Brendan Fraser on Returning to The Mummy Franchise: ‘Sign Me Up’

It’s been years since we last saw each other Brendan Fraseris iconic The mummy character Rick O’Connell on the big screen, but it looks like the fan-favorite actor isn’t closing the door on a potential return. In a recent interview with Deadlinewhen asked if he would be willing to return to the blockbuster action-horror franchise, The whale star admitted that it’s something he’s definitely not against, especially when it’s a great opportunity for his professional career.

“I’m not against it, I don’t know an actor who doesn’t want a job,” Fraser said. “I don’t think I’ve been this famous and unemployed at the same time in my professional life, so sign me up!”

Besides being known for his role in The mummy franchise Fraser is also gaining recognition for his other memorable roles in films such as Encino man, George of the Jungle, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Amazed, The journey to the center of the earthand Ink heart. He is currently receiving critical acclaim for his dramatic leading performance in the film directed by Darren Aronofsky The whale. Because of this, critics are predicting that he could potentially earn his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

The mummy franchise started with the 1999 film, which was directed by Stephen Sommers. It starred Fraser as Rick O’Connell, Rachel Weisz as Evelyn Carnahan, John Hannah as Jonathan Carnahan, Arnold Vosloo as Imhotep and Patricia Velásquez as Anck-su-namun. Following the commercial success of the first film, grossing over $400 million worldwide at the box office, it was followed by two more sequels, a prequel, and the widely panned Tom Cruise reboot in 2017.

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