Theme Times – Brendan Fraser

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Brendan James Fraser  born December 3, 1968 is an American-Canadian actor. He is best known for playing Rick O’Connell in The Mummy trilogy (1999, 2001, 2008), as well as for leading roles in comedy and fantasy films including Encino Man (1992), George of the Jungle (1997), Bedazzled (2000), Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) and Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008). Fraser branched into dramatic cinema with roles in School Ties (1992), Gods and Monsters (1998), The Quiet American (2002) and Crash (2004).

During a hiatus from film acting, Fraser found a new audience in television, with supporting roles in the History miniseries Texas Rising (2015), the Showtime drama series The Affair (2016–2017),  the FX anthology series Trust (2018) and the DC Universe action series Doom Patrol (2019–)

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I have been a huge fan of Brendan Fraser for many years – since in fact “Encino Man” [California Man] 1992 when l saw him and Pauly Shore appear together with Sean Astin. Although of the two actors [Shore/Fraser], l tend to lean more favourably with Fraser and of course he was more commercially successful than Shore. Now l know that another huge fan of his happens to be  Angie of King Ben’s Grandma but how about you, yourselves? Any favourite movies of his you loved? Are you a fan of his or cannot stand him or his works? Here’s my favourite thirteen….

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1 – Gods and Monsters – 1998

Once a powerful Hollywood director best known for “Frankenstein” and “The Bride of Frankenstein,” James Whale (Ian McKellen) is long since retired and in increasingly poor health. His stalwart housekeeper, Hanna (Lynn Redgrave), quietly disapproves of Whale’s faceless, nameless parade of young gay lovers, but when the director takes an interest in new gardener Clayton Boone, a former Marine and Korean War veteran, it seems to be for something more than his usual casual conquest.

2 – George of the Jungle – 1997

George (Brendan Fraser) has raised himself since since he was a baby and a plane crash stranded him in an African jungle. Now an adult, George has his first human contact in years when he rescues explorer Ursula Stanhope (Leslie Mann) from a lion. George and Ursula connect, and she leaves her fiancé, Lyle (Thomas Haden Church), and takes George back to San Francisco. But when George learns that his gorilla buddy has been captured, he and Ursula return on a rescue mission.

3 – Journey to the Center of the Earth – 2008

During an expedition to Iceland, professor Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser), his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) and their guide, Hannah (Anita Briem), get trapped in a cavern. As they follow their only escape route deeper and deeper below the Earth’s surface, they pass through strange places and encounter incredible creatures, including dinosaurs. But as volcanic activity around them increases, they realize they must find their way out — soon.

4 – Blast from the Past – 1999

Adam Webber (Brendan Fraser) has lived his entire life in confinement in a fallout shelter in Pasadena, Calif. When the Webber family’s rations of food and supplies grow thin, Adam’s eccentric father, Calvin (Christopher Walken), sends him on a dangerous restocking mission. When Adam emerges from the Webber family’s subterranean refuge for the first time, he finds that rumors of a nuclear apocalypse were totally false — and meets gorgeous Eve Rustikov (Alicia Silverstone).

5 – Bedazzled – 2000

Desperate to gain the affection of a beautiful co-worker, Elliot (Brendan Fraser) strikes a deal with the Devil (Elizabeth Hurley) — a drop dead gorgeous woman with a wicked sense of humor. In exchange for Elliot’s soul, she will grant him 7 wishes. But with each wish, he gets more than he asked for.

6 – Encino Man – 1992

California teen Dave Morgan (Sean Astin) is digging a pit for a pool in his backyard when he happens upon a caveman frozen in a block of ice. Aided by his goofy friend Stoney (Pauly Shore), Dave transports their discovery to his garage, where the Neanderthal thaws and is revived. When Dave and Stoney find the living and thoroughly bewildered caveman, they attempt to pass him off as a foreign exchange student named Link (Brendan Fraser), resulting in many misadventures.

7 – The Mummy – 1999

The Mummy is a rousing, suspenseful and horrifying epic about an expedition of treasure-seeking explorers in the Sahara Desert in 1925. Stumbling upon an ancient tomb, the hunters unwittingly set loose a 3,000-year-old legacy of terror, which is embodied in the vengeful reincarnation of an Egyptian priest who had been sentenced to an eternity as one of the living dead.

