Whereas Brendan Fraser is making the award-season circuit in assist of his new movie, The Whale, he gained’t be attending the Golden Globes, telling GQ in a brand new cowl story, “No, I cannot take part,” as a result of the previous head of the Globes’ Hollywood International Press Affiliation allegedly groped him.
Fraser first associated this purported sexual assault to GQ in 2018, saying that Philip Berk, former president of the HFPA, groped him on the Beverly Hills Lodge in 2003. Berk is not an HFPA member, however Fraser’s emotions on the group haven’t softened. “I’ve extra historical past with the Hollywood International Press Affiliation than I’ve respect for the Hollywood International Press Affiliation,” Fraser mentioned. “My mom didn’t increase a hypocrite. You may name me quite a lot of issues, however not that.”
Fraser recalled that after the incident he felt like “one thing had been taken away from me.” The expertise “made me retreat” from Hollywood, and together with the toll of doing his personal stunts on his physique, is among the causes he started showing in fewer movies.
A part of his hostility is how the HFPA dealt with the incident. In 2018, after Fraser’s allegations grew to become public, they launched a press release saying the group “stands firmly towards sexual harassment and the kind of habits described on this article.” They then proposed releasing a joint assertion with Fraser which learn, “Though it was concluded that Mr. Berk inappropriately touched Mr. Fraser, the proof helps that it was supposed to be taken as a joke and never as a sexual advance.” Fraser refused to signal it, and Berk remained an HFPA voting member.
“I knew they might shut ranks,” Fraser mentioned. “I knew they might kick the can down the highway. I knew they might get forward of the story. I knew that I actually had no future with that system because it was.”
Berk was lastly expelled from the HFPA in 2021 after criticizing Black Lives Matter as a “racist hate motion,” and the group underwent an existential disaster after the Los Angeles Instances revealed that the voting physique had no Black members. NBC refused to air the Golden Globes in 2022, citing the dearth of range, however the ceremony will return in 2023.
Fraser mentioned he doesn’t assume the HPFA has accomplished sufficient “in the meanwhile.”
“I’d need some gesture of creating drugs out of poison someway,” he mentioned. “I don’t know what that’s. However that will be my hope. However it’s not about me.”