Brendan Fraser hasn’t had tremendous luck when it comes to holding on to stardom. Nineties nostalgia fans will always adore him for his role as a thawed out caveman in Encino Man and he had some success as an Indiana Jones rip-off character in The Mummy and its subsequent sequels, but he’s faded from the public eye in recent years. Even an appearance in Best Picture winner Crash hasn’t been enough to revive his career.
Not that he seems all that bothered by the state of things. Fraser has taken the stage on Broadway as a former asylum patient and mechanic in the play “Elling,” adapted from a series of Norwegian novels that were also made into a play and film in their home country.
A country, it turns out, that Fraser wanted to visit in order to prepare for the role. His schedule didn’t permit the trip, but the star believes that actors get the vast majority of their character directly from the script. Speaking to the Associated Press, he had the following to say.
“Everything you need to know as far as preparation, whether you’re doing Shakespeare or a contemporary piece, should all be [in the script]. And if it’s not, then there’s a clue about where to find it if you’re paying attention.”
In the play, Fraser’s character strikes up an unlikely friendship with an aspiring poet and fellow asylum patient. It’s a comedy, and Fraser has said that he’s very attracted to this type of material.
And while audiences may not be quite as attracted to him as they used to be, he seems to be one of those actors who deserves more credit than he’s given. It takes a kind of professional grace to go with the flow of a career and not hold on too tightly to past accomplishments. The Mummy films may have been financially rewarding but we get the feeling that “Elling” will be more artistically rewarding.
Besides, we’ll always have Encino Man.
Source: Associated Press