Brendan Fraser didn’t speak to Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on set of The Mummy Returns for pretty good reason
Brendan Fraser has shared an insight into what it was like being on set with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson when they were filming 2001’s The Mummy Returns.
As it turns out, the pair didn’t really say much to each other, mainly because Dwayne ‘was just a piece of tape on a stick’.
Anyone who’s seen The Mummy sequel will know that most of the former WWE star’s scenes are towards the end of the blockbuster when he appears as an enormous CGI scorpion/human hybrid.
Brendan – who is hotly tipped to scoop an Oscar for his phenomenal performance in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale – spoke about his scenes (or lack of them) with Dwayne in a new interview.
The 54-year-old famously played adventurer Rick O’Connell in 1999’s The Mummy and reprised his role for the follow-up film two years later.
Appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show this week, Brendan revealed he never actually met Dwayne when filming after Drew noted: ‘If I had to act to a tennis ball I would fail miserably.’
Brendan replied: ‘I happen to be really good at it. [Do] you know why? Because in The Mummy Returns,Dwayne Johnson was just a piece of tape on a stick.’
The Mummy’s sequel proved to be a huge success for Dwayne and even landed him his own spin-off film, The Scorpion King, which hit cinemas in 2002.
It comes after Brendan revealed he’d be up for appearing in a new Mummy film, saying: ‘I’m not opposed to it.’
Speaking to Deadline, the star elaborated: ‘I don’t know an actor who doesn’t want a job.
‘I don’t think I’ve been this famous and unsalaried at the same time in my professional life, so sign me up! We’ve all got to start somewhere.’
The Mummy franchise has already been rebooted once before, in 2017 with Tom Cruise at the helm, however, it did not go down well with either audiences or critics.
In a Variety interview, Brendan was asked why he believed the new film didn’t work that time and suggested it was lacking ‘fun’.
‘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. It was too much of a straight-ahead horror movie.
‘The Mummy should be a thrill ride, but not terrifying and scary.’
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