The Whale, Brendan Fraser's comeback movie, had its world debut at the 78th Venice Film Festival recently.

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and received thunderous applause.

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After the Darren Aronofsky drama's closing credits, in which Fraser portrays a 600-pound gay man who is wheelchair-bound,

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Fraser allegedly burst into tears when he saw how well his film was received.

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Early festival comments have also suggested that Fraser's performance qualifies him for Oscar consideration.

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During the ovation, Fraser also exchanged an emotional hug with director Darren Aronofsky and made a bow as the applause became louder.

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The Whale stars Fraser as a dad struggling to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter,

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played by Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink. Hong Chau, Samantha Morton, and Ty Simpkins all appear in supporting roles.

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Brendan was previously recognised in Hollywood for his roles in blockbuster films such as The Mummy.

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