Brendan Fraser is in the midst of its Renaissance, and most of the audience couldn’t be happier to see it flourish. His heart-wrenching performance in The Whale recently won him a Critics’ Choice Award, and he’s already won big 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 never actually worked with Dwayne Johnson in “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 more. Over the years, this series has become a kind of classic and has attracted the attention of viewers of all ages. Fans will no doubt remember Dwayne Johnson fighting Frazier’s Rick O’Connell as The Scorpion King in the film 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 tape on a stick.
Unfortunately, these two action stars never acted together. Both have incredible charisma and shine on the big screen. Maybe the two will finally be able to act together in a movie in the future. Personally, I’m still rooting for the possibility of another installment of the OG Mummy franchise, and given the advancements in technology since the release of the last film (which came out in 2008), such a film would look spectacular — and work with an excellent script. too. If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past few years, it’s that it’s never too late to move on, and I think people will be happy to see this duo again.
Although Brendan Fraser did not work directly with his co-star, the fake Dwayne Johnson adapted him to play 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 “inhuman” the process can be at times.
“The return of the mummy” was clearly a learning 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 goes on to direct the HBO series Fatal Patrol Max, which has incredibly weird visuals. But 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 carries, and the suit was designed with the laws of physics and gravity in mind. It’s an incredibly physical performance that really shows his range as an actor. In the coming years, it will be interesting to see if the star ever returns to effects-heavy films or reunites with The Rock.
The fans of Brendan Fraser can appreciate his award-winning performance in the movie ‘The Whale’, currently in theaters nationwide. You can also watch him and Dwayne Johnson in The Mummy Returns, which is currently streaming on Hulu. For more information on other movies hitting theaters and airing this year, be sure to check out our 2023 movie release schedule.