The comeback of a 90s' legend
A physical change
His beginnings as a stuntman in Los Angeles
Encino Man: his big jump to Hollywood
A teen comedy actor
Years of success
His body started to fail him
Victim of sexual harassment
Groped
Depressed
Going public after 15 years
Physical injuries
Divorce
Acting in small productions
Slowly re-establishing himself as an actor
Several works waiting to be released
Extra pounds: a script's demand
'The Whale' is going to make a big impression
'Killers of the Flower Moon'
'Behind the Curtain of Night'
Firefly, the villain in ‘Batgirl’
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Brendan Fraser: how the 'Mummy' actor went to hell and back
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The comeback of a 90s' legend

Brendan Fraser became one of the most demanded actors in Hollywood in the 90s and 00s, starring in ‘George of the Jungle’ and the film saga 'The Mummy.' However, for many reasons, he would enter years of ostracism. By now, he seems to have put his problems behind him.

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Brendan Fraser: how the 'Mummy' actor went to hell and back
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A physical change

When Brendan Fraser went to the Tribeca Festival for the presentation of the movie 'No Sudden Move,' in the summer of 2021, he showed a remarkable physical change. Social media and tabloids commented on his weight gain. What happened to the good old Brendan Fraser?

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Brendan Fraser: how the 'Mummy' actor went to hell and back
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His beginnings as a stuntman in Los Angeles

Brendan Fraser's interest in the acting world started in his teenage years. In 1990, he graduated in theater from the Cornish College of Art in Seattle, and the next year he moved to LA to try his luck. There, he got a small part as a stuntman in which he had to be thrown against a pinball machine. The result? "I believe I fractured a rib," stated the actor. This would only be the first warning in quite a bumpy ride…

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Brendan Fraser: how the 'Mummy' actor went to hell and back
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Encino Man: his big jump to Hollywood

His small encounter with the pinball machine was key for Brendan Fraser to be chosen to star in 'Encino Man,' along with Sean Astin. In this teen comedy, he plays a cavern man who wakes up in the 90s in Los Angeles.

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A teen comedy actor

Just like the cavern man in ‘Encino Man’, Fraser also woke up as an actor. And the doors of Hollywood opened for him… In his first years, he shared the screen with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Chris O’Donnell in ‘School Ties’ (1992); with Joe Pesci in ‘With Honors’ (1994); with Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler in ‘Airheads’ (1994); and with Albert Brooks in ‘The Scout’ (1994).

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Brendan Fraser: how the 'Mummy' actor went to hell and back
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Years of success

But it was with ‘George of the Jungle’ in 1997 that Brendan Fraser became one of the most demanded actors of the moment. From there, he would be in the successful film saga ‘The Mummy’ and in other movies like ‘Blast from the Past’ (1998), ‘Bedazzled’ (2000), ‘The Quiet American’ (2000), and ‘Crash’ (2006), among others.

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His body started to fail him

Sadly, it's easy to fall from heaven to hell. Little by little, Brendan Fraser started to enter a crisis that kept increasing. His first problems came from an excessive workload which began to affect his body. In a GQ interview, he declared: "I was really trying too hard, in a self-destructive way." Injuries and stress began to take their toll.

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Victim of sexual harassment

In 2003, his problems worsened as the actor was sexually harassed. He disclosed the incident in an interview in 2018. It was the reason why, slowly, he began to retreat from public life and enter a dangerous path for his professional career.

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Groped

It happened at the Beverly Hills hotel, after a lunch organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). As he was leaving the hotel that day, Brendan Fraser bumped into journalist Philip Berk who, at the time, was president of the association in charge of awarding the Golden Globes. At that moment, Berk grabbed the actor’s behind.

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"I thought I was going to cry"

In an interview with GQ where the actor described the events, he stated: "His left hand reaches around, grabs my a** cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint. And he starts moving it around. I felt ill, I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry."

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Brendan Fraser: how the 'Mummy' actor went to hell and back
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Depressed

On his part, Berk said that it was all a fabrication. Fraser went to the HFPA but "the silence was deafening." After 2003, he was rarely invited to the Golden Globes anymore. The incident pushed Fraser into isolation. "I became depressed," the actor said. "I was blaming myself and I was miserable."

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Brendan Fraser: how the 'Mummy' actor went to hell and back
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Going public after 15 years

It took Brendan Fraser 15 years - from 2003 to 2018 - to dare to speak publicly about the matter. He joined the #MeToo movement in which many of his colleagues stepped forward to report similar abuse situations. For him, it had caused serious problems in his professional career.

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Physical injuries

During those years, his depression went together with the multiple injuries he had accumulated while shooting his movies. Brendan Fraser had to undergo surgery several times, which also affected his morale.

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Divorce

Problems also appeared in his private life. His visits to hospitals coincided with the end of his marriage with actress Afton Smith. They had been married for nine years - and dated five more years - and the couple had three children together: Griffin (2002), Holden (2004), and Leland (2006).

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Acting in small productions

The physical and mental crisis he was suffering, along with the feeling that Berk and the association would do anything to sabotage his career, didn’t stop Brendan Fraser from working. He began to participate in much smaller productions, though, and slowly the general public forgot about him.

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Slowly re-establishing himself as an actor

The beginning of the comeback of Brendan Fraser would come in 2016 when he was cast as the melancholic prison officer John Gunther in the series ‘The Affair’. From that moment on, and especially thanks to the morale boost of his public confession in 2018, he has been able to re-establish himself with new roles in productions like ‘Trust’, ‘Titans’ and ‘Doom Patrol’.

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Several works waiting to be released

Nowadays, Brendan Fraser is living a 'second youth' as an actor. In 2021, ‘No Sudden Move’ appeared, and he also stars in three movies waiting to be released: ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,' by Martin Scorsese; ‘The Whale’ by Darren Aronofsky; and ‘Behind the Curtain of Night,' all of them for release in 2022.

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Extra pounds: a script's demand

His noticeable weight gain is not a problem for the actor. In ‘The Whale,' a movie in which he plays a 600-pound literature professor that lives trapped in his sofa and tries to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter, he had the right shape and size.

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'The Whale' is going to make a big impression

As Brendan Fraser hinted in an interview with Newsweek about 'The Whale': "It has nothing to do with anything I've done before, but I can tell, even if I haven't seen it yet, it's going to make a big impression."

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'Killers of the Flower Moon'

In ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,' Brendan Fraser appears with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in a movie that tells the experiences of the native Osage tribe in the United States who were murdered one by one in strange circumstances and how it was investigated.

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'Behind the Curtain of Night'

‘Behind the Curtain of Night’ is the story about a man that comes back to life and is able to see his past lives… Other stars in its cast are Marcia Cross and Dawn Olivieri.

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Firefly, the villain in ‘Batgirl’

Finally, Brendan Fraser will also become Firefly, the villain of the new DC Universe and HBO movie ‘Batgirl.' He shares the screen with Leslie Grace, who plays the superheroine, and is directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the directors of ‘Bad Boys for Life’ (2020).

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