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12th Oct 2022

Brendan Fraser says he’s ‘open’ to a fourth Mummy movie – and takes aim at Tom Cruise reboot

Charlie Herbert

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Brendan Fraser has revealed that he would “be open” to featuring in a fourth Mummy movie if the opportunity arose.

The actor shot to fame after starring in the 1999 adventure film and its two sequels, making his last appearance in the franchise in 2008’s The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

He’s now said he would be open to revisiting the franchise.

Speaking to Variety, the 53-year-old said: “I don’t know how it would work. But I’d be open to it if someone came up with the right conceit.”

Universal did attempt to reboot the franchise in 2017, but didn’t include Fraser in the project, instead opting to cast Tom Cruise as the main character.

But the film was a panned by critics and lost around $95m at the box office, and plans for further installments were canned.

Discussing why the film failed to capture the magic of the originals, Fraser said it had been lacking one big thing – a sense of fun.

“It is hard to make that movie,” he 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.

“It was too much of a straight-ahead horror movie. The Mummy should be a thrill ride, but not terrifying and scary.”

“I know how difficult it is to pull it off,” he added. “I tried to do it three times.”

This year has seen the much-loved actor experience something of a career-revival.

Fraser is being tipped for Oscars glory after his performance in The Whale which sees him play the role of a 600 pound (272kg) man living with obesity and on the brink of death, who decides to try and reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter.

The actor received a six-minute standing ovation following the film’s screening at the Venice Film Festival in September and has received critical acclaim for the role.

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