Fraser shed tears as he got roaring applause at the Venice Film Festival for his role in Darren Aronofsky`s The Whale – but where`s he been this whole time?
What Happened To Brendan Fraser?
He suffered backstage injuries, stood up against alleged sexual assault and went through a messy divorce … but now he`ll star in Killers of the Flower Moon with Robert De Niro Hollywood`s beloved action and comedy hero.
During the peak of his success, being one of the highest-paid actors of the time for blockbusters like The Mummy, George of the Jungle and Bedazzled, Fraser completely disappeared from the movie scene. But what exactly happened to the fan favourite actor while he was at his height of his fame? According to many reports, Fraser faced many hardships and suffered in silence. However, according to the Evening Standard, he was probably blacklisted by Hollywood for some reason… for allegations of sexual assault against him.
After Years Of Hardship And Personal Drama, The Mummy Actor Is Making A Comeback And Creating Oscars Buzz In The Whale, Which Premiered At The Venice Film Festival
Brendan Fraser, has made a comeback to the big screen after being away from the movie field for several years. His role in the new film The Whale, directed by Darren Aronofsky, landed him some heart-warming praise and got him a six-minute standing ovation at the film`s premiere in Venice for which the actor broke down in tears. Fans and netizens consider him to be a strong contender for the next Oscar awards ceremony and say that his return to Hollywood is well-deserved.
He Sustained Multiple Injuries In The Mummy Films
The movie was action-packed and fun, but it starred Fraser, who portrayed the tough and very handsome Rick O’Connell, but the actor suffered multiple serious injuries during the making of the three films. And while filming The Mummy in 1999, Fraser choked to death in a hanging scene early in the film.
“I remembered that I became unconscious and even got CPR . And it was just an accident”, recalls the actor. The injuries he received from ancient Egyptian movies led to multiple surgeries, including a laminectomy, back surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, partial knee replacement; more back surgery to screw together compressed back pads; Vocal cord repair and other procedures, according to People Magazine.
He spoke out on sexual harassment
It was a sexual harassment allegation against one of Hollywood’s big names that shattered and ended Fraser’s acting career. In 2018, Fraser alleged that he was sexually assaulted by former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Burke at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2003, according to GQ magazine.
But Fraser said the incident held him back and withdrew from his public life, according to GQ, where he said his phone stopped ringing and he no longer called him. . He also claimed that he was rarely invited to the HFPA-sponsored Golden Globe Awards.
His dramatic split from his wife
Just as his professional life took a hit, so did his personal life when ex-wife Afton Smith separated from him in 2007. According to the New York Post, Fraser then had to pay about $900,000 in child support. Six years after his divorce, Fraser allegedly asked the courts to reduce his payments because he could no longer afford to pay so much due to his lack of work.
The Hollywood comeback
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After years of hardship and suffering, Fraser made a solid comeback with Darren Aronofsky’s psychological drama The Whale. His spectacular performance earned him a six-minute standing ovation when the film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, according to CNN.