Brendan Fraser recounts his first meeting with his Mummy Returns co-star, Dwayne Johnson, months after filming was completed.
Although they played in The mummy returns together, Brendan Fraser has revealed that his first meeting with Dwayne Johnson took place long after filming wrapped up. The mummy returns was the sequel to the action-adventure fantasy film the mummy, itself a remake of the 1932 film of the same name. It is written and directed by Stephen Sommers. Fraser starred in the film alongside Rachel Weisz, John Hannah and Arnold Vosloo in the titular role.
In 2001, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joined the original mom cast for the sequel, starring Mathayus, aka the Scorpion King, a villain with a mission to take over the world. Despite mixed reviews, after the commercial success of The mummy returns Johnson went on to direct a prequel movie called The Scorpion King5000 years before the events of The mummy. While the two actors never shared the screen properly because Johnson’s character was largely computer generated, Johnson has spoken out about his support of Fraser as the mom actor drums up awards for his role in Darren Aronofsky’s The whale. Now Fraser has responded in kind.
In an interview with Variety (through CinemaBlend), Fraser finally remembers meeting Johnson at the reception for: The mummy returns. Fraser humorously acknowledges how strange it was to share the screen with someone, only to meet them in person months after filming. Check out what he has to say about his former opponent’s continued support below:
I thought that was very nice of him. The first time I met him was at the reception after The Mummy Returns. We hadn’t met in person before then, although we were fighting on screen. But every time I worked with him, he was just a piece of tape on a stick. So it was nice to go, ‘Hey, man. How are you? We finally meet!’
Brendan Fraser has received a lot of support
Johnson isn’t alone in celebrating Fraser’s recent comeback. Fraser’s most recent role in The Whale, marking its triumphant return to the Hollywood A-list, was met with overwhelming positivity, including a now-viral six-minute standing ovation at the film’s screening at the Venice Film Festival. Since Fraser is not only a much-loved actor, but also an outspoken advocate for sexual abuse survivors who is publicly open about his own trauma, many agree that the “Brenaissance” is more than well deserved. Johnson’s public support for Fraser just shows how much people are excited for him.
Moreover, it seems that Fraser’s return has only just begun. With the momentum The whale his career, the actor has a host of high profile roles lined up, including as the character WS Hamilton opposite fellow Hollywood icons Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon. Fraser’s highly anticipated comeback can be watched by the public when The whale will hit theaters later this year. It could lead to some repeat viewings of the mummy and The mummy returns while viewers look back on the actor’s distinguished career.
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