Rick O’Connell himself dropped by for a special 35mm screening of the blockbuster double feature, complete in full costume.
See the Renaissance! As Brendan Fraser continues his amazing year after the anticipated release of The whalewhere he garners much praise for his performance [and awards to boot], Variety reports that the actor recently dropped in on an unsuspecting audience of a special 35mm screening of The mummy and The mummy returns at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. Fraser also took the stage in full Rick O’Connell wardrobe.
Fraser is in the middle of his press tour for The whale, and when he heard about the event, he couldn’t resist attending a screening of the film that would be a hallmark of many people’s childhoods. Fraser was met with a big welcome from the audience, including a standing ovation, and addressed them saying: “I’m proud to stand before you tonight. This is a film made in Britain. You should know that! The other one too. Be proud. Thank you for being here. We had no idea what kind of film we were making , when we shot this one. We didn’t know if it was a drama or a comedy or an action or a horror picture or a romance… all of the above. We had no idea until it was tested in front of UK audiences. Thanks for that .”
Last year, when an inquiry was made about the possibility of returning to The mummy franchise, Fraser was open to the possibility “I don’t know how it would work. But I’d be open to it if someone came up with the right concept.” He would also be asked his opinion on the failed Tom Cruise reboot, which was supposed to start a shared universe of universal monster movies, “It’s hard to make that movie. The ingredient we had for our mother that I didn’t see in that movie was fun. That’s what was missing [Tom Cruise’s] incarnation. It was too much of an outright horror movie. The mummy should be an exciting ride, but not terrifying and terrifying.”
He adds, “I know how hard it is to pull it off. I tried to do it three times.”