Brendan Fraser, who has received a lot of awards buzz for his role in “The Whale”, says that he doesn’t plan to attend the next Golden Globes ceremony. He cites his “history” as an actor with the organization in a new interview.
“I have more history and respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than my relationship with them,” he said. In an interview with GQ, the actor stated that he would not be participating.
Fraser seems to be referring specifically to 2018 allegations that Philip Berk, former president of HFPA, made against Fraser. Berk allegedly groped Fraser at an event in 2003.
Fraser shared his thoughts with GQ: “My mother wasn’t a hypocrite. You can call me many things, but not this.
Fraser, in a GQ 2018 interview, described Berk’s encounter at a luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Fraser claimed Berk grabbed Fraser’s rear end and touched his abdomen between his genitals.
“I felt ill. Fraser stated that he felt like a small child at the time. “I felt like a ball was in my throat. “I thought I was going crazy.”
Berk denied any wrongdoing and admitted that he rubbed Fraser’s buttocks at the event. However, in his interview with GQ, he stated that he did this in good humor.
Fraser’s claims were made public by the HFPA, who released a statement stating that they are “investigating further details” and “stand firmly against sexual harassment.”
Fraser claimed that GQ revealed that the organization had contacted him to offer a joint statement. It stated that although it was concluded that Mr. Berk inappropriately touched M. Fraser, evidence suggests that the statement was meant to be taken as an amusement and not as a sexual advance.
Fraser claims he didn’t agree to sign the alleged joint declaration.
Fraser said to GQ, “I knew they’d close ranks.” “I knew that they would get in the way. They would win the story. “I knew I had no future in that system.”
Fraser reflected on the reasons his account didn’t make waves and said that it was because it was too prickly, sharp-edged, or icky to get people to invest emotionally in it.
Berk remained active in the HFPA after Fraser’s allegations until last year when he was expelled from disseminating an Article to Fellow HFPA Members that referred to Black Lives Matter as a “racist hatred movement.”
After it was revealed that no Black members were allowed to vote in the Golden Globes, which have been long considered the precursor to the Oscars, the Los Angeles Times also criticized the Golden Globes last year.
NBC cut broadcast ties with the network despite the organization’s efforts to address the controversy and other ethical concerns. The group is currently trying to enact “meaningful Reform.”
The 2022 Golden Globes did not air on television. NBC announced that the show would be aired again in 2023 in September, citing the HFPA’s “commitment towards ongoing change.”
Fraser was skeptical when asked if he believed that any of the HFPA reforms would lead to real progress.
“At the moment, not. Perhaps time will reveal if they are going to…I don’t know what they’re going to do,” said he to GQ this week. “I don’t know.”
Fraser has been overwhelmingly praised during the film festival season and is now considered a contender for an Oscar nomination for best actor.
Fraser is a lonely, obese teacher trying to reconnect with his teenage daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink in “Stranger Things”)
Directed by Darren Aronofsky the film hits theaters on December 9.