Brendan Fraser breaks down in tears as 'The Whale' receives huge 6-minute standing ovation in Venice

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If the world premiere of The Whale at the Venice Film Festival on

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Sunday night is any indication, Brendan Fraser's return to Hollywood

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will be met with joy — and even more tears. When the credits rolled

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for Darren Aronofsky's drama, in which Fraser plays a 600-pound

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gay man confined to a wheelchair, the actor was overcome with emotion.

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Fraser sobbed throughout the six-minute standing ovation that is

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likely to put him at the forefront of this year's best actor race at the Oscars.