Tuesday, August 04, 2009

I have a question.

Has Brendan Fraser ever made a movie that isn't puerile sci-fi/fantasy crap? And has he ever played a role that doesn't entail overacted, wide-eyed, scenery-chewing buffoonery? OK, I overstate.* A little. But seriously, let's take a look at selected highlights from the Fraser filmography:

Adventure at the Center of the Earth (2008)
The Mummy: Tomb
of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
Inkheart (2008)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
Revenge of the Mummy (2004)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Monkeybone (2001)
The Mummy (1999)
George of the Jungle (

And so it goes. In fact, in development at this writing, according to imdb, is "Untitled Journey to the Center of the Earth Sequel." Inasmuch as the film lacks a formal title as yet, I would like to suggest the following:

The Ever-Vengeful and Adventurous Mummy Re-Returns to the Jungle at the Center of the Earth..and This Time He Brings a Dragon!

I figure that covers all the bases.

Granted, the guy is as handsome as handsome gets (when he's not mugging for the camera), so I guess he's the perfect "dashing hero."
Besides, we've all gotta make a living somehow, and not every actor can be DeNiro or Penn. Hell, at least he's not perpetrating Ponzi schemes on fellow WASPs. But does the guy have no artistic ambitions at all?

On the other hand, perhaps it comes down to that memorable line from Magnum Force, the second Dirty Harry movie: "A man's got to know his limitations..."

* He did make The Scout with Albert Brooks...and no movie is ever made worse by Brooks' involvement. I thought it was hilarious and well-done. But that flick was about baseball, so I may be biased in my fondness for it.


Noadi said...

He's done a good job getting himself thoroughly typecast. Not quite as badly as Tommy Lee Jones but close.

Anonymous said...

Brendan might be sharp enough to realize that he can make a great living making crappy movies. Many Hollywood stars and starlets don't seem to realize they are in the schlock business. Tara Reid, for instance, was quoted as saying she "needed two more strong roles to revive her career". This assumes that "American Pie" is defined as "a strong role".
Maybe Brendan has the despair poster of french fries which states "Not everyone gets to be an astronaut when they grow up."

Anonymous said...

Gods and Monsters where he had the good sense to stay within his limitations by staying firmly within his comfort zone as a good natured, good looking lunk head. It was a tour de force example of knowing enough to stay out of the way of someone who really knows what they are doing (Ian McKellen).

I also greatly enjoyed him in his guest appearances on Scrubs. What did he play again? Oh yes a good looking goofball. But he does do it well.

RockitQueen said...

One time some coworkers and I got on the topic of "if you could have dinner with any person ever in history, who would it be?" And I kid you not, one woman said Brendan Frasier. It made me do a complete 180 on my opinion of her.

Steve Salerno said...

RQ: But...why does that not shock me? Let's face it, given the culture in which we live, do you actually expect most people to say Nelson Mandela or even Trent Reznor?

Cosmic Connie said...

OK, I confess. Ron and I are pretty fond of "Blast From The Past." (Although Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek are clearly the stars of that one.)

Also, Brendan did a rather sweet and quirky romantic comedy years ago called "Still Breathing." I kinda like that one too.

Anonymous said...

"The Quiet American". Ego te absolvo, Brendan.

Fred said...

Check out "With Honors". It's a terrific movie starring that also stars Joe Pesci and Patrick Dempsey.