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“I never really did, to be honest, I was kinda naked”: Hollywood Legend Brendan Fraser Admits He Was Not Comfortable While Shooting George of the Jungle


Brendan Fraser’s return to the movie industry has been termed the comeback of the century. The actor has left both fans and critics in complete awe through his portrayal of the 600-pound reclusive English teacher who is slowly killing himself.

With the Oscar buzz surrounding the actor, he was recently asked about his time in the family comedy George in the Jungle. Although the actor had fun during its filming, the actor revealed that it wasn’t comfortable to be in George’s attire for the whole span of shooting.

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Brendan Fraser from The Whale
Brendan Fraser in The Whale

Brendan Fraser wasn’t comfortable with the loin cloth in George of the jungle

Brendan Fraser marked a new standard for male beauty in the industry through his portrayal of the titular character in the movie George of the jungle. But then went on to reveal that he wasn’t comfortable in the George outfit while filming the movie.

During an interview with Drew Barrymore, who was reminiscing some of Brendan Fraser’s most iconic roles, the actor jokingly shared that he was uncomfortable with the loin cloth for the whole span of filming. In the interview, the actor further expressed,

“I never really did, to be honest. I was kinda naked. I was spray painted like I was in the autobody every morning”

However, Fraser was able to attain a majestic look for the role, which even left his fellow co-stars feeling inferior. In a recent Variety actor-on-actor interview, Adam Sandler humorously mocked Brendan Fraser for making him feel bad about himself through his majestic physique.

Also read: ‘He makes you better. That’s a lot to do with why I got the job’: Brendan Fraser Thanks Matt Damon, Says 1992 ‘School Ties’ Co-Star Helped Him Not Feel Like an Outsider

Brendan Fraser in George of the Jungle
Brendan Fraser in George of the Jungle

The concept of George of the Jungle fascinated Brendan Fraser

Even after facing some minor inconveniences because of the body spray and clothing, Fraser admitted that he loved working in the movie. The Mummy actor also explained that he was a fan of the source material and that the concept of the book fascinated him.

The actor discussed the book from which the movie was adapted and designated the book as the Simpsons of the 60s and 70s. Although some parts of the movie may not hold up that much today, the concept of the book delivering subversive humor with an unexpected message underneath the guise of comedy fascinated him. He then stated,

“look it was a broad comedy, great fun to do, based on a J ward property that was George of the Jungle, In the 70s and the 60s it was kinda like the Simpsons of its time, you know a broad comedy like this to make sense that a guy that lives in a jungle that lives in a jungle and has a dog that an elephant is an entertainment.”

Also read: “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

Brendan Fraser in George of the Jungle
Brendan Fraser in George of the Jungle

Even though George of the Jungle movie as a whole isn’t the greatest work from the actor’s filmography, the passion that he put into the movie is undeniable. With The Whale garnering abundant praise and love from fans, Brendan Fraser has undoubtedly become one of the favorites to win the 2023’s Oscar race.

George of the Jungle is available to stream on Disney+.

Source: The Drew Barrymore Show

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 100 articles.