The Heart-Warming Story Of Oscar Winner Brendan Fraser, An Actor Who Had A Difficult Life But Never Gave Up
Today, we decided to share the whole story of Brendan Fraser's life and his career path with you.
Brendan James Fraser was born and raised in the US. His father was a Canadian foreign service officer, while his mother was a sales counselor. In 1990, the actor graduated from Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts and started looking for an opportunity in Hollywood. Still, before Fraser got the first role, he had to work in different jobs, including juggling in a department store.
Then, the first role that came to Fraser was in California Man. It revolved around the adventures of a caveman in L.A. in the 1990s. The movie was rated really low and called silly. Later, he appeared in a few more leading roles in no-so-famous flicks, such as School Ties, and The Passion of Darkly Noon.
"I was like a steak," Fraser remembered when he had to work out a lot and follow a strict diet.
Amazingly, the actor did all the stunts by himself, “I remember once I was hoisted on a crane 60 feet in the air, I had to swing down at 30 miles per hour for a 300-foot swoop,” Fraser said. And Eventually, he was injured.
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The comedy, Bedazzled (2000), a story about who made an evil contract with the devil to win the heart of the woman he loved, received different kinds of reviews from critics despite being a commercial success.
In 2001, he took part in a box office flop, the fantasy comedy Monkeybone. The movie earned only $7M worldwide with a $75 million budget.Movies premiered that didn't meet expectations, including Looney Tunes: Back in Action and The Air I Breathe.
“I felt like the horse from Animal Farm, whose job it was to work and work and work,” the actor later stated.
During this time, an unwelcome incident came. Fraser had a conflict with an influential man and his Hollywood career path started to fade. According to the actor, he felt depressed and decided to leave the film industry for a while.
And at the end of the 2000s, Fraser's acting career had a chance to be revived when the filming of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor was planned, which was about Fraser's character, his spouse, and their grown-up son. He did all the stunts and got some injuries during the filming and spent 7 years coming to the hospital for operations, including a partial knee replacement, vocal cord repair work, and a lumbar laminectomy. It all led to his weight gain.Despite being s a moderate commercial success, critics and viewers never praised it as much as they did the first 2 parts. Rachel Weisz was replaced with another actress, the location was moved from Egypt to China, and the atmosphere was completely unfamiliar, so viewers acquired something they didn’t expect. As a result, the fourth movie was canceled, and the studio began working on a reboot, starring Tom Cruise.
The same goes for another blockbuster starring Fraser. The movie Journey to the Center of the Earth made over $200 million worldwide, and the producers wanted a sequel. But the film director was busy with another project, and Fraser said he just wanted to work with him.
Since that time, Fraser has only appeared in little-known TV series and low-budget movies, never in any leading roles.
The actor’s current performance, which demonstrates that he has gained a lot of weight, has caused a lot of discussions on social media. “Brendan Fraser really let himself go after George of the Jungle,” a Twitter user noted. But the reason for this is that Darren Aronofsky’s movie, The Whale, is presently in production where Fraser has a lead role. According to the script, his role is about a 600-pound man who tries to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter.Thankfully, Brendan Fraser has officially solidified his Hollywood comeback as a newly minted Oscar winner. The "Whale" star won Best Actor at the 2023 Academy Awards after a long and epic journey in his career path. His fans who have loved him since a young age might be pleased with the final result and wish him all the best in the future. Up next, the Oscar winner Fraser is set to star in Martin Scorsese's "Killers of the Flower Moon," Josh Brolin's "Brothers," and Dalibor Stach's "Behind the Curtain of Night."
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