- Brendan Fraser said he won’t be attending the 2022 Golden Globes, even if he’s nominated.
- Fraser has said he was touched inappropriately by a HFPA member, the association behind the Globes.
- “My mother didn’t raise a hypocrite,” Fraser said in a new interview with GQ.
Brendan Fraser may be generating lots of buzz with his new role in “The Whale,” but the actor revealed in a recent GQ profile that he won’t be attending the Golden Globes this year — even if he’s nominated.
As GQ’s Zach Baron pointed out, Fraser’s role as Charlie — an ailing recluse trying to make amends with his daughter before his death — in “The Whale” will likely earn the actor several awards this season.
“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” Fraser said of the organization that puts on the Globes each year.
The actor emphasized that he “will not participate” in the HFPA’s awards ceremony, even if he’s invited.
“It’s because of the history that I have with them. And my mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can call me a lot of things, but not that,” Fraser told GQ.
Fraser’s comments come after the actor spoke about his alleged experience with Philip Berk, a former president and member of the HFPA, during another interview with GQ in 2018.
In the 2018 piece, titled “What Ever Happened to Brendan Fraser,” the “Mummy” actor said that Berk inappropriately touched him during a 2003 luncheon held by the HFPA at a Los Angeles hotel.
“His left hand reaches around, grabs my ass cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint. And he starts moving it around,” Fraser said, which he went on to say left him shaken and fearful, and even contributed to his desire to step back from the spotlight for several years.
Berk subsequently denied Fraser’s version of events in comments to GQ, and said that he only pinched Fraser’s butt as a joke. GQ reported that a later inquiry by the HFPA found that Berk did, in fact, touch Fraser, but the report reiterated that it was meant to be taken as a joke.
Insider was unable to reach Philip Berk and HFPA did not immediately respond to request for comment.
In early 2021, however, the HFPA came under fire after an investigation by the Los Angeles Times revealed that there were no Black members in the association at the time and that the organization had allegedly faced financial and ethical issues in the past.
NBC (which usually televised the Golden Globes ceremony) declined to air the awards show in 2022 after the Times’ investigations prompted significant backlash amongst Hollywood insiders. However, this year’s ceremony will air on NBC in January 2023 — the network cited reforms announced by the HFPA in May 2021 as the reasoning for their decision, per the Hollywood Reporter.
When asked by GQ if he believed in any of the HFPA’s planned reforms, the actor said no.
“Maybe time will tell if they’re going to… I don’t know what they’re going to do. I don’t know,” Fraser said.