The movie wasn’t enjoyable, says Brendan Fraser of the dud The Mummy reboot was directed by Tom Cruise.
The actor, 53, said the 2017 box office flop ‘lacked the fun’ seen in 1999’s The Mummy, 2001’s The Mummy Returns, and 2008’s The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. He played adventurer Rick O’Connell in three of the hit franchise’s films.
Brendan, whose performance in The Whale has him heavily projected for awards season glory, told Variety that making the movie was challenging. Fun was a quality that our Mummy possessed that I didn’t notice in the new one.That was the thing that was missing in that form. It was an overly straightforward horror film. The Mummy should be exciting but not horrifying or frightening.
The actor remarked, “I don’t know how it would work,” when asked if he would be open to repeating his role as the courageous Rick. However, if the correct idea was put forth, I’d be game. Oscar nominee Cruise had wanted to revitalise The Mummy series, but it was roundly criticised and cost Universal Studios $60 to $100 million.
In contrast, The Mummy from 1999, which had a $80 million budget, made $416.4 million.All of this is to argue that not only is The Mummy the worst movie that Tom Cruise has ever done, it’s also definitely the worst movie that Tom Cruise has ever made — it sticks out like a flat note on a grand piano, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich said at the time.
Brendan spoke on the choice to cancel the $100 million Batgirl movie, in which he played Ted Carson/Firefly, in another section of the interview.
Leslie Grace played the title character in the origin movie, which Warner Bros decided to drop when it received negative test reviews. It was supposed to air on HBO Max at some point this year.
It’s tragic, Brendan said. It doesn’t foster trust between the studio and the filmmakers. Leslie Grace did a great job. She is a powerhouse and an excellent performer. Everything we shot was authentic and thrilling, the exact opposite of creating a simple computerised, all-green-screen thing. At three in the morning, they drove firetrucks through Glasgow’s downtown while brandishing flamethrowers. Despite having a large budget, the film was only left with the fundamentals.
With River Phoenix in the 1991 film Dogfight, Fraser made his acting debut as a sailor. The following year, in 1992, Encino Man gave him his big break.
He portrayed the role of Link, a caveman who had been frozen for ages and was taught about modern life by two high school students.
He was cast in the critically acclaimed children’s film series George of the Jungle and The Mummy after the movie’s popularity.
He became a Hollywood heartthrob as he ran around the sets performing stunts for high-action films because to his unbelievable sculpted figure. Fraser, though, acknowledged the physical toll the exploits had on his body in a later interview. He claimed that the physical demands of his jobs made him feel like a workhorse from Animal Farm by George Orwell.After becoming famous through the high-octane movies, Fraser compared his muscular body to “a walking steak.”
However, the actor admitted in the same interview that he thought he had been blacklisted from Hollywood because of his allegations that Philip Berk, the former head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, had sexually attacked him in 2003.
He disclosed the incident to his then-wife, Afton Smith, but he never made it known to the public. Instead, Berk’s representatives requested a written apology, which he delivered but which did not include an admission of guilt.
Fraser claimed that after making the claim to the HFPA, he may have been “blacklisted” because he was infrequently asked back to the Golden Globes. Fraser claimed that the incident led to his “retreating” as he descended into depression.
As the decade went on, he claimed he began to feel “unworthy,” which prompted him to accept roles he was less pleased of. His marriage was also disintegrating at the same time.
His career took off in 2016 after he was chosen for the Dominic West and Ruth Wilson–starring Showtime thriller The Affair.
In order to promote the role, Fraser sat down for an interview with AOL in 2016. His demeanour during the interview, however, alarmed his fans.
People started to worry that he was “depressed” since he tripped over his sentences and seemed a little disoriented. Fraser eventually admitted that his mother had died of cancer four days before to the interview, though.
He said that it had been a while since he had done press for a job and that, at the time of the interview, he was “in grief.”By 2018, Fraser’s career seemed to be on the mend after he co-starred in the FX series Trust with A-list actors Donald Sutherland and Hilary Swank.
In 1973, J. Paul Getty, a wealthy businessman, hired James Fletcher Chase, a former CIA agent, to find Getty’s kidnapped grandson.After the show’s premiere, Vox predicted it may be the start of the “Brendan Fraser renaissance”; this prediction may now have come true as Fraser is reportedly in the running for multiple accolades for his role in The Whale.