Dear readers, Brendan Fraser is going through some stuff right now. After starring in The Mummy franchise, Encino Man, and the mind-bogglingly popular Monkeybone, he dropped off the map, making some fans wonder, “Is Brendan Fraser dead?” First, no. Duh. If he were dead you would be crying so hard that you wouldn’t be able to read these words. But seriously, where is Brendan Fraser? For almost 20 years, he was dropping in at the cinema with an alarming regularity, and it seemed like audiences would be dealing with his affable Canadian face for the rest of eternity. But then he disappeared. So what is Brendan Fraser doing? You have to keep reading to find out.
Like most of the people on Earth, when you thought of Brendan Fraser in 2002 a smile was etched on your face and stayed there for days, but thinking of Brendan Fraser 2016 is just a recipe for clinical depression. You’ll soon come to find that Brendan Fraser now spends most of his days working on the business of Brendan Fraser (except for his website, which is maddening), and he’s trying to get his life back on track. Unfortunately, there have been so many setbacks for this one-time superstar that he may never again ascend to the heights that he once knew. Keep reading to learn about Brendan Fraser, life, and everything in between.
You Haven’t Heard of a Single Movie He’s Appeared in Since 2010
How the mighty have fallen. Fraser had a good run beginning in 1992 with Encino Man, and leading all the up to 2008’s The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. But the film and its star’s popularity were waning, and after that, you would have to be a Fraser superfan to name anything he’s appeared in. To add insult to injury, he makes an uncredited appearance in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which is just depressing.
Ya Boi Is Broke
Even though he appeared in some very big hit movies in the ’90s and early 2000s, Fraser’s money didn’t last. Aside from a few very public spats with his ex-wife and some medical issues, the real reason it seems like Fraser ran out of cash is because he has three kids! That means on top of paying child support, he’s buying Christmas presents, birthday gifts, and taking them to Universal Studios so they can sit on the Mummy ride for hours at a time, hoping that someone will recognize their father.
Divorce Hasn’t Treated Him Well
In 2009, Fraser and his wife, Afton Smith, finalized their divorce after being together since they met at a barbecue at Winona Ryder’s house in the early ’90s (Brendan Fraser and Winona Ryder at the same party? What a time to be alive!). At the time of their divorce, Fraser was supposedly worth $45 million, which means he had to shell out $900,000 a year in alimony payments on top of his $300,000 in child support. Aside from being the year Fraser and Smith were divorced, 2009 was also the last year where you would see Fraser on a big screen (as an uncredited soldier in a G.I. Joe movie). In 2013, he went to court in an attempt to have his alimony reduced, but that still seems to be in arbitration.
He Hurt His Back
Hurricane Sandy ruined a lot of things for a lot of people, but Brendan Fraser may have caught the worst of it when he tweaked his back trying to free a tree that fell on his Connecticut home when the storm hit the East Coast. According to a source close to Fraser, “Brendon grabbed his chainsaw and tried to cut the fallen tree free. As the chainsaw went through the bark, Brendan’s back gave way, and he was left in excruciating pain.” The accident ended up with Fraser having to go through months of rehabilitation at a Beverly Hills clinic.
Tom Cruise Stole His Franchise
When it was announced that Universal would be bringing back The Mummy franchise, the first thing everyone wondered was “Is Mr. Mummy, Brendan Fraser, returning to the role of American adventurer Rick O’Connell?” Unfortunately for all of you Fraserheads out there, the new Mummy film has squat to do with the trilogy of films that Fraser helmed. Instead, toothy franchise gobbler Tom Cruise has made it his personal business to make the world forget about Fraser, one Mummy film at a time.
He Looks Rough
You know things aren’t going well when people begin to discuss how depressing you look when you give interviews. While speaking with AOL about his role on Showtime’s The Affair, he goes off on a tangent about the changing film industry, how he was pigeonholed, and the how the truth only exists in shades of gray. Can someone get this guy a puppy to play with?
