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Adrien Morot, a Montreal-born makeup artist, woke up to an email Tuesday morning from his “good friend: Brendan Fraser.”


The Hollywood actor was writing to congratulate Morot on his Oscar nomination for his work on The Whale.

“I was still very groggy. I was like, ‘What’s going on here?’,” Morot said.

Before replying to Fraser, however, Morot had some things he needed to do.

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“I went to look at the news to see if he was nominated so that I could reply quickly and he was,” Morot said, adding the pair exchanged a few jokes.

Fraser snagged a nomination in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category, for his portrayal of Charlie — a 600 lb man, who tries to build a relationship with his estranged daughter Ellie, played by Sadie Sink.

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Morot was nominated in the Makeup and Hairstyling category and is responsible for Fraser’s radical physical transformation.

Morot said when he was first approached by The Whale director Darren Aronofsky, with whom he’s collaborated in the past, he was told he had a five-week window in which to develop the character.

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After reading the script, Morot started building an image bank of what people with Charlie’s condition would look like. He also researched what other makeup artists before him had done.

“It’s always a starting point,” he explained, adding that’s how you learn what can be done and how far you can push things.

But what quickly struck him was that movies in which obese characters were depicted were generally comedies or science-fiction movies.

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“Every time those kinds of makeup have been done in the past, it was always like the character was the butt of the joke,” he said.

That’s when Morot realized he would need more than five weeks to be able to do the character and the storyline justice.

“It’s a heavy drama,” he said of the film. “It can’t be a joke. It cannot be. It cannot be any of these other movies that I’ve seen.”

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It was important to Morot to approach the the topic from a place of empathy.


Brendan Fraser as Charlie in “The Whale”.


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So he did what needed to be done and got down on his knees and begged for more time.

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“And so we ended up with 12 weeks to build all of the body prosthetics and facial prosthetics for the character,” Morot said.

Building the prosthetics is only one part of the challenge. The next one is putting them on.

The first makeup test, where Fraser was transformed into Charlie, took seven hours.

Morot recalls how Aronofsky then suggested that maybe it wasn’t necessary to use all the prosthetics and that maybe padding could work.

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Morot, however, argued against and won his case.

The team eventually managed to get makeup down to less than three and a half hours, not including the time it takes at the end of the day to remove it all — a process that takes about an hour.


Brendan Fraser in the makeup chair for ‘The Whale.’.


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Moreover, the prosthetics can only be worn once and have to be constantly remade, which can be a painstaking process.

At the beginning of the movie, Charlie sports what Morot described as a “scruffy beard.”

“To do that in the prosthetics, all those hairs need to be punched in one at a time.”

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Morot dispelled any myth about the job being glamourous.

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“It’s very hard work,” he said, joking that the interview requests he received Tuesday morning are about as glamourous as it gets.

But he’s OK with that. Morot said he’s happiest when he’s busy running around with things to do and stuff to fix.

In fact, while winning an Oscar might be nice, Morot is a little apprehensive.

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“I am hoping that I am not going to have to walk on stage and make a fool of myself,” he said.

While Morot is based out of Los Angeles for work, he divides his time between L.A. and Montreal, where his wife and two sons live.

He credits his hometown for jumpstarting his career and says because Montreal’s film community is small, it can do the same for others.

“I think that you have a lot more chances of impressing big name producers and directors that might be coming … from out of town. And if you can impress them and or impress them enough that they remember you, well, that can be a great launching pad for a an international career.”

This is Morot’s second Oscar nomination. He was nominated in 2011 for the film Barney’s Version.

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Bail set for ‘Dances With Wolves’ actor as police in Canada apply for more charges | Globalnews.ca

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Bail has been set at $300,000 for a former actor in the movie “Dances With Wolves” who is facing eight sex-related charges in Nevada as police in Canada say more complainants there have come forward.


Information from the North Las Vegas Court website says if Nathan Chasing Horse can post bail, he could be released on house arrest and would be electronically monitored. He cannot have contact with the complainants or any minors.

Under Nevada law, Chasing Horse would have to pay 15 per cent of the bail — about $45,000.

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The 46-year-old actor, who played young Sioux character Smiles a Lot in Kevin Costner’s 1990 Oscar-winning film, was formally charged Monday in North Las Vegas with counts including sex trafficking, sexual assault against a child younger than 16 and child abuse.

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Court documents said he was the leader of a cult-like group called “The Circle.”

“Nathan Chasing Horse, by portraying himself as a ‘Holy Man’ or ‘Medicine Man’, has gained the trust of Indigenous families and their children,” an arrest report filed in the U.S. said. “Upon earning this trust, Nathan Chasing Horse used his position to lure vulnerable young girls, often giving them a sense of belonging, to commit sexual assault.”

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Chasing Horse is also facing a charge of sexual assault in British Columbia for allegations in the southern Interior village of Keremeos in September 2018.

The U.S. arrest report alleges the British Columbia woman was 13 years old when she met Chasing Horse while he was performing ceremonies in the province.

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Her family sent her to stay with the actor because she was sick and soon she began travelling with him to ceremonies, the report said. She alleges he began to have sex with her when she was 17.

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In 2018, after they ended the relationship, she alleges he sexually assaulted her while he was in Canada for a show put on by the Lower Similkameen Indian Band.

