Brendan Fraser is in the midst of his Brenaissance, and most of the public couldn’t be happier to see him flourish. His heartbreaking performance in the movie “The Whale” recently earned him the Critics’ Choice Award, and he has already gained great fame at the Oscars. While doing press for the film, he also reflected on his career, including his work as an action star in The Mummy films. During the interview, the “George of the Jungle” star revealed that he had never actually worked with Dwayne Johnson in the movie “The Mummy Returns,” but it apparently helped him master a new kind of acting.
Brendan Fraser was a guest on the Drew Barrymore show, during which he chatted with the titular host about the Mummy franchise and much more. Over the years, this series has become a kind of classic and attracted the attention of viewers of all ages. Fans will undoubtedly remember that Dwayne Johnson fought Fraser’s Rick O’Connell as the Scorpion King in the movie “The Mummy Returns,” which was the former wrestler’s acting debut. Interestingly, Fraser revealed that he never actually played with the Rock in the film because during the scenes with their characters, he was digitally added to the film using computer graphics. Fraser said:
I’m very good at [playing against a tennis ball]. Do you know why? Because in “The Mummy Returns,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was just a piece of scotch on a stick.
Unfortunately, these two action stars have never performed together. They both have incredible charisma and shine on the big screen. Perhaps the two could finally act together in a movie in the future. Personally, I still support the possibility of releasing another part of the OG Mummy franchise, and given the development of technology since the release of the last film (released in 2008), such a film will look spectacular — and will work with an excellent script. also. If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last few years, it’s that it’s never too late to continue, and I think people would love to see this duo again.
Although Brendan Fraser did not work with his colleague directly, the fake Dwayne Johnson adapted him to perform with an inanimate stage partner. Many modern action/fantasy films use computer graphics to create characters that would be difficult to create in practice. This creates problems for actors who often have to play with inanimate objects in a green screen environment. Marvel veteran Mark Ruffalo commented on how “inhumane” the process can be at times.
“The Return of the Mummy” was clearly an instructive experience for the actor, who subsequently starred in many films focused on computer graphics. He starred in Looney Tunes: Back in Action, which he mentioned during a conversation with Drew Barrymore. He also continues to direct the HBO series Fatal Patrol Max, which has incredibly strange visuals. However, in his new film “The Whale”, the actor managed to really immerse himself in the world of practical effects. In the film, Fraser wears a suit that mimics the weight his character is carrying, and the suit is created taking into account the laws of physics and gravity. It’s an incredible physical performance that really shows his range as an actor. In the coming years, it will be interesting to see if the star will ever return to films with heavy effects or reunite with The Rock.
Fans of Brendan Fraser can appreciate his award-winning performance in the movie “The Whale”, which is currently in theaters across the country. You can also watch him and Dwayne Johnson in the movie “The Mummy Returns,” which is currently streaming on a Hulu subscription. For more information about other films that will be released in theaters and broadcast this year, be sure to check out our 2023 movie release schedule.