The actor was body-shamed while at the beach with his children. The images that circulated on social media showed how Brendan Fraser had gained weight.
The star explained what had gotten him to gain so much weight. According to Shared, it’s mainly because of medical reasons that have kept him from being able to exercise like before.
Brendan Fraser, 49, was famous for a string of action-comedy hits throughout the 90s. These included George of the Jungle and The Mummy.
His charm, humor, and good looks helped him land roles in movies like Gods & Monsters and Blast From the Past. Fraser quickly became one of the most popular Hollywood heartthrobs of the 90s.
It appeared as though he would be having leading roles from henceforth. But that was not to be as his next movies didn’t do so well and in the early 2000s he started fading from the spotlight.
In 2013, reports stated that Fraser was financially struggling. It was claimed that he was no longer able to pay the $900,000 in child support and alimony to his ex-wife.
His fans started worrying about the actor's well-being after photos of him looking "unrecognizable" started to spread. In December 2016, he appeared on AOL's Build Series to discuss his role on season 3 of The Affair.
‘I believe I probably was trying too hard, in a way that’s destructive. By the time I did the third Mummy picture in China [in 2008] I was put together with tape and ice — just, like, really nerdy and fetishy about ice packs.’
Brendan Fraser, Shared, March 28, 2018
That interview went viral after viewers noted that the actor appeared to be sad. Recently, multiple websites posted photos of Fraser holidaying in Barbados.
But some of the headlines were aimed at his body instead of the fact that he was enjoying quality time with his children. During a GQ interview, the actor finally addressed the weight gain.
The extreme physical exertion that his acting roles demanded later took a toll on his body. He spent the last 7 years going in and out of hospitals.
Fraser underwent multiple surgeries, including a laminectomy, a procedure to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. He explained that the "lumbar didn't take, so they had to do it again a year later."
The star also had additional back surgeries, a partial knee replacement, a vocal cord repair, and other procedures that rendered him unable to maintain the athletic figure he once had.
Fraser had to deal with a divorce, his mother's death, and sexual harassment by Philip Berk, a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Berk denied the claims.
"His left-hand reaches around grabs my ass cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint. And he starts moving it around," Fraser recalled the incident that occurred in 2003.
He confessed that at the time he’d felt ill and had a ball in his throat. The actor felt like a child and thought he was going to cry.
He became depressed right after and did not want to be seen in public. The star kept the incident a secret from the public after receiving a written apology from the HFPA, but he felt like he had since been blacklisted.
But the star isn’t taking it all lying done as he’s already started to regain control of his life and is on the verge of making a comeback. In addition to his recent role in FX's Trust, he is set to appear in two upcoming films later this year.
He will star in Behind the Curtain of Night and The Field.