whale ,whale) is not a true story to use. Charlie, the character played by Brendan Fraser in Darren Aronofsky’s film, does not exist, but is inspired by real-life episodes and, above all, his screenwriter’s unhealthy relationship with food, also a creative writing teacher by day. No, the film is inspired by very specific moments in the life of its screenwriter Samuel D. Hunter, who adapted the play of the same name that he wrote in 2011. According to Hunter, both Charlie and his companions draw from the experiences of very specific details of their lives, although it is not a biopoke by any means. During the promotion of the film, Hunter has been revealing in interviews which parts of his life have been discussed. whale,
,[Cuando me senté a escribir] whale ,whale) the first time I really thought: OK, I’m going to get into some very personal things from my life, and it’s going to be very raw, and I think the way the character’s feelings are being exposed is not cool at all. . i grew up gay [en Moscú, en el norte de Idaho, en los años 90], Although my family was not evangelical, I had a tough time in elementary school. He was a fat kid, very socially awkward. [Mis padres] They took me to the only private school in town, which was an evangelical school. I didn’t really know anything about Christianity like that. [El caso es que] I grew up in the Episcopalian faith. But I remember, I think it was the first day [de colegio], the moment it occurred to me to mention the theory of evolution in class. All I remember is that everything around me froze, and the teacher looked down and didn’t react, and then walked into the classroom,” Hunter said in an exciting interview.
“In my first year of high school, the school’s head priest father gave me a pamphlet about how to let Christ into my heart. In my head I thought: well i’m a christian so yeah i should listen i should, I remember him telling me that I could hear Jesus speaking directly to me. And I tried, but I kept thinking: Why can’t I hear Jesus? It’s not happening, what am I doing wrong? […] I already knew at that time that I was gay, but I was so young that I thought: it might go away i just need to pray don’t think about other people and i just ask god to change me, And, of course, no matter how hard I tried, it didn’t work. And I really tried… At a certain point, I thought, This isn’t going to change. And I realized that there was a part of me that they would never be able to accept. [en ese entorno religioso fundamentalista]Hunter revealed.
“I ended up telling a friend of mine [del colegio] that he was gay and about a year later he got together with some other boys at school and they went to talk to the school administration… and I had to tell my parents and it was a disaster. I dropped out of college and went to a public school. At that moment I thought: I’m better, I’m fine now. I’ve come out of the closet, everything will be alright. I have left her behind. But I didn’t fix it properly. So when I got to college, it got harder and harder to handle, and I fell into depression. I began to self-medicate with food, which is something I did even as a child. Little by little I was able to find support systems and therapy. And then I met my husband, who I met in 2005 and have been with ever since. It was a great support for me,” continues the author.
“I was thinking in New York: i am here, But she was still very young and hadn’t properly processed what had happened in the previous years. Because I didn’t have to, and I was always an overweight kid, but things took a turn for the worse in college. She realized that she didn’t exactly fit in with the NYU gay community because she didn’t fit their prescribed ideas of beauty. I did well in college, and I worked hard, but I was isolated. I spent a lot of time in my apartment self-medicating with food and got pretty fat. I was able to find an off-ramp, the biggest off-ramp was when I met my husband in 2005. I had that love and support, and I also had the love and support of my parents, so I was able to last for many years. And lots of therapy sessions, I work my way out of it. whale It was a personal reckoning for me,” Hunter said in another interview.
“When I started writing whale thought: What if this is a story of someone who didn’t get the off ramp that I got and has no choice but to stay in his hometown? And to a large extent it gave birth to work. That and the fact that I was teaching creative writing to college first-year students at the time.”
Hunter also comments that there is a part of his life in Charlie’s late partner. “It feels like I’m taking parts of myself and delivering them in different ways, which I think I’ve done a lot with my characters over the years. But it’s not autobiographical, but it always feels like autofiction.” I hope this is a way for me to write things that are useful to people. Because if it’s something I’m actively struggling with or actively struggling with, chances are other people in the world have or have done as well. had similar experiences and can attest to that experience through the lens of their own struggles.
And the small town in Idaho where the movie takes place? “It doesn’t have a name, but it’s definitely set in Moscow, the name of the city where I grew up. I never name it in my writing, because I don’t want people to think there’s a layer that definitely hasn’t been there since.” Although there are very few details about Moscow. in film …”.
It is precisely this connection with the author’s own work that caught the attention of the film’s director. According to Aronofsky: “What I like best whale is that it invites you to see the humanity of characters who are neither good nor bad, but rather in the gray tones in which normal people live; Characters who have deep and complex inner lives. They’ve all made mistakes, but they share a huge heart and a willingness to love others, even when others seem incapable of loving. It’s a story that asks us a simple yet essential question: can we save each other? It’s a very important question right now, especially now that we are turning our backs on each other more than ever.”