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The woman reported it to authorities and RCMP contacted Las Vegas police, which prompted the investigation that led to his arrest.

Police in Alberta said they are also in the process of applying for two warrants for formal charges against Chasing Horse in that province.

Sgt. Nancy Farmer with the Tsuut’ina police, which serves the First Nation west of Calgary, said even more charges could be coming.


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“We have received several Crime Stoppers tips,” Farmer said Wednesday.

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“We’ve spoken to several victims and several witnesses have come forward in relation to the actions of Mr. Chasing Horse.”

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U.S. arrest documents detailed how the Alberta police service received a complaint earlier this year from a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted as a 15-year-old and taken to the United States as one of Chasing Horse’s multiple wives.

The woman said she also met Chasing Horse when he came to her community to do ceremonies. Documents say Chasing Horse allegedly had sex with the teenager multiple times while she was still in Canada.

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In 2009, she flew to the U.S. and, not long after when she was 17 years old, he gave her a ring.

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“He said it was like a promise ring and I think that was his way of marrying me,” the woman said in the court documents.

That woman eventually returned to Canada because she could no longer take the physical and emotional abuse, the documents said.

The report alleges that Chasing Horse made his wives have sex with other men and take “phoenix tears,” a highly concentrated form of cannabis.

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The documents detail how Chasing Horse had all his wives get spider tattoos to represent Iktomi, a trickster spirit in Lakota culture, and a tattoo of his traditional name.

The women were taught to use firearms and, court documents allege, he told the wives about “suicide pills” they’d have to take if he were apprehended by police or died.

Police in the United States said they have identified at least six victims, including one who said she was offered to Chasing Horse as a “gift” when she was 15.

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Chasing Horse had already been banned from Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana on the grounds of human trafficking in 2015. The same year, the Tsuut’ina band council passed a resolution banning him from all community events in the Alberta community.

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Last week, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan, also banned Chasing Horse.

–with files from Colette Derworiz in Calgary and The Associated Press

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Netflix Canada begins its password-sharing crackdown. Here’s what to know – National | Globalnews.ca

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Netflix has announced a set of new features to be rolled out in Canada and other countries to help clear the confusion about when and how a member can share their account access with others.


The new features are aimed to give members “greater control over who can access their account,” Netflix said in a statement Wednesday.

“A Netflix account is intended for one household and members can choose from a range of plans with different features,” the company said. One of these features will allow members to set a primary location ensuring that anyone who lives in their household can use their Netflix account, they added.

There will also be another feature that will allow members the ability to manage who has access to their account from the company’s new Manage Access and Devices page.

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Netflix said the new features will be rolled out more broadly in the coming months, starting Wednesday in Canada, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain.

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Christina Applegate revealed that she may not be returning to set in the near future as her multiple sclerosis (MS) progresses. The Married with Children alum was diagnosed with the chronic autoimmune disease back in 2021.


In a profile with the Los Angeles Times, Applegate said that the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards will be her “last awards show as an actor probably, so it’s kind of a big deal.”

Applegate is nominated for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series for her role as Jen Harding in the dark Netflix show Dead to Me. 

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MS is a degenerative disease that attacks the central nervous system. It can affect vision, memory, balance and mobility and common symptoms include muscle stiffness, vertigo and cognitive impairment. Currently, there is no cure, according to the MS Society of Canada.

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Applegate told the LA Times that she plans to continue working on producing and developing, but acting on-set may be out of the question given her current condition.

“Right now, I couldn’t imagine getting up at 5 a.m. and spending 12 to 14 hours on a set; I don’t have that in me at this moment,” she said, though Applegate does plan on “doing a sh-t ton of voice-overs to make some cash to make sure that my daughter’s fed and we’re homed.”

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Applegate previously revealed that she requires a cane to walk.

Applegate revealed her MS diagnosis in August 2021, while shooting Dead to Me’s third and final season. The show had to take a break from shooting after Applegate began to experience “leg pain and tremors,” leading to her diagnosis.

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The actor insisted on returning to finish the season, even as the disease progressed, which proved to be a vulnerable experience.

“I was a wreck every day, but most of that wreck would take place in my trailer by myself,” Applegate said. “But there were times I’d break down on set and be like, ‘I can’t, we have to take a break, I need a half-hour,’ and everyone was so loving that it was OK.”

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Applegate spoke about how meaningful it was to act alongside co-star and friend Linda Cardellini, who plays Judy Hale in the Netflix comedy, saying that sometimes the “set would disappear.”

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“Everyone kind of disappeared, and it was the two of us as best friends, supporting each other, loving each other and saying goodbye to each other. I’d like to say there was skill involved, but really, Linda and I just disappeared.”

The final season of Dead to Me aired in November 2022, but Applegate said it took her “months” before she was able to watch it.

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“I don’t like seeing myself struggling,” she told the LA Times. “Also, I gained 40 pounds because of inactivity and medications, and I didn’t look like myself, and I didn’t feel like myself.”

“At some point, I was able to distance myself from my own ego and realize what a beautiful piece of television it was. All the scenes I wasn’t in were so much fun to see and experience for the very first time,” she added.

Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, with an estimated 90,000 Canadians living with the disease, according to the MS Society. About 12 Canadians are diagnosed with MS every day.

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