While we live in the Fraser sance, actor Brendan Fraser has been a beloved figure in Hollywood for decades. Outside performances George of the Jungle, Enchantedand Blast from the pasthis most famous role is probably that of Rick O’Connell in The mummy trilogy. Speak with GK in one of their signature “Breaks Down Most Iconic Characters” videos, Fraser talked about his time leading the action adventure franchise, specifically his time making the third film, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperorand how the injuries he sustained during the movie changed his outlook forever.
“So first of all, look, it’s an action movie. Rob Cohen directed this one, Steve Summers was executive producer, so it had a different spirit, a different character,” Fraser recalled. “It was a lot of fighting, a lot of falling, boom. I always played every role I had up to that point, as kinetic as possible, as physical as possible and concerned with what the action of the character was. I was trying to get my intent and my point across What can I say, it caught up with me.’
He continued: “I had a few injuries that turned into an injury again. Like they said I played injured you know? So I would wrap up and tape you do the things you need to do to get through and we do all of them and I love to do that but it meant I had to start thinking about how I could work smart instead of hard. Around the time I made that movie, that was kind of a fundamental shift in my approach. And now when it comes because while I’m doing this stuff I just look at the young guys and say, ‘You’re going to be great in the picture, man'”
Despite all this talk of injuries in the last movie, which was released over 14 years ago, Fraser remains interested in a possible return to the series. When asked about it in the video, his enthusiasm was palpable and he replied, “Absolutely. Do you have a script?”
At a time when Legacy Sequels are all the rage and Tom Cruise’s reboot of The Mummy was an abysmal bust (though it grossed over $400 million worldwide), the potential for a Mummy 4 starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz was almost a guaranteed hit. At least Universal Pictures should think about the.
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