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Brendan Fraser Says Doing His Own Stunts Left His Body Ruined

Brendan Fraser Says Doing His Own Stunts Left His Body Ruined

The actor spent seven years in and out of hospital

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

Actor Brendan Fraser has spoken out about how doing his own stunts left him broken.

The Mummy actor has pretty much kept out of the limelight for the past ten years, and has recently revealed it spent 'seven years in and out of hospital' due a number of injuries he sustained while doing his own stunts.

The 49-year-old star told GQ: "By the time I did the third Mummy picture in China, I was put together with tape and ice.

"I was building an exoskeleton for myself daily."


He then opened up about the various treatments and procedures he had to undergo to try and fix the multitude of problem he had picked up - including an operation to remove a portion of vertebra in his lower back to make room within his spinal canal.

And if that doesn't sound traumatic enough, the actor went on to tell GQ that the procedure - called a lumbar laminectomy - didn't take and he had to go through it all over again the following year.

He has also had surgery to help fix his damaged vocal cords and a partial knee replacement.

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As well as being in and out of hospital, other personal issues crept up meaning that star wasn't picking up roles like he used to.

"I changed houses, I went through a divorce," he told GQ. "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."

Fraser, who has three sons Griffin, Holden and Leland, also decided to spend more time with his family.


He said: "Griffin's rated on the autism spectrum. 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."

However, after his extended hiatus, the actor is heading back to our screens, starring in Trust, a series based on the kidnap of John Paul Getty III.

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Topics: TV and Film, Brendan Fraser, US Entertainment