Brendan Fraser: Why has The Mummy star disappeared from screens? – Movie news

Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale, selected in competition at the Venice Film Festival, marks the return of Brendan Fraser in a leading role. But why did the 90s star disappear from the screens? Back on his journey.

The first photo of Darren Aronofsky’s new film The Whale was unveiled on the occasion of its selection in the Official Competition at the 79th Venice Film Festival last Wednesday. Brendan Fraser appears unrecognizable.

In the feature film adaptation of the play by Samuel D. Hunter, the actor plays Charlie, a man suffering from morbid obesity who weighs 270 kilos. The latter hides in his apartment and desperately tries to get in touch with his daughter again. He soon befriends a sharp-tongued and very unhappy teenager.

This film marks the 53-year-old actor’s return in a leading role. After the success of the saga The Mummy, the actor almost disappeared from the screens. We’ll explain why.

In 1999, Brendan Fraser becomes a world star thanks to the success of The Mummy, which grossed 155 million at the international box office.

7 years back and forth in the hospital

The American actor continues with Endiable, The Return of the Mummy and Collision. Eager to perform his own stunts, he doesn’t hesitate to pay in his own person, nearly choking on the set of The Mummy or seriously burning his hand on the set of Journey to the Center of the Earth in 2007.

“I was surrounded by bandages, ice and hiking pads because they are small and light and fit under clothes. I built myself an exoskeleton every day,” then entrusts the actor, who also undergoes an operation, in particular a laminectomy, a procedure that allows the removal of one or more vertebral sheets.

Then it was a lumbar spine that no longer held and had to be operated on again. One of his knees needed a partial replacement and his vocal cords were failing.


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Brendan Fraser in The Mummy

For 7 years, the actor spent a lot of time in hospitals and paid for what he describes as his wish, “too much power, to the point where it becomes destructive“.

He also questions his pace of work: “I felt like I was going to work over and over again, fixing things that I had already fixed but which kept getting destroyed for everyone’s enjoyment.“.

But his health issues aren’t the only culprits. In an interview with GQ magazine in 2018, the actor admitted to having been sexually abused.

victims of sexual assault

In the summer of 2003, Fraser, debilitated by his health, went to the Beverly Hills Hotel for a dinner organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, an organization particularly concerned with the Golden Globes. On the way home, he gets a call from Philip Berk, former president of the HFPA, who, according to Berk’s version in his autobiography, “pinches his butt.” But Brendan Fraser’s version is very different:

His left hand approached, grabbed my buttocks and one of his fingers touched my anus. And he started moving it“. At that moment, Fraser felt “bad. I felt like a little kid. I had a lump in my throat. I felt like I was about to cry“.

The actor and his reps have since demanded an apology from Berk, who disputes Fraser’s version. However, the former HFPA president wrote the comedian a letter saying: “If I did anything to upset Mr. Fraser, it was unintentional and I apologize.“.


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Brendan Fraser in The Mummy Returns

Liberation possible thanks to the #MeToo movement

Brendan Fraser explains that thanks to the rise of the #MeToo movement he has found the strength to speak out: “I know Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino, I’ve worked with them. I haven’t spoken to them in years, but they are my friends. I followed their wonderful movement and these people who were able to say what I didn’t have the courage to say“.

Ever since talking about it and telling his story, Fraser still says he’s “scared.” He comments: “Do I feel like I need to talk about this? Absolutely. Have I wanted to do it many times? Absolutely. have i given up Absolutely.

After this sexual assault, Brendan Fraser sinks into a long depression that is exacerbated by Joe Dante on the set of Looney Tunes.

In this comedy, the actor provides the answer to cartoon characters, playing a stunt double, Brendan Fraser. He’ll even meet the real Brendan Fraser at the end of the film. In this scene, therefore, the actor gets split on screen and hits himself.”I think at the time I wanted to hit myself before someone else did.”traitor.


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Brendan Fraser in Acting the Looney Tunes

Brendan Fraser has become a shadow of himself and can no longer land a role. “The phone stopped ringing and I began to wonder why. There are many reasons for this, however [ce qui s’est passé avec Berk] is she one of them? I think so.

The actor explains that his depression is also related to his job. “I’m not a shy person, but I felt like I couldn’t be a part of this world of cinema anymore. I no longer felt in my place“.

In 2010, he starred opposite Harrison Ford in Exceptional Measures before turning his back on Hollywood for good. The commercial failure of The Mummy 3 didn’t help matters and Brendan Fraser is replaced by Dwayne Johnson in the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth.


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Brendan Fraser in The Whale

A new era

The actor then only made independent films until his comeback in the Trust series. Fraser is doing much better and seems to be enjoying acting again. He then landed the role of the superhero Robotman aka Clifford Steele in the Doom Patrol series.

The actor says:Maybe sometimes you feel like you’re not up to it, that you’ve failed. It is wrong. It’s a new time, a new era, and positive changes will come from the testimonies of sexual assault. I am optimistic and hopeful“.

2023 marks the actor’s strong comeback as he will be the headliner of The whale from Darren Aronofsky beginning February 23 and will be cast in Martin Scorsese’s film Killers of the Flower Moon, in which he plays the role of a lawyer. Brendan Fraser will also play one of Batman’s enemies, Pyrovol (Firefly in English) in the HBO film Batgirl.

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