Actor Brendan Fraser is scooping awards for his role as a 600-pound English teacher in “The Whale,” but he’s already been told an awards show is buzzing.
“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” Fraser said, referring to the organization behind the awards. “No, I’m not participating.”
“It’s because of the history I have with them. And my mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can call me many things, but not that.”
“I felt sick. I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a bullet in my throat. I thought I was going to cry. I felt like someone had thrown invisible paint on me,” Fraser told the magazine. He said the incident played a major role in his disappearance from the limelight for over a decade.
Berk reportedly issued a letter of apology to Fraser, but told GQ that “admitted ‘no wrongdoing’” and was “the usual ‘If I have done anything to upset Mr. Fraser, I didn’t mean to, and I apologize.” ”
In this week’s interview, Fraser maintains that the organization has never apologized to him (the HFPA denies this), but said that if it tried to make amends “it should be, I don’t know, what’s the word I’m looking for…sincerely?”
“I wanted a gesture to make medicine out of poison somehow. I don’t know what it is. But that would be my hope.”
The HFPA did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.