BrendanJames Fraser a person you have probably seen but never really knew his name.Brendan Fraser was born on December 3, 1968, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hisfather is Pete Fraser and his mother is Carol Fraser. He was the youngest offour. While traveling around with his dad he found his love for the theater inLondon. When Fraser was a teenager he started to perform in Seattle Washingtonhe worked in the laughing horse summer theater.
He went to Upper Canada CollegePreparatory School in Toronto for college. The he finished his college years inSeattle. Brendan got his first movie acting role in Dogfight(1991) as sailor #1. This showed his prowess in acting and helped him start toshape his career. In 1992 Brendan got two leading roles. One in school tieswhich is a drama about a kid who goes to a boarding school in the 1950’s andmust conceal the fact that he is Jewish.
The second is Encino man a 1992 comedyabout two teens finding and thawing out a caveman. The teens show the cavemanmodern life and he gets them to actually enjoy life. His next comedy 1994’s Airheads was a flop andwasn’t very successful. But Fraser hit it big with his next comedy George ofthe jungle based off the cartoon of the same name. About a man raised by apesfalling with a wealthy girl. Around this time in 1998 he got married to AftonSmith. After this Brendan Fraser hit the gold vein. He starred in the mummy.
This is one of Brendan Fraser’s most well-known movies. Thiswas one of the most successful movies of that time. It was about a Frencharcheologist that uncovers an ancient evil that wreaks havoc on him and hiscrew. After this success he did two more mummy movies. I will talk about thethird one later but the second was more successful than the first. The secondmummy was basically the same formula but the mummy is released in London.
Thispulled in lots of cash about $202,019,785 to be exact. Brendan has also been nominated and won differentawards for his performance in different movies. Like Crash a movie about race,loss and redemption won three Oscars. But Brendan himself was a part of thebest cast ensemble. This shows he knows how to pick a good script.
Howeverthis is the beginning of the on and off good roles in films. Brendan seemed tochoose terrible movies like monkey bone. A 2001 film about acartoonist who gets trapped in his own creation and must race against his creationmonkey bone. The art style is a hybrid with animation and live action.
Peoplehated it and only gave it a mediocre reviews and a minuscule amount of revenueor basically none at all. Monkey bone only made 7.6 million dollars. This was ahuge flop because it cost them 75 million to make it. If adjusted to moderninflation they lost $93,986,444.07. Yet they still castBrendan as a creditable actor.
I mean come on they still tried the same type ofmovie with the same actor. This movie is called looney toons back in action.It’s the same type of idea to mix live-action with animation.
This did a lotbetter than monkey bone but it didn’t break its budgets mark. Making it anotherFraser flop. The movie made around $68,514,844not to break its 80 million dollar budget. After a few years of more differentroles as a voice actor or to play a role in a television programs he hitanother leading role in one of his last in movie. The journey to the center ofthe earth a 2008 film about a man on a quest to find out what happened to hismissing brother, a cast of different characters discover a fantastic anddangerous lost world in the center of the earth. This was one of his last prolific role exceptfor one other. In the same year they made the mummy tomb of the dragon emperor.
Critical pan by critics and audiences. This is one of his last leading orshould I say famous roles. It was about the son of the main character from thefirst two mummies.
That unearths a great evil. This basically ended his career as an actorand he only got parts in small budget films or unknown films. Thisis sad but we still remember his greatest achievement. His greatest achievementis staying in Hollywood after losing so much money for Hollywood itself.
This is because his highest grossing film the mummy returns probably kept theexecutives at bay. I haven’t really seen Brendan in an actual good movie. Buthis appeal to the masses kept the money flowing. But after his huge string offlops, I mean huge.
They basically made him a pariah after 2008. I meanhe loses more money than he makes for the movie companies. So he could be agood actor but the mummy movies spoiled his talent with their huge generalpopulace appeal. So when they flopped for 43 million on the third mummy. Theyfinally dropped him. So there weren’t any good mummy movies they just had massappeal. To be able to act this long on his string of flops is his biggestachievement. After basically being abandoned by bigHollywood he took refuge in smaller roles or TV shows.
At the same timesomething terrible happened to him. He was divorce his then 20 yearrelationship. This surprised me I thought his life was a cool and lavish onebut like us all he has to suffer. Earlier I mentioned hiswife Afton smith. Well she divorcedBrendan in 2008 but it finalized in 2009. This was a huge heavy blow forBrendan.
