Dear readers, Brendan Fraser is going through some stuff right now. After starring in The Mummy franchise, Encino Man, and the mind-bogglingly popular Monkeybone, he dropped off the map, making some fans wonder, “Is Brendan Fraser dead?” First, no. Duh. If he were dead, you would be crying so hard that you wouldn’t be able to read these words.
For almost 20 years, he was dropping in at the cinema with an alarming regularity, and it seemed like audiences would be dealing with his affable Canadian face for the rest of eternity. But then he disappeared. So what is Brendan Fraser doing?
You’ll come to find that Brendan Fraser spends most of his days working on the business of Brendan Fraser, and he’s trying to get his life back on track. Unfortunately, there have been so many setbacks for this one-time superstar that he may never again ascend to the heights he once knew. Keep reading to learn about Brendan Fraser's career, life, and everything in between.
How the mighty have fallen. Fraser had a good run beginning in 1992 with Encino Man, and leading all the up to 2008's The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. But the film and its star's popularity were waning, and after that, you would have to be a Fraser superfan to name anything he's appeared in.
To add insult to injury, he makes an uncredited appearance in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which is just depressing.
Even though he appeared in some very big hit movies in the '90s and early 2000s, Fraser's money didn't last. Aside from a few very public spats with his ex-wife and some medical issues, the real reason it seems like Fraser ran out of cash is because he has three kids!
That means on top of paying child support, he's buying Christmas presents, birthday gifts, and taking them to Universal Studios so they can sit on the Mummy ride for hours at a time, hoping that someone will recognize their father.
If you spend enough time in Hollywood, this kind of thing is bound to happen. In 2012, Todd Moyer, one of the producers of William Tell, claimed that an "intoxicated" Fraser ran into him at the Hilton Hotel in Indianapolis on July 27, 2011, and started to "physically push, verbally threaten and poke [Moyer] in the chest repeatedly."
Moyer said that a similar incident occurred six months later in the offices of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Moyer sued Fraser, asking for $25,000 in damages stemming from the extreme mental anguish and physical pain of Fraser's attack.
You know about the Mandela Effect, right? The phenomenon by which a popular narrative develops that contradicts or misrepresents the truth? Brendan Fraser has suffered brutally at the hands of the critical narrative. By this permutation of the Mandela Effect, the world mostly only remembers Fraser from goofy comedies and critically panned box office disasters.
But that's only one side of BF. Fraser was praised for his performances in The Quiet American and Gods and Monsters. In the latter, he starred opposite Ian McKellen, who, in an interview with NPR, remembered Fraser with fondness, saying "We got on terribly well. Canadian, theater background, so we rehearsed together sometime - and usually without the director. We went to the script together. We noted things of mutual interest."
In 2001, he starred in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in London and received rave reviews. In case you're wondering, it's not easy for a Canadian actor mostly known for Hollywood blockbusters to earn rave reviews from British theater critics. In a four-star review in the Guardian, Michael Billington wrote, "Brendan Fraser, in the more difficult role of Brick, strongly suggests a man whose senses are dulled by his prodigious alcohol intake but who has an acute sense of the corruption and mendacity that surrounds him."