So, what happened to Brendan Fraser? In the early 1990s, the affably hunky actor starred in both quirky comedies like Encino Man and heavy dramas like School Ties. By the late ’90s, Fraser turned to the blockbuster with the action-packed adventure The Mummy. It appeared as if Brendan Fraser was set for superstardom, but then a funny thing happened. His projects began flopping.
In the mid-2000s, after disappointing box office returns and critical pans for Journey to the End of the Night and The Last Time, Fraser seemed destined to join the long list of leading men who vanished from the spotlight. But in 2017, his head-turning portrayal of a menacing prison guard in Showtime’s drama The Affair had audiences remembering one of Hollywood’s erstwhile leading men.
Fraser has largely remained out of the spotlight for a majority of his career. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few crazy Brendan Fraser stories out there. Learn about his acting debut on one of America’s first reality TV programs, which acclaimed British actor wishes he could be as talented as him, and more fun Brendan Fraser facts in this list.
He Almost Died While Making ‘The Mummy’
“I was hanging from the noose standing on a board,” Fraser recalled. “Take one, and [the writer-director] said, ‘The noose doesn’t match the stunt guys.’ Can we bring up the tension a little bit, and we’ll have it.’ They did the take and the camera was on a spin that goes 180 degrees and it shows the prisoners shouting, and then comes down on me at the end of the noose. I figured, ‘I’ll get oxygen and hold my breath,’ and I was up on my toes and something went wrong – and the next thing I knew, I was waking up.”
He Claims He Was Groped By A Former HFPA President
According to Fraser, Berk grabbed his backside and groped him between the legs. Berk claimed he merely pinched him as a joke. Shocked, he asked for a formal apology. After the incident, Fraser said he was rarely invited back to the Golden Globes, and wondered if the HFPA edged him out deliberately.
Sir Ian McKellen Wishes He Could Act As Well As Him
His Fans Started A Change.org Petition On His Behalf
The petition read:
“We are now calling on all networks to please consider Brendan for any upcoming shows/movies that are planned. Brendan is a much loved actor worldwide, people are shocked that he wasn’t at least offered a smaller role in the new Mummy movie. Brendan has been in multiple interviews recently and has appeared to be very down and out, and us loyal fans feel like we are obliged to help him in any way possible. Please help us get Brendan back on his feet again, we miss him.”
The petition was addressed to Netflix, HBO, Showtime, Starz, and Reed Hastings in an effort to drum up interest in the actor’s talent and hopefully secure him some future acting work.
He Made His Acting Debut On ‘America’s Most Wanted’
He’s An Acclaimed Stage Actor
Fraser earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Brick. In Lizzie Loveridge’s review in A Curtain Up, she wrote, “Brendan Fraser does not just give a good performance, he is remarkable. He gets progressively more stupefied as he uses alcohol to cut the pain and detach himself from the memory of his best friend, his family, his wife and the issue of the inheritance. In the first act, as we see him tanned and athletic we can understand Maggie’s desire not just to provide Big Daddy with an heir but to share his bed.”
He Passed On A Huge Comeback
It turns out the studio did not mind moving on without Fraser either. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was brought in to take Brendan’s place, and the family-friendly sequel wound up being a big hit. In fact, two more films are already scheduled for production with Johnson attached to star in both.
He’s The First American-Born Actor To Be Inducted Into Canada’s Walk Of Fame
Fraser carries both an American passport and a Canadian passport, which was enough to earn the actor a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2006. The honor made him the first American-born actor to ever receive a Canadian Star.
Tom Cruise Replaced Him In ‘The Mummy’ Franchise
The studio began looking for a way to reinvigorate the franchise, and Tom Cruise was brought in to replace Fraser. The latest installment, which is considered a reboot, is simply called The Mummy, and is intended to launch a Universal Monsters shared universe. Sadly, Fraser likely won’t be along for the ride.
He’s An Accomplished Photographer
He’s Fluent In French
He’s Coming Back To Hollywood And Bollywood
He Was Terrified To Punch Bill Goldberg On Film
He Admits To Being Boring
During a 2008 interview with The Guardian, Fraser admits, “I’m very boring… People don’t like me, they like the movies. Me personally? Yawn. You do a movie, Hollywood loves you for a while. They love you, they love you, they love you until – oh, they love someone else now.”
He Hurt His Back Badly During Hurricane Sandy
Because of the extremity of the injury and the amount of rehabilitation it took to get him back in action, doctors recommend that Fraser no longer do his own stunts.