First he gets kicked out of Hollywood. Then his income dropsdramatically. Now he has to pay 900,000 alimony of his wife to keep her “lifestyle”. I believe this was an intentional and malignattack on Brendan’s income the way she wants to divorce him now is way tooperfect to want a divorce now after 10 years of marriage because you doesn’tlike him anymore. I know it looks as if I am giving Afton a hard time but atthis point Brendan’s life has gone a long ways from dogfight and is now inshambles. He also has to pay for childsupport now around 300,000 per year this is way too much even if he had themoney.
I mean I know that if you act in a movie youget paid regardless if it flops the money he probably squandered before doesn’tlast forever. It’s sad really that he was subject to this. This surprised me Ithought he was still living life on his mummy money. But alas he has to payyearly alimony that he probably can afford or provide. I don’t want to seeBrendan in jail for not being able to pay 300,000 child support. Continuing onthis point around 2013 he was given a lowered alimony because he could pay forit anymore.
But Afton as it turns out retired with her money that she earnedwith Brendan giving it to her and all. So when an accident in hurricane sandyhappened and Brendan had to cancel some of his roles which would take away hislast stream of income. He had to go to alimony court to get his alimony reduced.This angered Aftonwhich made her say that he can’t reduce alimony unless he made under 3 milliondollars a year. But he couldn’t make that much with all of his roles getting canceledso she is basically asking for money he doesn’t have. This is a blatant cashgrab and is pretty messed up. However this was all in the past and I believe heis doing better for himself. Now he is doing pretty ok as a smaller actor but Idoubt he would make the same amount of money than he did in the mummy movies soit’s highly likely the alimony was destroying him.
This is what surprised meabout Brendan Fraser.Ah to be BrendanFraser. I would not like to be Brendan James Fraser there are many reasons whyI would not want to be Brendan Fraser. I will outline them all here. Brendan isan actor. I do not wish to be an actor. For what I’ve seen in these last weekswith the Weinstein scandal and James tolbak Hollywood can be a scary place formen and women. Besides to act in a movie is hard I don’t have the drive orfollow through to go into so many bad roles and still come out ok.
Besidesbeing a famous actor is stressful and lonely. Not being ableto freely say what I really want to say is taxing. In acting you’re just ablank slate for a character to imprint upon. I have my own sort of agency and Iwould want acting to change that. I’m sure back in the day when Brendan waspopular and got lots of money for the movies he was in he was happy. But now adays he is down in the dumps and full of dread. I would never want to be that sad. I would getdepressed because I probably not be fulfilled in life.
Maybe he thinks hecheated because he didn’t write the script or movie, that he just played a roleand got payed. To be an actor is to want to get picked by a company that onlywants the consumer’s money. So I really wouldn’t want to be a part of that. Iwould hate myself for it.
That’s not to mention his wife left him and hischildren were taken away. This is devastating to a normal person how would itaffect a man who has just about lost his job and was thrown in the gutter foryears. All they do with Brendan now is brush all the grime from the gutter butthe stench still lingers. This means they bring him back just to throw himright back in. so every time he is thrown in the stench gets stronger. I’msurprised he didn’t quit. It’s probably because if the income and that’s all heknows. I wouldn’t want to be such a sucker to get my money and my taken fromme.
This a horrible situation for me and I wouldn’t want to wish it on someone else.Next he still hassome money but he is getting old and might not know when he acting capabilitieswill stop. So no I wouldn’t like to be an aging man with a dwindling income anda sad life. Not to mention his actually practical skill is to make a flop. Likeclockwork most of his movies made less than there budget. Brendan still getspayed regardless but to make flop like that is a skill itself.
I would feelaccomplished knowing that all I can do is act but even then I will make a flop.The man is a wreck. His life I terrible and I just don’t like most of hismovies. Like monkey bone I’ve talked about this but jeez man that was aterrible movie with a terrible outcome. Brendan Fraser had money fame but helost it to the big wigs in Hollywood, his previous wife, his children weretaken and expected to be played for. This all happened to one man and who saysit can’t happen to me or you or anyone.
But I’m sure he is a likeable guy andshould be optimistic with his life around him crumbling and not quitting. He stillacts to this day you can still see him in smaller acting roles. But his long disappearancewas worrying.
He has a tendencies to go away for long while and come back. Ican blame him I have a long hiatus to refine my acting skills and to choosebetter scripts. This even though I do not wish to become Brendan Fraser. Istill respect his life more than did before.In conclusion thisis why I chose Brendan Fraser as my biography subject. Brendan was a different type of character. His movies weren’t good but he still mademoney. When he acted well he was up there with the greats.
But his downfall wasthe most interesting. He made many flop and failure. This brought his career toa halt and so to his life. The pain he must have felt should be immeasurablebut he pulled through and kept on acting.
That gives him my upmost respect. I hope he has a better brighter futureahead of him.