Brendan Fraser Finally Opened Up To Reveal The Harrowing Truth Of His Departure From Hollywood

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But he didn’t have to be hurled into arcade games for long. Fraser landed his breakout film role in 1992’s Encino Man. In it, he played an ice-entombed caveman who is defrosted in the present day – a silly fish-out-of-water story made unexpectedly great by Fraser’s performance. The film received terrible reviews, but ultimately succeeded at the box office. It put Fraser on the path to stardom.

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And stardom duly arrived with 1997’s George of the Jungle. The snappy children’s comedy established Fraser as not only a talented leading man, but also as a bit of a sex symbol. His physique was on display throughout the movie, and people liked what they saw. Fraser had all the qualities of an A-list actor, and he was well on his way there.

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Next up came The Mummy, a hugely successful movie but one that was an utter nightmare to film. The cast found themselves working in scorching hot conditions, with dangerous spider and snake encounters a common problem. But Fraser suffered more than most. In fact, things went drastically wrong during one stunt that featured Fraser’s character strung up on a noose. Terrifyingly, a problem with the tension in the rope meant the actor was close to being hanged for real. Indeed, Fraser actually stopped breathing and nearly died.

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