Brendan Fraser has entered his Brenaissance with a bang, as the actor recently received the Critics’ Choice Award for his exciting role in Darren Aronofsky’s film “The Whale”. When he returns to Hollywood as the lead actor, the actor reflects on his career and what brought him to this moment. Among the topics he discussed were the physical losses inflicted by his status as an action star. At the same time, he even talked about the difficulties he faced when creating the final film of the Mummy franchise.
The star starred in three Mummy films between 1999 and 2008, and fans still enjoy films that are action-packed and have an Indiana Jones tone. Since films have become a kind of classic over the years, they have, in fact, secured the cinematic basis for Brendan Fraser for many people. But although these films are remembered with love, they did not always give pleasure to the performer of the main role. During an interview with The Telegraph, the actor “George from the Jungle” honestly spoke about how hard films were for his body, especially when he was filming in The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, where he needed serious help:
Every morning I’d pack myself up like a gladiator with muscle tape and ice packs, strapping myself into this transformer-like exoskeleton just to get through the scene.
It sounds extremely painful and, unfortunately, the actor’s work had long-term consequences. The physical demands of the roles he took on early in his career led to him having multiple surgeries in the future. Earlier, the actor said that he had been in and out of hospitals for years, and as a result, he had a partial knee replacement, a laminectomy and surgery on his vocal cords. The physical struggle eventually affected Fraser’s mental health as well. He said he felt self-loathing during the blockbuster era in his career as well.:
Of course, there was self-hatred. I think on some level I felt I deserved it and wanted to be the one to strike the first blow.
The Trust actor seems much happier as his career has revived and he has mostly moved on to a more intimate life. However, physical fitness still plays a role in his latest performance. For the movie “The Whale,” Brendan Fraser weighed almost 300 pounds. prosthetics to accurately portray his character. Prosthetics must obey the laws of physics and gravity in order to be as realistic as possible and help the movements of the star feel like they are alive. The transformation and performance is astounding and could end up earning Fraser an Oscar.
After his turn in the acclaimed drama, Brendan Fraser, along with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, will play the main role in Martin Scorsese’s film “Killers of the Flower Moon”, which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. He is also invited to star in a film called “Brothers”, which was co-written with Ethan Cohen, and starring Josh Brolin and Peter Dinklage. It’s clear that after all the injuries he’s accumulated and the mental health issues he’s faced, Fraser is exactly where he wants to be in terms of career, and frankly, you like to see that.
You can see the Hollywood veteran in the play “The Whale”, which is currently in theaters across the country. Hulu subscribers can also review his stellar role in The Mummy films. Those who want to stay informed when it comes to his future productions should check out our release schedule for new films for 2023.