James Corden Almost Played Brendan Fraser On ‘The Whale’: Report


James Corden nearly starred as Brendan Fraser in awards season favorite ‘The Whale’, according to a new report.

The ‘Late Late Show’ host told Deadline’s Peter Hammond that at one point he was attached to the project about a 600-pound man trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter and that Tom Ford was set to to manage.

“I was going to play that role and Tom Ford was going to direct,” Corden said, according to the outlet. However, Corden and Ford ended up not making the movie “because Ford wanted fuller control of the project,” Hammond wrote last week.

He added: “Corden also thinks he may have been too young to do him justice.”

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James Corden said he almost played the role of Brendan Fraser in “The Whale”.
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Corden said George Clooney briefly considered directing, but only if he could find an actor close to the 600-pound character to play the lead role.

Tom Ford was briefly staged "The whale," said James Corden.

Tom Ford was to briefly direct “The Whale,” said James Corden.
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“The complications were too great, as you can imagine, and Clooney was never involved beyond this brief flirtation with the property,” Hammond wrote.

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Brendan Fraser played a 600-pound man in "The whale."

Brendan Fraser played a 600-pound man in “The Whale.”
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“The Whale” director Darren Aronofsky confirmed everything to Hammond on another occasion, the columnist wrote.

In October, Fraser received another standing ovation for his performance in “The Whale.”

Fraser, 53, was moved to tears during his second standing ovation – this time at the London Film Festival. The film was shown to an audience and the actor reportedly received a five-minute standing ovation.

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The reaction to the film at the London Film Festival follows its first standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival in early September. The audience gave the “Crash” star a six-minute standing ovation.

Fraser returned to the big screen for what many believe to be a Oscar contender role.

The role represents a big comeback for fraser, as it is her first starring role in nearly a decade. The ‘The Mummy’ star also has upcoming roles in Martin Scorsese’s latest Western ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,’ and with Dawn Olivieri and Marcia Cross in ‘Behind the Curtain of Night.’

Representatives for Corden and Ford did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.


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