To celebrate the big return of Brendan Fraser on the screens, Variety publishes a long portrait of the actor. In Darren Aronofsky’s film The Whale, which marks his reunion with the cinema, he plays a morbidly obese man who tries to reconnect with his teenage daughter as her health deteriorates, a role that has earned him a long and touching standing. ovation at the Venice Film Festival in September. For twelve years, Brendan Fraser was an absent subscriber. In question: family problems, multiple health concerns, depression and an accusation of sexual assault against Philip Berk, the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, in charge in particular of the Golden Globes, who kept away from film sets for many years. However, in 1999, he was the face of the first film The Mummy, a huge box office success with 416 million dollars worldwide and will reprise his role twice, in The Mummy Returns in 2001 then in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in 2008. Variety therefore naturally asked the actor about his desire to return as Rick O’Connell in a potential fourth installment in the saga and Brendan Fraser was rather open to the idea: “I don’t really see how it would work… But I would be for, yes, if someone offered me the right concept”.In 2017, Universal rebooted the film without inviting Brendan Fraser at the party, preferring to offer the lead role to Tom Cruise in a new version that “lack of fun” according to the original actor. He admits, however, that “it’s a difficult film to make”. “The ingredient that we had in our version of The Mummy but that I didn’t find in this remake was fun. That’s what was missing in this incarnation. It was too horrifying an approach. The Mummy is supposed to be a thriller, but not a terrifying or scary one. But I know how hard it is to do, I tried three times.” Besides Aronofsky’s film, we should have seen the resurrected actor in Batgirl, the film which Warner recently canceled. He also appears in the cast of Martin Scorsese’s film, Killers of the Flower Moon in which he plays the role of a lawyer.
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