Brendan Fraser comes back for his second action go-round this summer – and his third installment of “The Mummy” franchise – with “Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.” Still, he’s no Harrison Ford in the vein of Indiana Jones heroics, at least according to Fraser himself.
“There's no comparison to Rick O’Donnell,” he says, “because there's just no replacing Indy."
“I'm sorry. Harrison Ford is a man's man, and I love the Indy. I met Harrison when I gave him the Brass Balls award at the Spike (TV) Awards recently. You might have seen it, and he is an actual hero of mine. Come on, it's Harrison Ford!"
“I do have to tell you, though, that I think each role stands on its own. Each one is a genre piece, action-adventure. I think that every actor brings something to it in the way that they do it and the way that they like to do it.”
The almost-40 Fraser, whose nifty “Journey to the Center of the Earth” is still raking in summer box office bucks, does have some affinity for theses kinds of roles.
“You branch out and figure out things that work for you,” he says. “You look at certain genres of movies that are along a similar vein, like the 'Indiana Jones' films and 'Gunga Din' before doing 'The Mummy.'
“I even remember watching 'Lawrence of Arabia,' which was shot in the same neighborhood. Why do those all have such an endearing quality to them? Maybe because you actually went there and proved it and you did it on location. It is work, it’s a labor, and it's a very good job.”
Fraser, who has “Inkheart” coming out in January, not to mention a cameo in the much-anticipated “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” next summer, adds that he would be willing to return to unravel a fourth “Mummy,” if one should come his way.
“First, I'm going to check with my knee sports surgeon and see if I have enough fluid in my knees,” he says with a chuckle. “But, yeah, why not? I'm up for it."
“Again it all depends on the screenplay. It depends on the story. It depends on how this one goes over and it depends on if people want this. I couldn't go anywhere in the last six, seven years without a kid, or a guy who grabs your bag, or someone on the street, people in pinstripes on elevators going, 'When is there going to be another "Mummy" movie?'
“I've been like, 'Well, I've been waiting for the call myself because I missed playing Rick O'Connell.’ I'm guilty. I admit it. I have a good time doing this. Playing Rick, you get to do a lot of fun stuff.”
And, apparently, audiences really enjoy watching Fraser have that kind of fun.
John M. Urbancich
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