I’ve always liked Brendan Fraser, despite George of the Jungle. I still like him. I sympathise with him having a depressive period. But all I can think is that he’s a snowflake.
Suppose we assume he’s telling the truth. An unpleasant experience, sure. No-one would blame him for being pissed off. You’d expect him to be pissed off. But surely any normal person would say ‘Fuck off’ and shove the little gropey turd away. Maybe punch him in the face while saying, ‘Little prick tried to cop a feel. Well, cop that you sleazy perv’. Or even just saying, ‘That is not fucking funny, Philip, thank you very much. I think you’ve had enough to drink.’
What a normal person wouldn’t do is slink away in shame like a sad and scared Women’s Studies student who’s accidentally stumbled into the rugby club and is being scarred for life right at that very moment because the rugger buggers are singing a bawdy song and clinking their beer glasses rather loudly, so loudly that not only is she getting a migraine, but so is her whole class because of sympathetic resonance or women’s intution or something to do with period synchronization.
And when that person is a major Hollywood star you really wouldn’t expect such a pathetic response, especially when the stool finger is a minor journalist, and not some all-powerful producer. Maybe it’s to Fraser’s credit that he didn’t just have Berk taken outside and beaten up there and then. (Peter O’Toole had Kenneth Tynan beaten up once because he didn’t care for one of Tynan’s practical jokes, and Tynan never squealed at the time. Then again, Tynan was a masochist.) Hollywood stars have always been insecure egotists who can work themselves up into a state over nothing, but I can’t really see any of the old guys going home and throwing himself weeping onto his pillow because a hack tried to feel his bumhole at a party.
I expect it was partly because — from the sounds of it — Fraser was already sliding into depression, but this sort of gross over-reaction and the adoption of victim mentality over so little reflects badly on Hollywood. It’s also what helped fuel the bad behaviour of all the Weinstein types. A few old-fashioned punches and some forthright talk at the time might have helped put a stop to this sort of behaviour.
(But at least he isn’t going around getting involved in screaming matches in bookshops.)