Brendan Fraser53, was asked if he ever attended a revival of The Mummy franchise during an interview with Variety on October 12. “I don’t know how it will work,” Brendan told the outlet. “But I’d be open to it if someone with the right swagger came along.” Brendan memorably played Rick O’Connell in it Stephen Sommers‘ The Mummy trilogy, which ran from 1999 to 2008 and was extremely popular with fans.
In 2017, The Mummy franchise was rebooted with Tom cruise, 60, who replaces Brendan as the leading man. The film, directed by Alex Kurtzman, completely flopped at the box office and was critically panned. “It’s hard to make that movie,” Brendan said Varietywhen discussing Tom’s failed The Mummy Movie.
“The ingredient we had for our Mummy, which I didn’t see in that film, was fun. That was what was missing in that incarnation,” he added. “It was too much of a straight-ahead horror movie. ‘The Mummy’ should be a thrill ride, but not scary and terrifying.”
The Mummy director Stephen Sommers also spoke Variety about why he cast Brendan in the trilogy. “He could punch and punch and he had a great sense of humor,” Stephen explained. “You really like the guy. He never comes across as conceited or arrogant.” Stephen also said that Brendan was “game” to do any stunts, even when he injured his knee in the process.
Brendan recently reunited with his ex The Mummy co-star Michelle Yeoh at an awards ceremony at the Toronto International Film Festival. The two actors took a photo together 14 years after Michelle joined the franchise for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, where she played immortal sorcerer Zi Yuan. Brendan and Michelle were recognized at TIFF for their respective roles in the films Every everything everywhere at once and The Whale.
In The WalesBrendan plays an overweight teacher struggling with obesity and his estranged relationship with his daughter, played by strange things star Sadie Sink. Brendan is generating Oscar buzz for his performance, and when the movie premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, he received a 6-minute standing ovation from the audience.