James Corden has claimed he virtually starred in “The Whale” earlier than Brendan Fraser landed his Golden Globe-nominated position.
The “Cats” star was initially set to play Charlie in Darren Aronofsky’s movie — when it was set to be helmed by one other filmmaker.
“I used to be going to play that half, and Tom Ford was going to direct,” Corden advised Deadline throughout a Q&A panel for his Q&A for his new sequence “Mammals” on Amazon Prime.
“The Late Late Present” host additionally shared that it didn’t occur as a result of Ford needed extra management of the movie.
However Corden, 44, additionally believed he was “too younger” to do the complicated half justice in comparison with 54-year-old Fraser.
The acclaimed movie follows a 600-pound English trainer named Charlie (Fraser) who suffers from morbid weight problems and is struggling to reconnect along with his estranged teenage daughter, performed by “Stranger Issues” star Sadie Sink.
James Corden claims he virtually landed the position of Charlie in “The Whale.”Dia Dipasupil/Getty Photographs
The comic and actor additionally revealed that George Clooney was tied to the venture at one level as nicely, however solely needed to take part if they might discover an actor who was really 600 kilos to play the position.
Fraser donned a fats swimsuit for the position, which sparked criticism from critics and claims of “fatphobia.”
Brendan Fraser as Charlie in “The Whale.”A24
His transformation sparked backlash throughout previews within the fall — and Aronofsky defended using the fats swimsuit, saying the controversy “is not sensible.”
In the meantime, Deadline critic Pete Hammond stated he verified Corden’s story: “Once I talked with Aronofsky just lately I casually requested him about what Corden advised me and he confirmed all of it.”
Brendan Fraser was nominated for a Golden Globe for his position in “The Whale.”Taylor Hill/WireImage
Fraser ended up being nominated for a Golden Globe in December for his efficiency — although he has vowed to not attend the ceremony organized by the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation after claims that its former president allegedly sexually assaulted him in 2003.
The movie marked Fraser’s profession comeback to Hollywood after stepping away as a result of despair. His efficiency obtained a number of standing ovations at movie festivals, together with in Venice, London and Toronto.