Brendan Fraser took a break from his Oscar press tour for “The Whale” to give his fans the surprise of a lifetime at the recent double feature screening of “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns” in London. The Prince Charles Cinema screened two of Fraser’s original “Mummy” films on 35mm on 20 January, an event Fraser couldn’t resist the chance to show himself. Fraser stopped by the event and received a large standing ovation.
“I’m proud to stand before you tonight,” Fraser told the audience. “This is a film that was made in Britain. You should know it! Even the second one. Be proud. Thank you for being here.”
“We had no idea what kind of film we were making when we shot it,” added Fraser. “We didn’t know if it was a drama or a comedy or an action or a horror film or a romance… all of the above. We had no idea until it was tested in front of a British audience. Thanks for that.”
Fraser said diversity He wouldn’t close the door on appearing in a fourth “Mummy” movie last year. “I don’t know how it’s going to work,” he admits. “But if someone comes up with the right ego, I’d be open to it.”
The last “Mummy” movie Fraser starred in was 2008’s “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Empire.” When Universal rebooted “The Mummy” in 2017, Fraser wasn’t invited to the party. Instead, Tom Cruise became the star of the franchise. The movie bombed with critics.
“It’s hard to make this movie,” Fraser said. “The material we got for our mummy, which I didn’t see in the film, was fun. That was the lack [Tom Cruise’s] Avatar was a straight-up horror movie. ‘Mummy’ should be a thrill ride, but not creepy and scary.
“I know how hard it is to pull off,” added Fraser. “I tried it three times.”
Check out Fraser’s surprise “The Mummy” screening in the video below.