Brendan Fraser’s 1997 comedy favourite “George of the Jungle” spawned a 2003 direct-to-DVD sequel wherein Fraser was changed by actor Christopher Showerman. A number of characters touch upon the actor swap in “George of the Jungle 2,” with one joking that Disney was too low cost to rent Fraser for a second time. It seems that was true. Fraser lately confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that he was approached for “George of the Jungle 2” however turned down the provide due to the wage.
“I believe ‘George’ acquired a remake, and so they constructed a joke into it that the studio was too low cost to rent me, which wasn’t inaccurate,” Fraser mentioned.
“I used to be approached. I can’t keep in mind what I used to be doing on the time, however I felt like I needed to go do ‘The Quiet American’ as an alternative with Michael Caine, and shoot the primary Western movie in Vietnam ever, directed by Phillip Noyce, to inform an infinitely American story,” Fraser continued. “I’m at all times making numerous selections, and, hopefully, that retains me and an viewers . With a little bit of distance, I believe they’ve all cumulatively led as much as the place I’m in now.”
With out Fraser, the “George of the Jungle” franchise went straight to DVD and kind of flamed out. Selecting to go do “The Quiet American” as an alternative was a wise transfer, because the 2003 drama earned important acclaim and netted Michael Caine an Oscar nomination for finest actor.
Maybe one of many causes Fraser was holding out for more cash for “George of the Jungle 2” was as a result of enjoying the position the primary time took such a toll on his well being. Fraser advised Adam Sandler as a part of Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series that his reminiscence began getting screwy after he starved himself of carbs in an effort to get into muscular form for “George of the Jungle.”
“I used to be waxed. Starved of carbohydrates,” Fraser mentioned. “I’d drive house after work and cease to get one thing to eat. I wanted some money sooner or later, and I went to the ATM, and I couldn’t keep in mind my PIN quantity as a result of my mind was misfiring. Banging on the factor. I didn’t eat that night time.”
Fraser is at the moment incomes Oscar buzz for his efficiency in “The Whale,” opening in theaters Dec. 9 from A24.