Brendan Fraser shares the reason he thinks Tom Cruise's 'Mummy' reboot tanked

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By stefan armitage

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Brendan Fraser has opened up about why he believes Tom Cruise's reboot of The Mummy franchise tanked.

Back in the 1990s/early 2000s Fraser became a household name around the world following a string of movie successes. Along with movies like Bedazzled and George of the Jungle, Fraser gained international fame after starring as Rick O'Connell - an army captain-turned-adventurer - in 1999's The Mummy.

Following the success of the first movie, The Mummy went on to spawn two sequels - The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) - both with Fraser as its lead star.

The trilogy was hugely popular and successful, and the three movies went on to gross $459 million.

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However, in 2017, Universal once again attempted to revive The Mummy franchise - this time with Hollywood legend Tom Cruise at the helm.

But not even Cruise's star power could save the flick, and it was eventually deemed a flop - despite being the actor's biggest-ever global opening at $169.3 million.

Deadline reports that much of the issue was down to the huge estimated production costs, which totaled a reported $345 million. The outlet reported an estimated box office loss of $95 million for the reboot - with further blows coming from viewers and critics.

Fans have currently scored the reboot a questionable 5.4/10 score on IMDb, with the original 1999 movie earning a respectable 7.1/10. Additionally, critics have scored the movie just 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the website describing the film's efforts as: "Lacking the campy fun of the franchise's most recent entries and failing to deliver many monster-movie thrills."

And funnily enough, it seems like Fraser agrees.

The 53-year-old actor recently sat down with Variety to discuss his upcoming movie, The Whale.

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During the interview, Fraser revealed why he believes the movie failed to bring life back to the franchise that made him an international star.

"It is hard to make that movie," Fraser said. "The ingredient that we had going for our Mummy, which I didn’t see in [the 2017 reboot], 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."

Fraser acknowledged that he was aware of "how difficult it is to pull it off", before adding: "I tried to do it three times."

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And while we're celebrating the legend that is Brendan Fraser, let's relive the moment from earlier this year when the star was moved to tears after receiving a standing ovation for his performance.

Captured by Variety reporter Ramin Setoodeh last month, the video shows Fraser taking in his standing ovation, during which, he can be seen fighting back tears.

Watch Brendan Fraser's tears of joy here:

"The standing ovation for #TheWhale was so enthusiastic, Brendan Fraser tried to leave the theater but the crowd’s applause made him stay," Setoodeh wrote alongside the footage, which shows an emotional Fraser thanking the audience and taking a bow.

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Brendan Fraser shares the reason he thinks Tom Cruise's 'Mummy' reboot tanked

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

Brendan Fraser has opened up about why he believes Tom Cruise's reboot of The Mummy franchise tanked.

Back in the 1990s/early 2000s Fraser became a household name around the world following a string of movie successes. Along with movies like Bedazzled and George of the Jungle, Fraser gained international fame after starring as Rick O'Connell - an army captain-turned-adventurer - in 1999's The Mummy.

Following the success of the first movie, The Mummy went on to spawn two sequels - The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) - both with Fraser as its lead star.

The trilogy was hugely popular and successful, and the three movies went on to gross $459 million.

size-large wp-image-1263173225
Credit: Entertainment Pictures / Alamyl

However, in 2017, Universal once again attempted to revive The Mummy franchise - this time with Hollywood legend Tom Cruise at the helm.

But not even Cruise's star power could save the flick, and it was eventually deemed a flop - despite being the actor's biggest-ever global opening at $169.3 million.

Deadline reports that much of the issue was down to the huge estimated production costs, which totaled a reported $345 million. The outlet reported an estimated box office loss of $95 million for the reboot - with further blows coming from viewers and critics.

Fans have currently scored the reboot a questionable 5.4/10 score on IMDb, with the original 1999 movie earning a respectable 7.1/10. Additionally, critics have scored the movie just 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the website describing the film's efforts as: "Lacking the campy fun of the franchise's most recent entries and failing to deliver many monster-movie thrills."

And funnily enough, it seems like Fraser agrees.

The 53-year-old actor recently sat down with Variety to discuss his upcoming movie, The Whale.

size-large wp-image-1263173229
Credit: ScreenProd / Photononstop / Alamy

During the interview, Fraser revealed why he believes the movie failed to bring life back to the franchise that made him an international star.

"It is hard to make that movie," Fraser said. "The ingredient that we had going for our Mummy, which I didn’t see in [the 2017 reboot], 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."

Fraser acknowledged that he was aware of "how difficult it is to pull it off", before adding: "I tried to do it three times."

size-large wp-image-1263173233
Credit: Zuma Press / Alamy

And while we're celebrating the legend that is Brendan Fraser, let's relive the moment from earlier this year when the star was moved to tears after receiving a standing ovation for his performance.

Captured by Variety reporter Ramin Setoodeh last month, the video shows Fraser taking in his standing ovation, during which, he can be seen fighting back tears.

Watch Brendan Fraser's tears of joy here:

"The standing ovation for #TheWhale was so enthusiastic, Brendan Fraser tried to leave the theater but the crowd’s applause made him stay," Setoodeh wrote alongside the footage, which shows an emotional Fraser thanking the audience and taking a bow.

Featured image credit: Album / Alamy