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Things You Didn't Know About 'The Mummy'

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The Mummy AKA the holy grail of early 2000s action-adventure movies premiered over 21 years ago, and we're still talking about it to this day. The Mummy and The Mummy Returns both smashed the box office, once again making the films a valuable property of Universal Pictures until a failed reboot in 2017 starring the ever-so-serious Tom Cruise. Nonetheless, the Brendan Fraser-led trilogy perfectly blended the horror, comedy, action, and adventure genres into a film series that is beloved by fans and stands as a reminder of how fun movies can be. 

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    Brendan Fraiser Almost Died During The Filming Of 'The Mummy'

    During the scene where his character is hanged, Brendan Fraser was accidentally choked out after tightening the noose around his neck to "sell the shot." He completely stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated by EMTs. Fraser recalled the event during an interview with EW for the 20th anniversary of The Mummy.

    I remember seeing the camera start to pan around, and then it was like a black iris at the end of a silent film. It was like turning down the volume switch on your home stereo, like the Death Star powering down. I regained consciousness and one of the EMTs was saying my name. There was gravel in my ear and s— really hurt.

     

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    The Set Was Quite Deadly

    While working on The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, the cast and crew were constantly subjected to dangers from working in the desert. Not only were sandstorms and dehydration a daily problem but they had to look out for snakes, spiders, and scorpions while shooting. Crew members would regularly be airlifted to local hospitals after being bitten by insects. Brendan Fraser suffered a torn spinal disk, cracked ribs, and injured knees while Dwayne Johnson came down with food poisoning and sunstroke, causing him to lose 10 pounds at one point. 

     

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  • Actor Freddie Boath joined the cast for The Mummy Returns as Alex O'Connell, the son of Evie and Rick O'Connell. It turns out, Boath was a huge fan of The Mummy at the time and had seen the film over 30 times, memorizing every line. He knew so much about the first film that cast and crew members actually consulted Boath when they needed their memory jogged about plot points and characters. He happily turned down the chance to appear in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to do The Mummy Returns

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    The Sequel Was Greenlit The Morning After 'The Mummy' Was Released

    The Mummy opened on May 7, 1999, and grossed $43 million in North America during its opening weekend. Despite being met with mixed reviews from critics, the film was an instant box office success and even prompted Universal to call writer/director Stephen Sommers the morning after the film's release, demanding he began working on a sequel right away. 

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