|Honestly, this would have been better.|
What an odyssey Brendan Fraser's career has been. Encino Man introduced us to this endearing lunk of a man. True, most film fans likely dismissed him based on that credit only, what with his most compelling line of dialogue being "Betty...nugs."
|Pauly Shore was the draw for this movie. It was a different time...|
But the karmic wheel spins, and Fraser's slow downswing began almost immediately after The Mummy. His very next movie was Dudley Do-Right. Honestly, who remembers the cartoon Dudley Do-Right? Anyone? The answer is no, because it bombed at the box office ($70M budget, $9.6M gross), and the descent began. Monkeybone, two disappointing Mummy sequels, the sometimes-great-but-mostly-not Bedazzled, all adding to the dismal tally. A smallish role in the overwrought 2004 Best Picture Crash marks the last respectable film role for our hero. I give you his last 5 films, in order of oldest to newest:
-Journey To The Center Of The Earth (In "comin' atcha" 3D!)
-The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Hey, did you know there are Chinese mummies too? Yeah, Rachel Weisz didn't care, either.)
-Inkheart (Anybody out there see this? Again, the answer is no.)
-Extraordinary Measures (Really a Harrison Ford movie, and it bombed too)
-Furry Vengeance (92 minutes of our boy being kicked in the nuts by CGI raccoons)
I didn't include his uncredited appearance in G.I. Joe, though I will mention it to save some of his dignity.
|Buuuuuuut, then his delicately-waisted action figure steals it right away again.|
Rest in peace, Link. We'll always have Encino.