Canadian actor Brendan Fraser at the 79 Venice International Film Festival 2022.  Red carpet L'Immensità. Venice (Italy), September 4th, 2022 (Photo by Rocco Spaziani/Archivio Spaziani/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
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Brendan Fraser's Acting Talent Reminded Ian McKellen Of Marilyn Monroe
After Brendan Fraser and Ian McKellen appeared in "Gods and Monsters" together, McKellen’s performance received the bulk of the praise that followed the film’s release. Many tried to dismiss the actor as a gimmick or miscast eye candy, but during the press junket for the film McKellen compared Fraser's on-screen abilities to those of Marilyn Monroe.
The classically trained actor lauded Fraser, saying, "I didn't appreciate Brendan's performance while it was happening. I've talked to somebody who worked with Marilyn Monroe, and he said the same of her. You could only see it through the camera or on the screen."
Much of Fraser's early career was bogged down by flimsily written characters and or dismissed due to his leading man looks, but few actors celebrated Fraser's acting abilities the way McKellen did. Despite the legion of fans that Fraser has always had in kids from the '90s, Hollywood seemed fine writing off his talent just as they did with Monroe.