We’re weeks away from knowing the nominees for the 2023 Golden Globes, but one of the front-runners for best actor is already signaling his intention to boycott the ceremony.
Brendan Fraser, who received the best reviews of his career for his dramatic turn in Darren Aronofsky The whale (in theaters Dec. 9), narrated GQ for his cover story on Wednesday that he will not attend the Golden Globes ceremony in January if he is nominated, as is widely expected.
“I have more experience with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” he said bluntly. “No, I will not participate.”
His reasoning is obvious to those who’ve followed the former heartthrob’s rollercoaster career: “It’s because of the history I have with them,” he explained. “And my mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can call me many things, but not like that.”
In 2018, Fraser made headlines for another GQ Profile in which he first opened up about his ups and downs in Hollywood, including the many years of stunt work that had taken its toll on his body. He also shared a disturbing allegation in which he accused Philip Berk, a former president and member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Golden Globes, of groping and assaulting him in 2003. (Berk has denied the allegation.)
After the article appeared, the HFPA issued a statement, which said, in part, “The HFPA stands firmly against sexual harassment and the types of conduct described in this article.” Fraser said in the latest profile that after the promise, the HFPA is investigating finally got back to him with a proposed joint statement, which the actor said would read: “Although Mr. Berk was found to have inappropriately touched Mr. Fraser, the evidence supports that it should be taken as a joke and not as a sexual advance .” Fraser refused to sign the statement. Berk remained a voting member of the HFPA until 2021, when he was expelled for sharing an article in an email to his colleagues that described Black Lives Matter as a “racist hate movement.” became.
“I knew they were going to close ranks,” Fraser said of the HFPA. “I knew they were going to kick the can out in the street. I knew they would be ahead of history. I knew that I certainly had no future with this system as it was.”
Manny Carabel/Getty Images Brendan Fraser at a screening of The Whale
As for why his claims didn’t resonate more widely with the HFPA and Hollywood in general (the Golden Globes enjoyed a slew of nominees that year), Fraser said, “I think it was because it was too spiky or sharp-edged.” or gross for people who want to go first and invest emotionally in the situation.”
Fraser said the incident “made me withdraw” at the time and felt “something had been taken away from me”. Shortly after the original profile came out, the actor “heard from college friends, people I hadn’t worked with or seen in 30 years of my career.” He recalled learning the article was trending on Twitter and thought, “Oh my god. Oh, f— what have I done now?” He recalled, “It was people saying they liked me. And they referred to this piece. I thought: is that good, is that problematic? I do not know. What have I done to deserve this?”
While having his allegations made public was an overwhelmingly positive experience, Fraser said it also left him feeling somewhat exposed. “I think the feeling I have is that it’s hard to describe, and not to be vulgar, but it’s like: i saw you naked‘ he explained. “It’s like people know what you look like, they know the story about you.” Overall, though, he found the interview “liberating,” saying, “It was a weight off.” Speaking of the allegations, Fraiser said, “It doesn’t mean that I don’t get triggered every now and then, but then I come over here and hang out,” he said, pointing to the archery target in his backyard at the magazine: “And I send some arrows down, and things feel better at.”
However, even a few years after the article appeared, the alleged incident is still difficult to discuss, he admitted. “I’ll admit that my heart is a little pounding as I discuss this with you now,” he told the reporter. “But it’s okay because my hope is that at this point in my life and career I can be recognized for my professional endeavors rather than the comeback kid trope as the standard in culture, sport coming from behind , is written off and then come back.”
While the HFPA escaped Fraser’s allegations largely unscathed, just a few years later the organization found itself on the wrong end of another firestorm. A week before NBC’s 78th Golden Globes aired in 2021, the Los Angeles Times published an exposé showing that the HFPA’s 87-strong constituency included no black members. The show continued to see record-low ratings amid celebrities, and NBC eventually decided it wouldn’t air the Globes in 2022.
Since then, the HFPA has announced behind-the-scenes initiatives, including the creation of an oversight committee and a partnership with the NAACP. They also added 103 new voters to their ranks, virtually doubling their size, including 21 new voters from diverse backgrounds. While the efforts prompted NBC to resume the televised ceremony next year, Fraser remains dubious about the organization’s sincerity.
When asked if he believes in the reforms, the actor said GQ“In the moment not. Maybe time will tell if they… I don’t know what they’ll do. I dont know.”
Fraser also claimed the HFPA never offered him an apology, which the organization allegedly declined GQ They have apologized twice, but according to the outlet, Berk admitted in 2018 that a so-called apology letter he sent to Fraser contained no admission of wrongdoing.
If the HFPA seeks to apologize to him, Fraser said, “under the rules of engagement it would be my responsibility to take a look and make a decision at that time if that were the case.” And that should be it, I don’t know what’s the word I’m looking for… sincerely? I would like a gesture to make medicine out of poison. I do not know what that is. But that would be my hope. Fraser also noted that he’s far from the only person who has felt unfairly treated by the group. So if they did apologize, “I would expect it to be something that would resonate with them as well.” “
EW has reached out to the HFPA for comment.
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