A majority of people think that Hollywood is a symbiotic disease of self-absorption, delusions of grandeur, and an unearned sense of superiority. These harmful traits typically blend into someone who thinks it's their responsibility to determine what's moral and what isn’t for those they haven't even met. They teach strangers based on their assumption that they've accumulated vast knowledge and experience in the cultural bubble in which they reside and that the people who live in middle America will appreciate their opinions.
In their eyes, we are “yokels”; however, our eyes see a delusional and out-of-touch elitist ranting about virtues that are more trend than principle. There's not much that is authentic about their utterances, and their whole discourse appears to be a condescending mockery.
This means that the people they are advising are looking for better ways to spend their time than listening to them. Cinemas aren't making the amount of money they once did, and the award shows they use as their soapboxes are becoming more well-known for their waning viewerships than anything else.
However, that doesn't mean there's no evidence of reality in Hollywood. Every now and then, an actor comes on the scene and proves that not every celebrity is a joke. Chris Pratt, Anthony Hopkins, and John Krasinski are solid examples. However, it appears that we are now able to include Brendan Fraser on the list.
The actor delivered his acceptance speech at the Critics Choice Awards (CCA). The speech was a departure from the typical extravagant nonsense. It was an acceptance speech that viewers could actually learn from and be inspired by. It also originates from someone who was able to achieve the emotional delivery of his speech due to what he has been through.
Fraser's most recent lead role was in the movie The Whale, a film about a 600-pound man known as “Charlie” (Fraser) trying to rebuild his relationship with his teen daughter. In recognition of his performance, Fraser received a six-minute standing ovation during the Venice Film Festival.
In his speech at the Critics Choice Awards, he shared his gratitude to The Whale’s director, Darren Aronofsky, for seeking out Fraser while the actor “was in the wilderness.” The actor then addressed everyone who was in the audience at the time and offered them a message of hope.
“If you—like Charlie, who I played in this movie—in any way, struggle with obesity, or you just feel like you're in a dark sea, I want you to know that if you, too, can have the strength to just get to your feet and go to the light, good things will happen,” Fraser said through his tears.
Fraser's path to where he is today was intensely tragic and terrifying. He was a well-known actor during the 1990s and the early 2000s. He was at the top of the world until things started to fall apart for him in a variety of ways. He was injured badly and went through a messy divorce; also, his mother passed away at that time. After that, there was a traumatic incident during which Fraser claimed that he was assaulted sexually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association president, Philip Berk.
The actor claims the whole chain of events, including what he believes was blacklisting after the Berk incident, led to his career falling apart quickly. It had a devastating impact on his psychological health.
In his speech, Fraser admitted that, despite being in this extremely dark and desolate spot, he has made his way back and is now overcoming his demons through determination and positive thinking.
These kinds of speeches bring a bit of illumination to those who hear them. In Fraser’s message, there was not a hint of condescension or imposing half-thought-out opinions on those who are smarter than the Hollywood speakers themselves. It was just an inspiring message of hope and victory against the odds that seemed impossible. This is something that people can apply to boost their own confidence and perseverance.
If all Hollywood speeches were similar to this one, the world would become a more enlightened place.