Brendan Fraser gives audience surprise intro before screening of The Mummy
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Brendan Fraser surprised fans attending a screening of The Mummy in London by appearing on stage and giving them a speech.
You can see his triumphant speech to the crowd in the video below:
There was a double header showing of the first two Mummy films starring Fraser and Rachel Weisz at the Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square, and the fans who were there were understandably delighted when the star they were about to watch on screen turned up to greet them.
He even dressed up as his character from the films, which was a lovely touch.
Fraser is currently starring in The Whale, for which he has received widespread critical praise, and he’s certainly come a long way from his turn as Rick O’Connell on three occasions in the Mummy franchise.
Anyway, he’s not forgotten where he came from though.
He told the crowd: “Thank you – Friday night in Leicester Square.
“I first started seeing films right across the street. I saw Star Wars in 1977 and it changed my life.
“It made me want to be in the movies.
“I’m proud to stand before you tonight because this is a film that is made in Britain, you should know that.
“It was at Shepperton, we shot it in Morocco, and even the second one too – be proud.
“Thank you for being here, we had no idea what kind of movie we were making when we shot this.
“We didn’t know if it was a drama or a comedy, or straight-ahead action, romance, horror picture, more action, all of the above – no idea.
“Until it tested in front of British audiences.”
He then added: “Who else has seen the film here tonight?
“Is there anyone who has not?”
When one hardy soul put their hand up, Fraser shouted: “OUTSTANDING!”
Someone in the audience then shouted ‘the guy gets the girl’ to rapturous applause.
Fraser continued: “Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr, enjoy them all.
“I won’t take up any more of your time.
“Enjoy your night, and if you get a chance, check out The Whale on February 3.
“Good night, and keep your powder clean!”
Obviously, Fraser is often asked whether he would ever return to the series, even though he’s a bit older nowadays and probably can’t quite perform the stunts like he used to.
When asked by GQ recently, he simply responded: “Absolutely – got a script?”
In the last film – which saw the end of the original Mummy series – Fraser spoke about how he was injured on the set of Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and the advice he’d give to young actors in his position.
Fraser said: "I had a few injuries that became another injury.
“Like they said I was playing hurt, you know?
“So I would wrap up and tape, you do the things you gotta do to get through with it and we all do that and I'm happy to, but it meant that I needed to start thinking about how to work smart instead of work hard.
“Around the time I made that movie it was sort of a fundamental shift in my approach.
“And now when it comes to doing this stuff I just look at the young guys and go 'you're gonna be great in the shot, man'."
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