The spotlight of Brendan Fraser’s Oscars evening was profitable the Academy Award for greatest actor because of his acclaimed efficiency in Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale,” however maybe in second place was a protracted overdue reunion with megastar Dwayne Johnson. The 2 actors starred collectively practically 22 years in the past in “The Mummy Returns,” the sequel to Fraser’s 1999 blockbuster “The Mummy” that marked Johnson’s movie appearing debut in Hollywood.
“Very cool full circle second right here with my very long time buddy Brendan Fraser and his sons,” Johnson wrote on Instagram together with a video of the 2 actors reuniting backstage on the 2023 Oscars. “My very first movie of my Hollywood profession was ‘The Mummy Returns,’ which Brendan was the star. A lot of critics and cynics betting towards me at the moment, however Brendan welcomed me with open arms and was very supportive. I always remember sort individuals.”
Johnson added, “Now years later, Brendan wins his Oscar for greatest actor in ‘The Whale’ and I went on to develop into well-known for carrying a fanny pack. Congratulations, brother – take pleasure in your flowers.”
Johnson made his Hollywood debut in “The Mummy Returns” as Mathayus of Akkad/The Scorpion King. The sequel earned $435 million on the worldwide field workplace and led to Johnson’s personal spinoff film “The Scorpion King” in 2002. “The Scorpion King” was the primary Hollywood film to be headlined by Johnson, who has since develop into a billion-dollar grossing field workplace star.
Fraser’s emotional best actor acceptance speech was one of many highlights of the 2023 Oscars. “I began on this enterprise 30 years in the past, issues didn’t come straightforward to me however there was a facility that I didn’t recognize on the time, till it stopped,” he famous. “I simply wish to say thanks for this acknowledgement.”
Johnson, who offered on the 2023 Oscars, was championing Fraser all awards season lengthy. Again in September following the world premiere of “The Whale” on the Venice Movie Pageant, Johnson shared a video of Fraser choking up throughout a standing ovation for the movie and wrote, “Man this makes me so joyful to see this stunning ovation for Brendan. He supported me coming into his ‘Mummy Returns’ franchise for my first ever function, which kicked off my Hollywood profession. Rooting for all of your success brother.”
Johnson and Fraser additionally share a second Hollywood connection because of Warner Bros.’ “Journey to the Middle of the Earth” franchise. Fraser headlined the 2008 unique, whereas Johnson took over because the star of the 2012 sequel “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.”