Brendan Fraser Says He Would Love to Resurrect 'The Mummy'

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Brendan Fraser Would Love to Resurrect 'The Mummy'Universal

Brendan Fraser is in the middle of a long-overdue return to Hollywood, and now he's teasing a return to one of his most famous film roles: adventurer Rick O'Connell in The Mummy.

"Gosh, I don't know any juicy details about it," Fraser told Deadline's Pete Hammond in a recent interview. "But it's kind of an open-ended question for some time now. I'm not opposed to it. I don't know an actor that doesn't want a job. I don't think I’ve been this famous and unsalaried at the same time in my professional life, so sign me up."

Fraser's tongue-in-cheek "famous and unsalaried" remark is likely a reference to the recent renaissance he has enjoyed in the cultural consciousness having been previously blacklisted for years after speaking frankly about his experience of sexual abuse in the movie industry. That "unsalaried" part, however, shouldn't last much longer: Fraser's starring role in Darren Aronofsky's The Whale is garnering award buzz, and it is safe to say that there is more than enough goodwill towards the actor remaining among moviegoers to secure him more work.

Whether that might take the form of another dramatic performance or a Mummy sequel is a different question, but Fraser has gone on the record as being "all in" on returning to the franchise, saying in 2019: "Absolutely! Just gotta say, I know how hard it is to make that movie. I tried to do it three times, and the essential ingredient is fun. You gotta remember to have fun. So if there’s a fun way to approach it again, I’m all in."

brendan fraser, the mummy
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Fraser first played rogue-turned-family-man Rick in Stephen Sommers' 1999 remake of The Mummy alongside Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Oded Fehr. He reprised the character in 2001's The Mummy Returns and 2008's The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. The franchise was then rebooted in 2017 with Tom Cruise in the lead, as part of Universal Studios' efforts to launch a cinematic universe encompassing all of its legacy horror characters. That attempt famously flopped, leaving the sarcophagus door wide open for Fraser to return.

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