He Backed the Wrong Horse Against Warner Brothers
It’s always a drag when you hear about celebrities standing up for what they believe in only to be shot down by a globally funded mega-studio. In this case, Fraser went to bat for the original director of Journey to the Center of the Earth, Eric Brevig, and tried to ensure Brevig would also direct the sequel. Unfortunately, Warner Bros. said “Naw,” fired both Brevig and Fraser, and then hired Dwayne Johnson and San Andreas director Brad Peyton to replace them. Stings a bit.
Brendan Fraser Hasn’t Updated His Website Since 2005
This is just sad. Fraser, a legitimately famous actor and amateur photographer, hasn’t updated his website in over a decade. People want to know what you’re up to, Brendan! They’re worried about you. If you’re trying to check out the website, you better make sure you have Flash 7 installed!
His Hair Plugs Are a Thing of Wonder
In a time where women have to deal with gossip columnists and just people in general scrutinizing their bodies on a daily basis, it’s not really a big deal that Brendan Fraser’s hairline has been called into question by E!. So what if he underwent an expensive surgery to restore his hairline to its original beauty? He’s got to have something in this life.
He’s Beginning a Bollywood Career
It seems that Fraser has lost all hope with American film audiences and made the jump to India to begin appearing in Bollywood films. In 2016, it was announced that he had replaced Ray Liotta in the Bollywood mafia film The Field as a gun runner “whose illicit dealings with the Indian underworld wedge him in the middle of the family implosion.” According to the film’s director, Rohit Karn Batra, “The more the script evolved, the more obvious it became Brendan was the best choice for the idiosyncratic role of Charu.” If you say so.
He Spends $100,000 per Month on His Agents
WHOA! Brendan, that’s a lot of money to spend on people who aren’t putting you in movies, you know that, right? In 2013, Fraser was forced to reveal his monthly expenditures in order to attempt to have his $900,000-per-year alimony payments reduced, and when he did so, the court records showed that he spends $112,803.25 on “professional expenses.” Interestingly enough he also spends a scant “$7.77” on pet care. That’s either a very expensive ant farm or a very unlucky dog.
A Movie You’ve Never Heard of Didn’t Pay Him
Have you been pining away for a 3D experience following the exploits of noted apple shooter William Tell starring Brendan Fraser? Well, you’re not going to get your wish anytime soon because, in 2012, Fraser sued the producers of The Legend of William Tell: 3D, alleging they couldn’t keep their film on schedule and it forced Fraser to pass up other well-paying jobs. Fraser claimed that his contract guaranteed a $2.25 million payout regardless of whether the film was shot or not. He allegedly sued for the complete fee and additional damages.
He May Have Beaten Up a Producer
If you spend enough time in Hollywood, this kind of thing is bound to happen. In 2012, Todd Moyer, one of the producers of William Tell, claimed that an “intoxicated” Fraser ran into him at the Hilton Hotel in Indianapolis on July 27, 2011, and started to “physically push, verbally threaten and poke[Moyer] in the chest repeatedly.” Moyer said that a similar incident occurred six months later in the offices of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Moyer sued Fraser, asking for $25,000 in damages stemming from the extreme mental anguish and physical pain of Fraser’s attack.
The Guy Can’t Choose a Good Movie to Save His Life
Even when he was at the height of his fame, Brendan Fraser was never actually in a good movie. You can argue that Crash was the one good film that he appeared in, but even that film has its detractors – including its director. It’s kind of hard not to have a slam dunk with a series like The Mummy – people like action movies and Rachel Weisz – but aside from those films, the popularity of everything else Fraser appeared in seems like a complete fluke. Think about it. Encino Man is super dumb and stars Pauly Shore at his height/America’s nadir, Monkeybone is a train wreck, and the rest of his films are for children and you can’t even remember most of them. Someone should have been helping this guy make better choices.
