‘Have Courage’: Brendan Fraser Shares Inspirational Acceptance Speech At SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 15: Brendan Fraser accepts the Best Actor award for " The Whale" onstage during the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association)
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association

Brendan Fraser talked about overcoming obstacles and having courage after taking home the honor for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role at the 2023 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

During the 54-year-old actor’s acceptance speech on Sunday, Fraser discussed struggling in Hollywood and how he kept putting “one foot in front of the other.” People magazine reported.

“I never would have believed I would have been offered the role of my life in this character, Charlie in ‘The Whale,’ he’s someone who is on a raft of regrets but he’s in a sea of hope,” the actor shared.

“I’ve been at that sea, and I’ve rode that wave lately and it’s been powerful and good and I’ve also had that wave smash me right down to the ocean floor and drag my face along there and wind up on some strange beach in a different world, wondering ‘where am I now?'” he added.

“I just want you to know, for real, all the actors out there who have gone through that, who are going through that, I know how you feel,” “The Mummy” star continued. “But believe me, if you just stay in there and you put one foot in front of the other, you get to where you need to go. Have courage.”

Fraser, who first found fame in the ’90s, had been missing from the big screen for more than a decade before he recently resurfaced with his role in “The Whale.” In the movie, he plays “a reclusive, morbidly obese English teacher” who “attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter,” according to a description on IMDB.


His performance has garnered recognition in the world of entertainment after first scoring a Golden Globe nomination, then later winning a Critics Choice Award for Best Actor in January.

Fraser broke down and got emotional after accepting the award.

“If you, like a guy like Charlie, who I played in this movie, in any way struggle with obesity,” Fraser shared in halting tones. “Or you just feel like you’re in a dark sea, I want you to know that if you too can have the strength to just get to your feet and go to the light, good things will happen!”

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