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​Brendan Fraser Reveals Why His Career Disappeared Into Obscurity

Jess Hardiman

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​Brendan Fraser Reveals Why His Career Disappeared Into Obscurity

When you come to think of it, these days we don't tend to see much of Brendan Fraser, who starred in various hit films throughout the 1990s and 2000s including The Mummy trilogy, George of the Jungle, Bedazzled and Crash.

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And according to a new interview with GQ, there's a number of pretty good reasons for that.

Firstly, Fraser found himself in and out of hospital for almost seven years, having to undergo several surgeries including a laminectomy, a couple of lumbar (spine-related) surgeries, a partial knee replacement and repairs on his vocal cords. For someone who's been known for his roles in energetic action movies, you can imagine such injuries and health issues would pose more than just a bit of a problem, and would effect his ability to complete that all-important stunt work.

Credit: Buena Vista Pictures
Credit: Buena Vista Pictures

Across a 10-year period, Fraser also had to overcome many personal obstacles.

He toldGQ: "I changed houses, I went through a divorce. Some kids were born. I mean, they were born, but they're growing up.

"I was going through things that mould and shape you in ways that you're not ready for until you go through them."

As part of his kids (Griffin, 15, Holden, 13 and Leland, 11) 'growing up', Fraser's found it important to invest a lot of energy into family time.

"Griffin's rated on the autism spectrum," Fraser explains. "So he needs extra love in the world, and he gets it - and his brothers, ever since they were small. One was always the spokesperson and the other was the enforcer."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

In 2016 his mother then passed away - just days before he gave a particularly awkward and difficult interview with AOL's YouTube channel, which became widely mocked on the internet after it went viral.

"I buried my mom," Fraser explained. "I think I was in mourning, and I didn't know what that meant."

While the actor was a favourite name in the family movie market - particularly adventure capers like The Mummy and Journey to the Centre of the Earth- he also worked on drama projects, including 2004's emotional Crash, which focused on racial and social tensions in Los Angeles. It also won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing, along with a flurry of other high profile awards.

He's now making the move into TV, starring in an upcoming series called Trust, which focuses on the 1973 abduction of John Paul Getty III - the heir to the Getty Oil company and also the subject of 2017 flick All The Money In The World.

The first season has been directed by Danny Boyle and will premiere in the States in late March.

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Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, Brendan Fraser

Jess Hardiman
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