Brendan Fraser Was Choked And Nearly Killed By A Snake While Filming The Mummy
For all the effects and tricks that goes on behind the scenes, moviemaking can be a dangerous business. Or at least it looks like it was for Brendan Fraser on the set of the original Mummy. Along with the cast including Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo and writer/director Stephen Sommers, Fraser shot the film in Morocco. According to the actor, the “bugs looked like armored vehicles” and he a couple run-ins with death. In his words:
Eeek! This sounds terrifying! In the wise words of fellow movie adventurer Indiana Jones: “why did it have to be snakes!” It doesn’t help that Brendan Fraser was pissing when he received a visit from the deadly reptile but thankfully it’s danger had been identified to him prior and he knew to book it.
A brief meet-and-greet with a deadly snake is nothing compared to Brendan Fraser’s next story about his brush with death. It happened during the scene in The Mummy when Fraser’s Rick O’Connell is about to be publicly hung as Rachel Weisz’ Evie tries to barter for his life. Here’s what the actor said of the scene:
Here’s the scene he’s talking about, from the 1999 adventure:
When the close ups featuring Brendan Fraser instead of the stuntman were done on set, director Stephen Sommers needed the actor to look more believably like he was being strangled to death and he actually was to some degree. Fraser continued to EW with:
Wow. The noose ended up becoming so tight on him that he actually knocked out during the filming of the scene. His description on how it felt is insane too. You can tell he was a blend of scared and pissed off after that happened and rightly so. However, the director tells it different. Stephen Sommers says Fraser is “totally to blame” and “he did it to himself”. While the actor agrees “it was my fault” but only because he was following the direction of the scene.
Debates aside, Brendan Fraser and Stephen Sommers are still good friends and collaborators even if they still disagree on that on-set moment. Can you believe it’s been 20 years since The Mummy hit theaters? The movie remains a classic, untarnished by Universal’s flopped remake in 2017 that attempted to begin a “Dark Universe” for movie monsters that has since been scrapped.
Brendan Fraser now stars in DC’s acclaimed Doom Patrol television series as Robotman and Rachel Weisz will be in the Black Widow movie coming in May 2020.
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