Brendan Fraser shares his thoughts on Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’

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Fraser starred in three "The Mummy" films from 1999 to 2008, before Cruise took over the 2017 reboot.

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Brendan Fraser became a household name after starring the 1999 film “The Mummy.”

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The actor portrayed the adventurous Rick O’Connell in first movie, as well as in the 2001 sequel, “The Mummy Returns,” and third and final film released in 2008, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.”

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While the trilogy became a classic, the franchise was rebooted in 2017 with Tom Cruise as the lead. In a new interview with Variety, shared on Oct. 12, Fraser shared his thoughts on why the reboot didn't have the same appeal as his franchise.

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“It is hard to make that movie,” the actor said. “The ingredient that we had going for our ‘Mummy,’ which I didn’t see in that film, was fun. That was what was lacking in that incarnation.”

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“It was too much of a straight-ahead horror movie. ‘The Mummy’ should be a thrill ride, but not terrifying and scary,” Fraser continued. “I know how difficult it is to pull it off.”

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Adding, “I tried to do it three times.”

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The Cruise-led movie had a more serious tone than Fraser’s lighthearted action-adventure films and earned generally negative reviews from critics. The 2017 movie also failed to bring in the box office numbers it hoped to launch a new franchise, per Deadline.

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Fraser’s franchise also paved the way for Dwayne Johnson’s “The Scorpion King” films after the former wrestler portrayed the Scorpion King in “The Mummy Returns.”

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Johnson recently thanked Fraser — who has been earning critical acclaim for his latest film “The Whale” — for supporting him early in his career.

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“Man this makes me so happy to see this beautiful ovation for Brendan. He supported me coming into his ‘Mummy Returns’ franchise for my first ever role,

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which kicked off my Hollywood career,” Johnson tweeted alongside a video of an emotional Fraser getting a standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival in September. “Rooting for all your success brother and congrats to my bud Darren Aronofsky. #TheWhale.”

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As for Fraser, the actor was asked if he would be up for reprising his role in a fourth “The Mummy” film, to which he replied, “I don’t know how it would work.”

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“But I’d be open to it if someone came up with the right conceit,” he said. 

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