“Looking forward to all your success bro,” Johnson tweeted to The Whale star Fraser after the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson honors Brendan Fraser’s return to the big screen.
Johnson credited former “Mummy Returns” co-star Fraser with helping launch his own film career after making history in WWE. The Black Adam actor tweeted in support of Fraser after the standing ovation for the premiere of ‘The Whale’ at the Venice Film Festival, starring Fraser as the £600 teacher, went viral.
“Man this makes me so happy to see this beautiful ovation for Brendan,” Johnson wrote. “He helped me get into his ‘Mummy Returns’ franchise for my very first role, which launched my Hollywood career. Rooting for all your success brother and congratulations to my friend Darren Aronofsky. #The whale”
Johnson starred as the Scorpion King in 2001’s The Mummy Returns before landing his own character spinoff film of the same name in 2002. His career later took off with Walking Tall, Be Cool, Doom, Gridiron Gang and Get Smart. Johnson will next appear in Red One opposite Chris Evans, star in Robert Zemeckis’ The King, based on Hawaiian ruler King Kamehameha, and direct Shane Black’s superhero film Doc Savage. Johnson is also set to star in the remake of Big Trouble in Little China.
As for Fraser’s comeback tour, the ‘Batgirl’ actor will be honored at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival for A24 and Darren Aronofsky’s father-daughter drama starring Sadie Sink. Canadian-American actor Fraser will receive a TIFF Tribute Award for his “power and nuance” in The Whale, according to TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey.
“This former Torontonian was an action star, a screen comedian and a romantic lead,” Bailey said of Fraser. “We are delighted to welcome him home as the actor behind one of the best performances of the year.”
Fraser turned into a reclusive English teacher who wanted to reconnect with his teenage daughter (Sink).
“I want to learn from the people I’m working with at this point in my career,” Fraser said recently of the role. “I’ve had so much variety, lots of ups and downs, so in the second half of my time I want to feel like I’m contributing to the craft and I’m learning that from that too. This is a prime opportunity. I wanted to disappear into it. My hope was that I would become unrecognizable.”
He added, “I wanted to know what I’m capable of.”
Man, it makes me so happy to see that beautiful ovation for Brendan. He supported me in getting into his Mummy Returns franchise for my very first role that launched my Hollywood career. Thank you for all your success brother and congratulations to my mate Darren Aronofsky. #The whale 👏🏾
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 4, 2022
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/09/dwayne-johnson-brendan-fraser-mummy-returns-the-whale-1234759023/ Dwayne Johnson thanks Brendan Fraser for breakout role “Mummy Returns”.