What Happened to Brendan Fraser?
Brendan Fraser was once one of the biggest names in Hollywood but a traumatizing event almost ended his career for good
In the late-90s and early-00s, Brendan Fraiser was picked to be the next big action star and leading man. He was one of the most sought-after men in Hollywood, but he disappeared virtually overnight. Fraser’s rise and fall is an all too familiar story in Hollywood, but thankfully there is some hope and light at the end.
Brendan Fraser’s Early Career
Brendan Fraser starred in a few screwball comedians like Airheads and George of the Jungle before making it big as the star of The Mummy franchise.
The Mummy Series generated over $1.2 billion at the box office and made Fraser a household name and a bonafide action star.
THE MUMMY starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz was released 23 years ago today! pic.twitter.com/n4zx7DrxoI
— More Butter 🧈 (@morebuttertv) May 7, 2022
But Fraser starred in a few flops, including Inkheart and Monkeybone.
I seen some people talking about Brendan Fraser lately & I felt like hyping the under-rated classic Monkeybone starring him cus I DONT ever see people talking about it. It has some of the most crazy cool art direction I’ve seen in a movie from that era. pic.twitter.com/hPkM6NGARK
— 𖤐your aardvark looks GNC af𖤐 (@Cadaverrdog) May 11, 2020
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Sabbatical & “Blacklisted”
Brendan Fraser retreated from the spotlight for a few years, mainly doing animated or foreign films. In an interview with GQ, Fraser claimed that he was blacklisted in Hollywood after being sexually harassed by the President of the Hollywood Foreign Press.
We ready to talk about how Brendan Fraser’s career got fucked because he was sexually harassed and chose not to be silent about it? https://t.co/ZXNeqd6Jt5
— Are the tilapias ok? (@M_F_Ninja) April 22, 2021
Fraser recounts being groped by former HFPA president Philip Berk, an incident that Fraser said left him traumatized, blaming himself.
But still, Fraser says, “I became depressed.” He started telling himself he deserved what had happened to him. “I was blaming myself and I was miserable—because I was saying, ‘This is nothing; this guy reached around and he copped a feel.’ That summer wore on—and I can’t remember what I went on to work on next.”
Fraser’s career would fizzle, and he would retreat from the spotlight and Hollywood in general.
Brendan Fraser’s Return To Hollywood
But good news, after nearly a decade out of the spotlight, Brendan is slowly coming back, and he has some huge movies coming down the pike!
Brendan Fraser upcoming projects:
• The Whale (dir: Darren Aronofsky)
• Killers of the Flower Moon (dir: Martin Scorsese) – w/ Jesse Plemons, Leonardo DiCaprio
• Brothers (dir: Max Barbakow) – w/ Glenn Close, Peter Dinklage
• Batgirl (dir: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah) pic.twitter.com/I5fn4h6OxZ
— Film Updates (@FilmUpdates) October 25, 2021
He played a gigantic gangster in Stephen Soderberg’s No Sudden Move.
Brendan Fraser in “No Sudden Move” has salvaged 2022. 😙👌🏼 pic.twitter.com/LXHpgZHYCU
— Bennett Slater (@BennettSlater) January 29, 2022
He was cast as the lead in the Darren Aronofsky film The Whale.
Darren Aronofsky’s ‘The Whale’ is reportedly not ready to screen at the Cannes Film Festival & A24 is instead eyeing a Venice premiere.
— Cinema Solace (@solacecinema) April 6, 2022
He also joined the cast of Martin Scorsese’s Killers Of The Flower Moon.
And the villain in the upcoming Batgirl movie.
Our first look at Brendan Fraser as Firefly for the Batgirl show!!! This should be on the big screen, man. Still amped for it!!! pic.twitter.com/47JurdVPAl
— TASK the Ol’ Nerdy Bastard (@UpToTASK) March 2, 2022
— Formerly known as Oracle (@FourEyed_Rhea) December 4, 2021
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