Brendan Fraser, to me, is a complete Hollywood mystery. He’s got as many flops and he does blockbuster successes, and there’s no real pattern to them. Just when you’ve given him up for dead again, after another Dudley Do-Right or Monkeybone, he strikes back with another Mummy film or Journey to the Center of the Earth. And yet, like few actors who have managed five $100 million movies, it seems we know very little about Fraser. He’s Canadian. He seems like a really nice guy. And he has a terrible agent. He also seems like less an actor than a place-filler, although I’ve always enjoyed him in his comedic roles (Blast from the Past, Encino Man and even Bedazzled.
And just as we were about to give up on him again after the failures of the terrible Extraordinary Measures and Furry Vengeance, Fraser now has four movies in the works, including a heist comedy (Whole Lotta Sole), Gimme Shelter (as a shitty father), and an interesting film with dim box-office prospects in Four Kings, in which Fraser would play Colonel Lord Francis Nicholson, “a vastly wealthy Brit who self-finances the [French and Indian] war in the hope of creating a utopian society in what is now Canada.” But he’s also got a potential blockbuster in the works with William Tell 3D, another fairy-tale turned film (and Anna Paquin is being recruited to play his wife).
None of the four movies sounds that compelling, but if they follow the same pattern than Fraser’s career has followed, two will be bombs, one will be middling, and one will quietly make $100 million.
But you know what is interesting about Brendan Fraser? His hair. There’s no rhyme or reason to it! Just when we’ve given him up for bald, the luscious mane comes roaring back. You can never count that man’s hair out.