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Brendan Fraser reveals he would 'absolutely' return to The Mummy franchise

Emma Guinness

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Brendan Fraser reveals he would 'absolutely' return to The Mummy franchise

Brendan Fraser is having a legendary comeback and he's now talking about a possible reprise of one of his most famous roles.

The actor, now 53, made the revelation as part of a new interview where he took a look back at his most iconic characters, including The Mummy's Rick O'Connell.

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"We rode our own camels, we wielded our own weapons, we fought one and another," he said.

"We ran around in the heat of the Desert of War Aza in Morocco.

"All of that gave it an authenticity that I think globally made it more appealing. Then you know, if it had been shot in Arizona or New Mexico."

He said the director was insistent that film was shot in the same place as Lawrence of Arabia (1963) and he ultimately found it a 'thrilling' project to be a part of as it came with a real sense of 'danger'.

Fraser was just as enthusiastic about the second film, The Mummy Returns, which was released in 2001, and described it as 'more of the same'.

He also revealed that he never actually met Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson until after its release because their scenes together were created using CGI.

"Of course they put him in CGI later," he said. "I know, I know. Be kind! The guys who did the CGI of the Scorpion King, [I saw them] at the premiere and they were like, 'Hey, how are you? We did the Scorpion King CGI. Yeah we needed a little more time. It was very last minute.'"

However, he said Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor was very much 'its own film', but admitted that physically, the work started to take its toll on him.

Fraser also revealed that he sustained multiple injuries on set.

Brendan Fraser said it was thrilling to be a part of The Mummy franchise. Credit: Alamy / ScreenProd / Photononstop
Brendan Fraser said it was thrilling to be a part of The Mummy franchise. Credit: Alamy / ScreenProd / Photononstop

But this hasn't put him off doing similar work in the future and he's more than happy for stunt doubles - aka 'younger guys' - to take on certain shots.

When asked if he'd return to the franchise, he said: "Absolutely. Got a script?

"Yeah, that was great fun. Are you kidding me?"

Fraser's revelations about the franchise come after he recently made his return to the silver screen in The Whale, which premiered to rave reviews in September.

The film's synopsis reads: "An obese and reclusive English teacher tries to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption."

"If Brendan Fraser, Hong Chau and Sadie Sink don't get Oscar-nominations for The Whale then I'll be mad," praised one critic. "Their performances are as fantastic as they are devastating. Highly recommend checking out this film as soon as you can."

Featured Image Credit: GQ/YouTube/Maximum Film/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: TV and Film, Brendan Fraser, Celebrity

Emma Guinness
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