“He stopped breathing”: Brendan Fraser Nearly Died for a $4 Million Paycheck in 1999 Cult-Classic, Had to be Resuscitated

"He stopped breathing": Brendan Fraser Nearly Died for a $4 Million Paycheck in 1999 Cult-Classic, Had to be Resuscitated
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Brendan Fraser has been a popular performer for a long time. Fraser’s career has been marked by outstanding performances, beginning with his breakthrough role in Encino Man in 1992 and most recently in The Whale, for which he received widespread critical acclaim. However, he nearly lost his life during the production of the 1999 classic film The Mummy.

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Fraser lost consciousness and stopped breathing while filming the hanging scene for The Mummy because the rope around his neck became too tight. The film industry, criticized for threatening actors, received a rude awakening from the incident. Fraser’s near-death experience sparked a conversation about the need for stricter regulations and improved safety protocols on film sets.

When Brendan Fraser Has To Be Resuscitated

Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz

Fraser portrays Rick O’Connell, an adventurer tasked with vanquishing an ancient mummy, in the original film of the legendary franchise. Something terrible happened, however, while they were shooting the hanging scene.

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Fraser passed out and stopped breathing after the rope around his neck became too tight. It was a terrifying scene that caught everyone on set by surprise.  In an interview, Rachel Weisz, who played Evelyn Carnahan in The Mummy, recalled the incident.

“He [Fraser] stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated.”

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Fraser discussed it on The Kelly Clarkson Show for the first time. He said the rope around his neck tightened too much because he was standing on his toes. It didn’t look like Fraser was choking, so director Stephen Sommers told him to sell it more.

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Brendan Fraser Recounts Almost Dying

Brendan Fraser in The Mummy
Brendan Fraser in The Mummy

On the final take, Brendan Fraser blacked out because the crew member holding the rope had pulled it too high.

“I was stuck on my toes – I had nowhere to go but down. And so he was pulling up, and I was going down, and the next thing I knew, my elbow was in my ear, the world was sideways, there was gravel in my teeth, and everyone was really quiet.”

Many people questioned the risk-taking of actors after Fraser’s incident, leading to discussions about the need for stricter safety regulations in the film industry. It also highlighted the need for stricter regulations and procedures to protect performers on set.

Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser

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Despite the incident, Fraser continued his career in the movie industry, starring in films like Journey to the Center of the Earth, Crash, and The Whale. His recent role in The Whale earned him best actor nominations (including one for an Academy Award) and widespread critical acclaim. His ability to shake off the setback and carry on with his career reflects his passion for acting and dedication to his craft.

Brendan Fraser’s near-death experience on the set of The Mummy was a terrifying moment that shocked everyone and sparked a discussion about safety regulations in the movie industry. As the movie industry evolves, safety must remain a top priority for all involved.

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