'Rooting for all your success brother': Dwayne Johnson extends support to Brendan Fraser for his movie 'The Whale'
Following Brendan Fraser's sensational standing ovation at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson posted a message of support for the actor on social media. On Sunday, September 4, Johnson posted a message on Twitter expressing his gratitude to Fraser for helping him land his first acting job in 2001's 'The Mummy Returns' and for the positive early reviews of his upcoming movie 'The Whale'.
Johnson wrote, "Man this makes me so happy to see this beautiful ovation for Brendan. He supported me coming into his Mummy Returns franchise for my first-ever role, which kicked off my Hollywood career. Rooting for all your success brother and congrats to my bud Darren Aronofsky. #TheWhale 👏🏾" In the movie 'The Whale', Fraser plays Charlie, a 600-pound guy who has abandoned his family for years and is now trying to get back in touch with his daughter, who is being portrayed by rising 'Stranger Things' star Sadie Sink.
Ty Simpkins, Samantha Morton, and Hong Chau also appear in the movie alongside Fraser and Sink. Samuel D Hunter, who also authored the play on which the feature film is based, penned the script that Darren Aronofsky directed. Fraser said of his involvement last summer, "This is certainly far removed from anything I've ever done but not to be coy, I haven't seen any of it yet but I do know it's going to make a lasting impression.”
Man this makes me so happy to see this beautiful ovation for Brendan. He supported me coming into his Mummy Returns franchise for my first ever role, which kicked off my Hollywood career. Rooting for all your success brother and congrats to my bud Darren Aronofsky. #TheWhale 👏🏾 https://t.co/SNBLPHHmEZ— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 4, 2022
Fraser told members of the media in attendance at Venice via Variety, "I developed muscles I did not know I had. I even felt a sense of vertigo at the end of the day when all the appliances were removed; it was like stepping off the dock onto a boat in Venice. That [sense of] undulating. It gave me an appreciation for those whose bodies are similar. You need to be an incredibly strong person, mentally and physically, to inhabit that physical being. The torso piece was almost like a strait jacket with sleeves that went on, airbrushed by hand, to look identical as would human skin, right down to the hand-punched hair."
Both Johnson and Fraser have recently been associated with the DC world thanks to Fraser's role as Garfield Lynns/Firefly in the HBO Max film 'Batgirl', which Warner Bros controversially decided to scrap last month. With the release of Black Adam this fall, Johnson will finally make his franchise debut. 'The Whale' is presently scheduled to be released on December 9th in the US.