The Mummy franchise star Brendan Fraser is among the leading names in the entertainment industry. The versatile actor and comedian started his career in 1991 but came to the limelight with George of the Jungle. Fraser experimented a lot with the genres in movies like dramatic roles in Gods and Monsters (1998) and fantasy roles in Journey to the Center of the Earth. The actor won the Oscars for his incredible performance in 2022’s The Whale.
Not many people know that Inkheart actor is a massive fan of the superstar Harrison Ford. The actor got the chance to work with him in the movie in 2010. However, he became so nervous that he forgot his lines. In this situation, Harrison Ford did something that completely threw off Fraser and the whole crew.
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Harrison Ford helped nervous Brendan Fraser remember his lines
Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser worked together on the movie Extraordinary Measures, which was based on a true story. Fraser played the role of John Crowley, who was a real person that had left his high-profile job for taking care of his sick children. Ford was highly impressed with his incredible acting of Fraser and how he added his personality to the role.
Morning Glory star shared in an interview with Collider,
“No, what Brendan brought, from the very first time we read through the material together and when we talked about it, was an authenticity. He didn’t attempt an imitation of John Crowley. He just reached into his own experience and his own emotions and understood, and because he understood and because he felt, he’s had a lot of experience.”
However, Fraser shared that he was extremely nervous working with the legendary actor. He was unable to memorize a line in the script in his presence, even after giving 15 attempts. Hence, Ford came up with a plan. He took the assistance of crew members and using duct tape and a sharpie pasted the line on his forehead for Fraser to read. Seeing this whole cast including Fraser, burst out laughing.
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Harrison Ford reveals the reason for taping a piece of the script to the forehead
Indiana Jones actor shared he did not mean anything bad by taping the script onto his forehead. He added that he was only trying to get Brendan Fraser to loosen up, and feel relaxed. Ford said,
“Every once in a while, an actor gets stuck on something, and he just needs to relax. I was just trying to get him to relax. Acting is all about being comfortable. Marlon Brando once said that an actor can’t care about anything or the audience will see it on his face. Maybe Brendan was caring too much.”
The movie was quite moving and heart-wrenching, which impressed the critics. The acting of Harrison Ford as Dr. Robert Stonehill and Brendan Fraser as John Crowley added life to the movie, the duo teamed up to save the lives of two critically sick kids.
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Source- Showbiz Cheat Sheet