Brendan Fraser Explains Why He Won’t Go to the Golden Globes If He’s Nominated: “My Mother Didn’t Raise a Hypocrite”

Actor Brendan Fraser is already talking about an award nomination for his returning role in “The Whale” — even before its Dec. 9 premiere. But if that role earns him an invite to the 2023 Golden Globe Awards, Fraser said he’s not going.

reason why? He pins it on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that puts on the show.

Fraser told GQ, “I have more respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.” “No, I will not participate.”

“It’s because of the history that I have with them,” he continued. “And my mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can call me that, but not her.”

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Brendan Fraser attends the UK premiere of “The Whale” during the 66th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 11, 2022.

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The history he is referring to is from 2003.

In another interview with GQ in 2018, Fraser said that it was when Philip Burke, then-president of the HFPA, groped her as they were leaving a luncheon.

“Her left hand reaches around, grabs my cheek, and one of her fingers touches me in the groin,” Fraser told the outlet. “And he starts moving it around.”

Fraser said he removed Burke’s hand, but the experience left him horrified and feeling “sick”.

“I felt like a little kid. I felt like I had a ball around my neck,” he said. “I thought I was about to cry.”

Fraser spoke to an independent investigator after going public with his claims. Soon after, he says the HFPA asked him to sign a joint statement. That statement, Fraser told GQ, “although it was concluded that Mr Burke touched Mr Fraser inappropriately, the evidence supports that it was intended to be taken as a joke and not as a sexual advance.” in the form of.”

Fraser refused to sign release. Burke later told GQ that he remained a member of the organization and had not received any disciplinary action.

CBS News has contacted the HFPA for comment regarding Fraser’s allegations.

Burke remained a member of the organization until 2021, when the HFPA discontinued his membership after he sent an email referring to Black Lives Matter as a “racist hate movement”. That same year, The Los Angeles Times found that the organization had no black voting members and was accused of “moral and financial conflicts”. nbc dropped The plan is to air the show.

Last November, the organization unveiled a set of reforms to “transform its structure from top to bottom.” Those reforms include including more people of color in “decision-making” positions, modernizing its rules and restructuring oversight. All members of the organization were also required to undergo sexual harassment training.

Fraser told GQ he is not believing in those reforms “at the moment”.

“Maybe time will tell if they’re going to … I don’t know what they’re going to do,” he said. “I don’t know.”

To this day, Fraser says the HFPA has yet to apologize for what happened, a claim the organization disputes and says they have done twice. Burke told GQ that he had written a letter apologizing to Fraser in the past about the incident, but acknowledged that letter was “not at fault.”

Fraser said any apology must be meaningful.

“It has to be, I don’t know, what word am I looking for… honestly?” They said. “I wish there was some hint of some way of making a medicine out of poison. I do not know what it is. But that would be my hope.”

Golden Globes aside, Fraser says he remains committed to doing everything he can to advocate for “The Whale” and will happily pursue other awards opportunities that may arise.

He said, “I owe it. I owe it to the filmmakers.” “… I owe it to my kids. It’s my shot.”

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