8 – The Mummy Returns – 2001

The evil mummy Imhotep returns to wreak havoc as he resumes his relentless search for power and immortality. To make matters worse, another ancient evil has been unleashed, even more dangerous than Imhotep. Only the heroic Rick O’Connell and his intrepid Egyptologist wife stand in the way of these twin terrors as they embark upon a desperate mission to save the world.

9 – The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor – 2008

Cursed by a devious sorceress, China’s ruthless Dragon Emperor (Jet Li) and his vast army lie buried in clay for millennia. When young archaeologist Alex O’Connell is tricked into reviving the emperor, he and his famous parents (Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello) must find a way to send the ghoul back to the grave before he can awaken his vast army and take over the world.

10 – Inkheart – 2008

Mo (Brendan Fraser) and his daughter, Meggie, have the ability to bring storybook characters to life just by reading aloud. That gift backfires when he accidentally summons Capricorn, the evil villain of the novel “Inkheart.” Mo and Meggie must find a way to send him back to his literary realm, but the task will not be easy, for the malefactor likes his new world and will not leave it voluntarily.

11 – School Ties – 1992

When David Greene (Brendan Fraser) receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure to hide the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers, fearing that they may be anti-Semitic. He quickly becomes the big man on campus thanks to his football skills, but when his Jewish background is discovered, his worst fears are realized and his friends (Matt Damon, Chris O’Donnell) turn on him with violent threats and public ridicule.

12 – Crash – 2004

Writer-director Paul Haggis interweaves several connected stories about race, class, family and gender in Los Angeles in the aftermath of 9/11. Characters include a district attorney (Brendan Fraser) and his casually prejudiced wife (Sandra Bullock), dating police detectives Graham (Don Cheadle) and Ria (Jennifer Esposito), a victimized Middle Eastern store owner and a wealthy African-American couple (Terrence Dashon Howard, Thandie Newton) humiliated by a racist traffic cop (Matt Dillon).

13 – The Quiet American – 2002

From the classic novel by Graham Greene comes a murder mystery centered on a love triangle set against the French Indochina War in Vietnam, circa 1952. It’s the story of a veteran English journalist (Michael Caine), a young American (Brendan Fraser), and a beautiful Vietnamese woman caught between them. This is a world where nothing is what it seems — suffused with opium, intrigue, and betrayal.

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So there we go folks – my top 13 movies of Brendan Fraser – now – how about you?

Fan or not?

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11 thoughts on “Theme Times – Brendan Fraser

  1. I’ve never heard of Gods And Monsters until now😲 Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave and Bredan Fraser?? I must watch! If it’s a good as the trailer I’m going to love it. Thank you!

    Ben loves the Mummy movies so they go on repeat occasionally. I’ve tried to get him to watch George Of The Jungle…not interested.

  2. I never much thought about him UNTIL I saw “Blast From The Past” which is one of my favorite movies of his. Recently I saw him in a highly forgettable film with John Travolta (who played some kind of bad guy who has a heart of gold) and of which I cannot recall the title. Told you it was forgettable. The ‘evil’ mad scientist (a psychiatric doctor) was played by Brenden Fraser, and I was really shocked at how he looks “now”. I almost didn’t recognize him. He’s eight years my junior, which means he’s 51, but he (to me) looks as old as or older than I am. :O I know Hollywood stars age just like the rest of us (despite massive plastic surgery sometimes), but I’d always held this picture in my mind of how Fraser USED to look…that rather rugged handsome face. Tom Hanks is the only actor recently who seems to have aged as he ‘should’. And who am I to judge? I’m not a millionaire because I can act after all. People like Fraser ARE.

    1. Hey Melanie — oh you mean that forgettable one ha ha The Poison Rose??

      As to his age, l think you are spot on, he just looooooooooooks real old, much older considering he is younger than me also.

        1. Well Melanie, l think in time we have probably seen favourited actors in some real duds and thought ‘WTF Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally??” Ha ha – l guess money is money .

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