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Brendan Fraser says it was 'scary' when he had to be fully naked early in his Hollywood career

Charisa Bossinakis

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Brendan Fraser says it was 'scary' when he had to be fully naked early in his Hollywood career

Brendan Fraser reveals he was ‘scared’ to be fully nude on camera.

During an interview with The Howard Stern Show, the actor revealed how terrified he was while shooting his third film project, School Ties.

Not only because he was relatively new to Hollywood, but the role also required him to get his kit off.

Fraser recalled how ‘scary’ it felt on set.

Credit: Paramount Pictures
Credit: Paramount Pictures

He said: "When you're an actor, and you're starting off, you're ambitious and game for pretty much anything. They say jump, you say how high?"

But thankfully, his cast mates were there to help.

Fraser laughed at how his co-star Chris O’Donnell kicked out a set photographer hiding in the bathroom stall. That sounds like an HR complaint waiting to happen.


He said O’Donnell told the photographer: "'Yeah, Peter, you can go, thank you. You really don't need to be there, do you?'"

Fraser was at least happy that the nakedness had a point to it.

"I appreciated that this isn't really for wow or a scintillating factor of going, 'Hey, look at that. Naked people', he said.

"The point of it was that when Damon's character says what he says about David, he just reveals who he is.


"His anti-Semitism and his prejudice is stripped down naked and it's ugly.

"And the door is locked and they fight over it like shaved apes that need to be pulled apart because they've run out of things to say to one another, and it just turns into an ugly knuckle-dusting fit."

But Fraser is far from his early days as a fresh-faced actor breaking into the industry, as the 54-year-old has just received his first Academy Award nomination for his role in the A24 film, The Whale.

In the film, Fraser plays a reclusive overweight English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter, played by Sadie Smith (Stranger Things).


For the part, Fraser was required to carry 50 to 60 extra pounds during production, which saw him churn through eight bags of ice just to stay cool.

Credit: AFF/Alamy Live News
Credit: AFF/Alamy Live News

While many actors dream of gaining weight for a role, it was anything but a dream.

But alas, the hard work has paid off.


Upon receiving his nomination, Fraser’s son had gifted their father a whale ice cream cake with frosting that read, ‘To a Whale of a Dad!’, as per Variety.

I mean, honestly, iconic.

The George of the Jungle actor also spoke about how he felt when his name was called during the nominations announcements.

He told the outlet: “[I felt] surprised, astonishment, happiness, hopefulness and humility because even being nominated is the fulfillment of an aspiration that any actor would be hard pressed to not admit that they had the hope to even dare for.”

The 90th Academy Awards will be held on March 12 during a live telecast at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

Featured Image Credit: AFF/Alamy Live. Paramount Pictures

Topics: News, TV and Film, Brendan Fraser, Celebrity

Charisa Bossinakis
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