The Slow Comeback Of Brendan Fraser After His Career Took A Toll On Him

Jan 10, 2022 by apost team

At one point during his career, actor Brendan Fraser was on top of the world, starring in movie after movie. Some of his most notable roles included portraying Rick O’Connell in “The Mummy” film series, as well as leading roles in “George of the Jungle” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” After taking a hiatus from acting in films, Fraser moved to television and was met with a new wave of fans and success. “The Affair” and “Texas Rising” were some of his most popular television roles. Fraser also worked on the action series “Doom Patrol.”

The actor has continued to make a name for himself once again in the entertainment industry by landing a handful of new roles. However, many fans were left to wonder what was the reason behind why Fraser seemed to almost disappear from the spotlight altogether despite being such a well-loved and respected star. 

Over the years, the actor has given some insight into the troubles he has faced along the way to rising to stardom, and the physical, mental and emotional toll the industry has left on him. Fortunately, he has continued to overcome the past and grow from the hardships he faced and is making his way back to being one of the more prominent names in Hollywood once again. 

Along with reviving his career, Fraser has also been lucky enough to hold onto plenty of his fans and their support along the way as he rebuilds his career and keeps a space in the hearts of people from all walks of life.

Brendan Fraser (1997), (Getty Images/press release)

Opening Up About His Struggles

During the late 1990s and 2000s, Fraser was a highly sought-after and respected actor. He had leading roles in “George of the Jungle” in 1997 and “The Mummy” in 1999, and was loved and adored by fans and professionals in the entertainment industry. Unfortunately, Fraser’s career and activity in the public eye trailed off for a bit in the 2010s. However, the star has since opened up about some of the struggles he faced over the years, and appears to be back on track to staying a consistent figure in the limelight.

Speaking with GQ in February 2018, Fraser opened up about some of the hardships he faced over the years, such as the physical toll his acting roles put on his body, and an alleged sexual assault Fraser is the survivor of. Fraser said at first he didn’t want to talk about the sexual assault because he didn’t have “the courage to speak up for the risk of humiliation, or damage to my career.” 

He said the incident took place at a luncheon held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the summer of 2003. Philip Berk, the former president of the HFPA, reached out to shake Fraser’s hand and ended up pinching his behind in a very inappropriate manner, according to Fraser. Berk denied the claim, and called Fraser’s recount a “fabrication,” according to GQ. Fraser admitted that he is still “frightened” by the situation and by the idea of talking about it, but knows it’s best to share his story.

Brendan Fraser, Frances O'Connor (2000), (Getty Images/Free Photograph)

Reviving His Career

In June 2021, The Straits Times reported that Fraser had purposely gained weight for an upcoming movie in which he plays a morbidly obsese recluse. Filming for “The Whale” wrapped up in April 2021, and is set to tell the story of a man who slowly eats himself to death following the death of his loved one.

This isn’t the only time Fraser has gained weight. According to The Straits Times, the actor spoke out about how the extreme and physically demanding roles he used to play during the late 1990s and early 2000s really took a toll on his body, especially since he did his own stunts. 

Fraser spent seven years in and out of hospitals for various operations, including a partial knee replacement, vocal cord repair work and a lumbar laminectomy – a back procedure to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. “By the time I did the third ‘Mummy’ picture in China, I was put together with tape and ice – I was building an exoskeleton for myself daily,” Fraser told GQ.

Despite the difficult moments that potentially led to Fraser’s break from Hollywood, the actor seems to be getting more acting opportunities nowadays, and even made a rare red carpet appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival in early 2021 for “No Sudden Move,” according to Scoop Whoop. Along with “The Whale,” Fraser has some new productions up his sleeve. According to IMDB, there are currently two other films in the post-production stages that Fraser is credited to have appeared in titled “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “Behind the Curtain of the Night.”

Brendan Fraser (2021), (Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

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