Brendan Fraser is finally opening up about the possibility of him doing a “The Mummy” reboot, saying he’s not opposed to the idea. The actor previously played the lead role of adventurer Rick O’Connell in three films from 1999 to 2008. During a recent interview, Fraser said he’s very open to the idea but doesn’t know any juicy details about the project so far.
The actor criticized the Tom Cruise-led reboot of the “The Mummy,” saying it was just a “straight-ahead horror.” The film itself performed moderately at cinemas and was highly criticized by film critics, losing over $90 million in production costs.
Fraser recently returned to Hollywood with “The Whale,” in which he portrays a 600-pound man trying to reconnect with his daughter. When the movie premiered at the Venice Film Festival, it received a six-minute standing ovation, which made Fraser emotional. He’s also earned multiple awards for his performance, which he’s said has been “gratifying and eye-opening.”
Read on to find out more.
Brendan Fraser Is Open To A ‘The Mummy’ Reboot
During a recent interview with Deadline, Fraser spoke about the possibility of him doing a “Mummy” reboot. The 54-year-old revealed that he’s very open to the idea of reclaiming the role of adventurer Rick O’Connell in the future. Fraser had previously portrayed O’Connell in three “The Mummy” films, from 1999 to 2008.
During the interview, Fraser said per New York Post, “Gosh, I don’t know any juicy details about it, but it’s kinda been an open-ended question for some time now. I’m not opposed to it. I don’t know an actor who doesn’t want a job.”
The “Inkheart” actor also joked that he doesn’t think he’s been “this famous and unsalaried at the same time” in his professional life, so he’s ready to take on good-paying roles. He added jokingly, “We’ve all got to start somewhere.”
Brendan Fraser Criticized Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’
Fraser also criticized Cruise’s reboot of the “Mummy” film from 2017, saying the movie largely missed the mark. He said, “It is hard to make that movie. The ingredient that we had going for our’ Mummy,’ which I didn’t see in that film, was fun. That was what was lacking in that incarnation.”
The “Bedazzled” actor also said Cruise’s reboot was more of a “straight-ahead horror movie.” However, Fraser said he understands that it’s difficult to pull off a “The Mummy” movie, saying he “tried to do it three times.” He’s not the only one who’s criticized the 2017 film, as it didn’t do well with film critics and also lost over $90 million to high marketing and production costs.
He Returned To Hollywood With ‘The Whale’
For years, Fraser was absent from Hollywood and recently made his comeback with his role in “The Whale.” The Darren Aronofsky film is a story of a 600-pound man trying to fix his relationship with his estranged daughter. The movie has received a lot of praise, notably a six-minute standing ovation when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2022.
Fraser, in particular, has received a lot of praise for his performance in the film, including a nomination at the 2023 Golden Globes. At the Venice premiere, the actor got very emotional during the applause, repeatedly hugging director Aronofsky. The applause increased when Fraser attempted to leave the theater, prompting him to bow before the audience.
Brendan Fraser Says The Praise Has Been Gratifying
During a conversation with People magazine at the recent Palm Springs International Film Awards, where Fraser won the Spotlight Award, he spoke about the praise from the film. He said, “It’s been gratifying, it’s been eye-opening. It has made me have a sense of accomplishment by way of seeing how this story is changing people’s hearts and minds.”
Fraser acknowledged that this isn’t an opportunity that comes around often and said he feels “very fortunate and lucky to be a part of it.” He also said, “It invigorates me to see the positive effects that this film is having on its audience. And after everything’s said and done about giving a performance and a film that’s popular, that’s all fine and well and wonderful.”