brendan, his next project coming out is a Scorsese film, Killers of the Flower Moon. That helps. He spent a lot of his talk in Greenwich discussing how excited he was about it. And about how hot it was filming in Oklahoma. But he said the big ensemble cast was happy to endure it because of Scorsese. That’s probably true for most of the cast, Robert DeNiro’s in this thing and he was probably cranky, thinking I already know all Marty’s tricks – get me an A/C! Brendan apparently has a very small part in the film, but he’s thrilled to be a part of it just the same. He likened the experience to being, “in a Renaissance master’s studio.”

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  1. HeyKay says:

    I like him. I’m glad he is working with Scorsese.
    I hope he is getting paid good money too.
    The Oscar is lovely, the respect is earned.

    I look forward to some good movies for adults coming soon.
    Need some quality, not just kids flicks in theaters.

  2. LaurenAPMT says:

    After making some poor choices on roles in the first part of his career, I’m sure he’s being very careful as to what he’s signing up for this go around. He seems like a genuinely nice person, and I hope he has a lot of success in his career renaissance.

  3. Kate says:

    He can certainly afford to be picky.

  4. L84Tea says:

    Good for him. He’s earned it to not have to play the Dudley Do-Right roles anymore.

  5. TIFFANY says:

    I wouldn’t be upset if he comes back to The Mummy franchise in some capacity. His time a Rick the adventurer had passes, but not as a mentor.

    • SarahCS says:

      I would absolutely love that. Get their son in on the game and having world saving adventures with Brendan and RW doing a bit in the background. Epic.

  6. tealily says:

    Good for him!