‘Brendan Did It To Himself So He Can’t Blame Anybody’: The Mummy Director Says Rumors Brendan Fraser Nearly Died On Set Have Been Greatly Exaggerated


Brendan Fraser’s The Mummy is one of those movies that, even 25 years later, people still talk about. Unfortunately, it seems that some of that talk isn’t entirely accurate. Director Stephen Sommers recently debunked the idea that Tom Cruise was considered for the lead role, and while he’s at it, he’s also looking to put to bed the story that Fraser almost died on set.

The story that has been told, including by Brendan Fraser himself, is that the actor nearly died by strangulation when a scene in which his character is supposed to be hanged went awry. In Fraser’s version of the hanging story, it was Sommers who asked that the tension on the rope be taken up, but according to the director speaking with The Daily Beast, it was Fraser who asked that the noose be tighter. Sommers said…

Brendan put the rope around his neck and got too into it. He’s a very eager guy and was like ‘tighten it up… make it tight around the neck.

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