Brendan Fraser Gets His Own A24 Zine

The celebration of the Brenaissance comes with a foreword by 'The Whale' director Darren Aronofsky

BY Allie GregoryPublished Feb 7, 2023

After making his A24 debut with last year's The Whale, Brendan Fraser has now been further immortalized by the film house with his very own $6 USD zine.

Following in the steps of gilded A24 actor Toni Collette (Hereditary), Fraser has now gotten his very own dedication in Issue 20 of A24's ongoing collectible publication. It includes stills from George of the Jungle and the first two Mummy movies, as well as fan art and quotes from the man himself.

This issue, which includes a foreword by The Whale director Darren Aronofsky, is to be included with the purchase of all AAA24 All Access Memberships. It can also be purchased individually or alongside any other items from A24's array of oddball merchandise.

Read Aronofsky's foreword below, where you can also catch a sneak peek of what's inside Issue 20. Get your hands on a copy of your own here

IT TOOK ME TEN YEARS to make THE WHALE because I couldn't cast it.

It wasn't for a lack of trying, or lack of interest. I made and studied list after list. Met some wonderful actors. Old, new, upcoming. Movie stars and first-timers. So much incredible talent. So many beautiful faces. But none of them were Charlie.

At times, I gave up. I wondered if, in an ironic and entirely too on-the-nose twist, this film would live up to its thematic namesake, a great white mystery always swimming out of my reach.

And then one afternoon, in a total YouTube rabbit hole, I'm watching a trailer for a small Brazilian film. There's Brendan Fraser. A bit older now, a little grey around the edges. But his eyes are the same. Impossibly blue, and imbued with a warmth so deep it feels tactile.

Something clicks. I found him.

Casting Brendan was not a calculated decision. We weren't thinking about underdog stories or magazine covers. He was purely the right actor for the role. He embodied everything I saw in Charlie: deep empathy, gentle humor, and a searing emotional intelligence.

Becoming Charlie was no easy feat. He is a character full of contradictions. A man in love with the world but desperate to leave it. A man who has infinite compassion and forgiveness for everyone but himself. In Brendan, I saw an actor who relished the challenge. He was ready to show the world what he could do.

And so he did.

Now we're on the other side of it. And it's been an indescribable pleasure to watch others watch Brendan, to laugh with him and cry with him, all of us together.

I see Brendan's story described as a comeback, but I don't know if that's quite right. He's always been here. To me, it feels more like a homecoming.


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