Actor Brendan Fraser may be well known for his turn as the goofy, Tarzan-like George of the Jungle or as Professor Trevor Anderson in adventure capture Journey to the Center of the Earth – but arguably the one we all remember most was his role of Rick O’Connell in The Mummy films, which many of us enjoyed as kids.
The Mummy franchise kicked off in 1999, before sequels hit cinemas in 2001 and 2008, along with a spin-off film, The Scorpion King, in 2002.
But it looks like Fraser might not be done just yet, as he’s admitted he’d be ‘absolutely’ up for another round.
The star made an appearance at Fan Expo Canada, where he was asked if there are any future Mummy films on the horizon.
Fraser replied: “For me? Do you want one?”
The room filled with cheers, prompting Fraser to joke: “Did you hear that, Universal?”
He was then asked a bit more explicitly if he would sign on for a reboot if he were approached, to which he said: “Absolutely!”
After someone referenced the fact Universal had failed to successfully reboot the franchise, Fraser playfully pretended not to know, quipping: “Oh they did?!”
He added: “Just gotta say, I know how hard it is to make that movie. I tried to do it three times, and the essential ingredient is fun.
“You gotta remember to have fun. So if there’s a fun way to approach it again, I’m all in.”
While Fraser’s movie credits have continued to drop through his Mummy days wrapped, most recently he’s focused more on TV roles, including 2018’s Trust and Doom Patrol, a series based on the DC superhero team of the same name in which he currently stars as Cliff Steele/Robotman.
In an interview with GQ, he also admitted that he chose to take a bit of time away from the limelight following the film roles that made him famous in the 1990s and 2000s, saying there were several reasons behind that decision.
Firstly, Fraser found himself in and out of hospital for almost seven years, having to undergo several surgeries including a laminectomy, a couple of lumbar (spine-related) surgeries, a partial knee replacement and repairs on his vocal cords.
Across a 10-year period, Fraser also have to overcome several other personal obstacles.
He said: “I changed houses, I went through a divorce. Some kids were born. I mean, they were born, but they’re growing up.
“I was going through things that mould and shape you in ways that you’re not ready for until you go through them.”
As part of his kids, Griffin, Holden and Leland, ‘growing up’, Fraser also found it important to invest a lot of energy into family time.
Fraser added: “Griffin’s rated on the autism spectrum. So he needs extra love in the world, and he gets it – and his brothers, ever since they were small. One was always the spokesperson and the other was the enforcer.”