Brendan is making a comeback (Picture: Universal/Rex)
Brendan Fraser is set to make a leading man comeback in Darren Aronofksy’s upcoming film The Whale, delighting fans of the former action hero.
In the late 90s and noughties, Fraser was one of the most famous men in Hollywood, thanks to his leading role as Rick O’Connell in The Mummy trilogy.
His muscle-bound physique meant he was in demand for both action films and romcoms, leading to roles in George Of The Jungle, Bedazzled and Looney Tunes: Back In Action.
However, in the ‘10s, Fraser all but disappeared from the big screen, and remained out of the spotlight until 2016 when he starred on The Affair as John Gunter.
So what happened to Brendan Fraser, and why did he disappear from Hollywood?
In an interview with GQ, the now 52-year-old actor revealed that all of those action movies and doing stunts in front of green screens, left him going in and out of hospital for seven years.
Brendan’s physical roles led to him needing surgery (Picture: Marsha Blackburn/Disney/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock
Fraser said: ‘By the time I did the third Mummy picture in China. I was put together with tape and ice—just, like, really nerdy and fetishy about ice packs. Screw-cap ice packs and downhill-mountain-biking pads, ’cause they’re small and light and they can fit under your clothes.
‘I was building an exoskeleton for myself daily.’
Fraser eventually needed a partial knee replacement, a laminectomy and vocal cord surgery.
Over the next few years, the actor lost his mother, and split from his wife of nine years Afton Smith, with the exes battling over alimony payments in court.
In the GQ interview from 2018, Fraser alleged that in 2003, he was sexually assaulted by Philip Berk, the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, at a luncheon.
Brendan will take the lead in The Whale (Picture: Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
Berk denied this, saying that he pinched Fraser’s bottom in jest; Fraser claims that Berk grabbed his buttock and ‘one of his fingers [touched him] in the taint’.
He said: ‘I felt ill. I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.’
Fraser said he became depressed and that the alleged incident caused him to ‘retreat’, adding: ‘The phone does stop ringing in your career, and you start asking yourself why. There’s many reasons, but was this one of them? I think it was.’
However, in the last two years, Fraser has begun to return to television and film.
In 2018, he starred in Danny Boyle’s drama Trust, and voiced Robotman in Titans and Doom Patrol.
As well as taking the lead in The Whale, as a 600lb recluse who wants to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Fraser has filmed the Steven Soderbergh crime thriller No Sudden Move with an all-star cast that includes Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, Ray Liotta and David Harbour.