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“He welcomed me in when he didn’t have to”: Dwayne Johnson Thanked Brendan Fraser for Letting Him Star in ‘The Mummy Returns’ – Kickstarting Hollywood Career

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Dwayne Johnson has become one of the most known faces in both the world of movies and pro wrestling. His electrifying persona and charisma have helped him become one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood.

Even after garnering abundant success over the years, the Rock still hasn’t forgotten the impact of Brendan Fraser in the early days of his movie career. The Black Adam actor has repeatedly praised The Mummy actor for helping him kickstart his career in Hollywood and shares his happiness for the actor’s recent success.

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Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson commended Brendan Fraser for launching him in Hollywood

At a time when Pro wrestlers were trying to shift in Hollywood but were significantly failing, including the likes of Hulk Hogan. Dwayne Johnson was the one who broke the curse and now has become one of the known faces in the movie industry.

During the Black Adam premiere, the actor recalled his first breakthrough role which arrived in The Mummy Returns. He commended Brendan Fraser for giving him the opportunity and kickstarting his acting career. Even though the role of Mathayus isn’t considered the Rock’s most memorable portrayal, it sure did push his career forward. He further stated,

I came from the world of wrestling, which was an obstacle to come here because people–I had the sense right away that the people thought oh he’s gonna be in Hollywood maybe a couple of years, make a few movies, and then he’s out. But no, I made the Mummy returns, which Brendan said come into my franchise. He welcomed me in when he didn’t have to and he did and I never forgot it.

Since then, the Black Adam actor has become a global phenomenon and has starred in several blockbusters over the years. But without the role in The Mummy Returns, the people’s champion might not have become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

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Dwayne Johnson in Black Adam (2022).
Dwayne Johnson in Black Adam (2022).

Dwayne Johnson Praised Brendan Fraser for his performance in The Whale

Dwayne Johnson hasn’t shied away from singing praises for the actor Brendan Fraser and always has been grateful to the actor for launching the Rock in Hollywood. The Rock also hasn’t backed away from admiring Brendan Fraser’s recent performance in The Whale.

Brendan Fraser’s performance as the 600-pound reclusive English teacher has left all critics and fans in awe and went on to garner a 6-minute standing ovation at the Venice film festival. Dwayne Johnson also shared his admiration for the immaculate performance of Brendan Fraser and his happiness for the actor’s success. The Rock further expressed,

“Man this makes me so happy to see this beautiful ovation for Brendan. He supported me coming into his Mummy Returns franchise for my first-ever role, which kicked off my Hollywood career. Rooting for all your success brother and congrats to my bud Darren Aronofsky.”

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Brendan Fraser and Dwayne Johnson.
Brendan Fraser and Dwayne Johnson.

Dwayne Johnson has always been grateful to Brendan Fraser for helping him to get where he is now. Even though his latest movie Black Adam didn’t live up to the expectations, that doesn’t undermine the colossal star power the actor has garnered over the years.

The Mummy Returns is available to stream on Netflix.

Source: Access Hollywood 

Written by Santanu Roy

Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with Batman and The Everly Brothers. Apart from pursuing animation and analyzing movies, he possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a content writer at Fandomwire with over 500 articles.