Brendan Fraser’s long-awaited comeback has been a triumphant one, together with his first main main position in years—in Darren Aronofsky’s A24 drama The Whale—incomes him important acclaim and several other award nominations. The actor is hotly anticipated to win a Golden Globe for Greatest Actor within the Movement Image Drama class, however regardless of the final result, he is not going to be current on the ceremony.
Fraser is declining to participate within the Globes because of his historical past with the occasion’s organizing physique, which is linked to the explanation behind his prolonged absence from the general public eye.
In 2003, Fraser accused Philip Berk, then-president of the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation, of sexual assault, alleging that Berk groped him. The allegations have been disputed, and Fraser’s willingness to publicly criticize the sexual misconduct is believed to be the principle issue behind him being blacklisted within the years since.
It “made me retreat,” Fraser informed GQ in 2022, saying that it felt like “one thing had been taken away from me.”
“I knew they might shut ranks,” he mentioned. “I knew they might kick the can down the highway. I knew they might get forward of the story. I knew that I definitely had no future with that system because it was.”
Berk has since been ousted from the HFPA after describing the Black Lives Matter as a “racist hate motion,” and the group has confronted in depth public scrutiny surrounding the ethics of its practices, prompting guarantees to instil reform. However Fraser has acknowledged that he has no intention of ever attending the Golden Globes once more.
“I’ve extra historical past with the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation than I’ve respect for the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation,” he mentioned. “No, I cannot take part… It is due to the historical past that I’ve with them. And my mom did not increase a hypocrite. You possibly can name me loads of issues, however not that.”
“I’d need some gesture of constructing drugs out of poison in some way,” he continued. “I don’t know what that’s. However that will be my hope. Nevertheless it’s not about me.”
Philip Ellis is a contract author and journalist from the UK overlaying popular culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ points. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.