Remember this guy?
I do. I like Brendan Fraser, or at least, I like a lot of his older movies. I enjoy The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. (Yes, I like The Mummy Returns. Get over it.) He’s fun enough in Bedazzled. I really like him in Gods and Monsters a whole lot, and I seem to remember School Ties being pretty decent. I even liked his guest spot on Scrubs.
But then I see him in movies like this . . .
. . . and I just want to weep.
What I Want to See Instead:
Nothing family-friendly, that’s for sure. I’m not saying he needs to star in the next Hostel or anything, but half of this man’s career has been dominated by kids’ movies, and not the good kind of kids’ movies, like Matilda or Enchanted or The Goonies. I don’t want Disney anywhere near this man, not unless it’s awesome-sauce Disney, like The Avengers.
But I think I’d rather see him in a drama, anyway, maybe something a little more action-oriented, like a thriller, and/or a serial killer movie. (I don’t know if I’d want him to be the serial killer. Maybe. I was thinking one of the cops, but playing against type as a bad guy, well, that could be kind of fun too.) He could also be in a drama-drama, something about family and life or whatnot, but nothing too inspirational with a capital I, lest he end up in another movie like this . . .
I do not want to see the words “miracle” or “inspired by a true story”. Might be best if there’s no Harrison Ford, either.
The other, possibly better way Fraser could go would be TV. A couple of good guest spots can help boost a struggling career, especially if you can prove versatility by doing both comedy and drama. (Not to mention, a great guest role can always lead to being a series regular.)
A year ago, I might have suggested a stint on Community, but unfortunately, the show is struggling pretty hard to find its rhythm without Dan Harmon at the helm. So, I’d throw him on Cougar Town instead — a show that’s always looking for more Scrubs alum — and then maybe something a bit more serious, like, I don’t know, The Good Wife. (I’m literally just guessing with The Good Wife, since I’ve never actually seen it. I hear good things, though, and they seem to have all kinds of cool guest arcs.)
Finally, I think Fraser should show up on one of the post-apocalyptic shows, say, Revolution or preferably The Walking Dead, as I’m still watching that one.
Because, come on. Who doesn’t want to see Rick O’Connell against some zombies?
6 thoughts on “The Downward Spiral: Brendan Fraser”
Encino Man remains one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Maybe he can do an Encino Man 2? It can’t be worse than any of the other movies he’s starred in during the past decade!
You know, I’ve never actually seen Encino Man. But it’s hard to imagine anything being worse than Furry Vengeance.
A year ago, I might have suggested a stint on Community, but unfortunately, the show is struggling pretty hard to find its rhythm without Dan Harmon at the helm.
I’d be more blunt – it now sucks. I only recently became a fan, mainly because of it being mentioned here, and devoured the first three seasons. I’ve been very disappointed with Season 4, and the most recent episode I turned off after no more than five minutes. They’ve tried to reverse engineer the show but are missing a key element – a bit like Doctor Frankenstein’s efforts to create life. Sure, it lives, technically.
So, I’d throw him on Cougar Town instead
Cougar Town I couldn’t get into. I gave it a chance because of Abed’s love of it, and while I expected something bad-but-fun (a so-bad-it’s-good kind of thing) I didn’t make it through to the end of the first episode.
Encino Man remains one of my favorite guilty pleasures.
Yes, mine too, although I haven’t seen it in a while. That and In the Army Now are too Pauly Shore movies I actually like.
I actually don’t think Community completely sucks, but it’s definitely not what it was. I’m still kind of hoping that it will get there — because I see tiny flashes of it, occasionally — but I doubt it will make it before it gets cancelled, if at all.
I like Cougar Town a lot. I don’t think I started loving it until the second season, but I did like it pretty early on. I enjoy its insanity, and wouldn’t put it into a bad-bad OR a so-bad-it’s-good category. I think it’s extremely underrated.
You doing ok young Lady?…I mean this is less than 12 thousand words and they are all….nice…words……love, Papa
You realize the more comments I get like this, the more I actually want to write a review with a swear word in every sentence, right? 🙂