Brendan Fraser says he starved himself on extreme diet for George of the Jungle


Brendan Fraser says he went to great physical lengths to star in George of the Jungle.

The actor told Adam Sandler during Variety’s Actors on Actors series that he underwent an extreme weight loss and diet to play the title role in the 1997 film.

“[I was] waxed, greased, starved of carbohydrates” he said. “I would drive home after work and stop to get something to eat. I needed some cash one day, and I went to the ATM, and I couldn’t remember my PIN number because my brain was misfiring. Banging on the thing. I didn’t eat that night.”

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Brendan Fraser was the breakout star in George of the Jungle.
Brendan Fraser was the breakout star inthe 1997 film George of the Jungle. (Getty)

The film also starred Leslie Mann and was a top film at the box office that year.

Meanwhile, Fraser is also making headlines for his upcoming role in the movie, The Whale. It tells the story of an obese man named Charlie played by Fraser, who lives alone in Idaho.

The film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, is getting quite a bit of awards season buzz for Fraser’s portrayal.

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Brendan Fraser as 'Charlie' in The Whale. Trailer released November 2022.
Fraser as Charlie in upcoming film The Whale. (YouTube)

He did the opposite to George of the Jungle to play the role of Charlie, who is described as a 270kg English teacher suffering from morbid obesity as a result of mental illness.

In a previous interview, Fraser revealed his character had required him to wear heavy makeup and artificial prosthetics.

“The wardrobe and costume was extensive, seamless, cumbersome,” he said. “This is certainly far removed from anything I’ve ever done.”

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The actor at The Whale’s UK premiere on October 11. (Getty Images for BFI)

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