He Gained a Bunch of Weight So People Would Make Fun of Him
Most people who get into comedy will say they did it in order to control the reason people were laughing at them, and Fraser, faced with little to no job offers, seems to have taken that principle and perverted it in order for someone to give him a little bit of cash. For the film Furry Vengeance, Fraser believed he needed to bulk up so dum-dums who watched that movie would laugh a little harder – maybe he was being paid by the chortle. Fraser told Parade Magazine, “I needed a bigger butt on account of there was going be a lot of physical comedy. I get thrown around a lot in the movie. But let’s just face it, it’s funny. Kids love it. Adults love it. They’re like, ‘Ha-ha, look! Brendan Fraser, the guy who was really buff in all those action movies, has gotten fat.’” =[
No TV Party for Fraser
It’s nice to know that even when he’s faced with almost a million dollars in yearly alimony payments, medical bills for his back injury, and three mouths to feed, Fraser can still turn down jobs on TNT – a channel that nearly exclusively shows reruns of Law & Order – over “creative differences.” The show he backed out of was called Legends, an action-y spy show about “an undercover agent who has the ability to transform himself into a different person for each job.” That sounds like something people would like. Also, it’s the plot of Alias but, you know, whatever. No one wants to be locked into a commitment on a cable channel that people fall asleep to, but you’ve got to eat, Brendan.
The Memes Were Unkind
Memes can be a solid boost for an actor’s career, visibility, and public image. Think about everything those “Hey girl” Ryan Gosling memes have done for the way people think about a mild-mannered Canadian thespian. Unfortunately, the memes were unkind to fellow mild-mannered Canadian Brendan Fraser. Rather than play to his strengths, they played to his weaknesses, turning him into a laughing stock as his career was in a place of great uncertainty. Imagine taking a meeting with young executives who know your deranged glee or crying please-kill-me face better than the movies you starred in.
The Mandela Effect Is Ruining Him
You know about the Mandela Effect, right? The phenomenon by which a popular narrative develops that contradicts or misrepresents the truth? Brendan Fraser has suffered brutally at the hands of the critical narrative. By this permutation of the Mandela Effect, the world mostly only remembers Fraser from goofy comedies and critically panned box office disasters.
But that’s only one side of BF. Fraser was praised for his performances in The Quiet American and Gods and Monsters. In the latter, he starred opposite Ian McKellen, who, in an interview with NPR, remembered Fraser with fondness, saying “We got on terribly well. Canadian, theater background, so we rehearsed together sometime – and usually without the director. We went to the script together. We noted things of mutual interest.”
In 2001, he starred in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in London and received rave reviews. In case you’re wondering, it’s not easy for a Canadian actor mostly known for Hollywood blockbusters to earn rave reviews from British theater critics. In a four-star review in the Guardian, Michael Billington wrote, “Brendan Fraser, in the more difficult role of Brick, strongly suggests a man whose senses are dulled by his prodigious alcohol intake but who has an acute sense of the corruption and mendacity that surrounds him.”
He Won Liongsate An Oscar And Still Couldn’t Get Decent Dramatic Roles
Paul Haggis, who write and directed Best Picture winner Crash, was only able to secure funding for the film after casting Brendan Fraser. He recalls, ”I said, ‘I’ve got Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Thandie Newton, and Sandy Bullock. I should be able to get my $7 million, right?’ The money people said, ‘No, you need a good name for this last role.’ When Brendan said yes, I went, ‘Oh, my God, I’ve got a film.’”
Fraser earned positive reviews in a film with a stellar cast, standing out from a gaggle of critical favorites and Oscar nominees and winners. Yet, even after Crash won the Academy Award for Best Picture, he was only offered base roles that played to his strengths as a slapstick comedian. ”I’ve learned that if a movie gets put in the ‘win’ column, it belongs to the studio. If it gets put in the ‘lose’ column…you finish the rest,” Fraser commented