Brendan Fraser is being talked about for an award for his role in “The Whale” as a 600-pound English teacher, but he has already told one award show to shut up.
Fraser said in an interview with GQ that he doesn’t plan to go to the Golden Globes in January, even if he is nominated for an award.
I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” Fraser said, referring to the organization behind the awards. “No, I will not participate.
It’s because of the history that I have with them. And my mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can call me a lot of things, but not that.
In an interview with GQ in 2018, Fraser claimed that former HFPA President Philip Berk sexually assaulted him at a luncheon in Beverly Hills in 2003.
I felt ill. I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry. I felt like someone had thrown invisible paint on me,
Fraser told the magazine. He said that the event was a big reason why he dropped out of sight for over a decade.
Berk is said to have sent Fraser an apology letter, but he told GQ that it “admitted ‘no wrongdoing.’
If I’ve done anything that upset Mr. Fraser, it was not intended and I apologize.
Fraser says in this week’s interview that the group never apologized to him, which the HFPA denies, but that if it did try to make things right.
it would have to be, I don’t know, what’s the word I’m looking for… sincere?
I would want some gesture of making medicine out of poison somehow. I don’t know what that is. But that would be my hope.
The HFPA didn’t answer the request for comment right away.