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The Rock celebrates Brendan Fraser after the standing ovation video.

by John Paul
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While everyone praises Fraser’s return to the industry, Dwayne the Rock Johnson is celebrating Brendan Fraser’s emotional viral video. Fraser was there when Johnson started his acting career. They worked alongside in 2001’s The Mummy Returns, where Johnson played the antagonist, the Scorpion King. Johnson would then lead the 2002 sequel. It was his first major lead role, getting a more prominent storyline for the character as a protagonist.

Although Johnson is an A-list actor now, Fraser’s career saw a significant decline in early 2010. The career dive led to a short hiatus before he began his return with a repetitive role on Showtime’s The Affair. Fraser’s roles in FX’s Trust, HBO Max’s Doom Patrol, and Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Move helped him immensely to regain stardom. Currently, Fraser has several major projects in his pipeline; one of them is already receiving early praise. While Fraser is garnering acclaim, one of his former costars is also getting in on the celebrations of his comeback.

A viral video of Brendan Fraser‘s emotional reaction to his standing ovation for The Whale was released shortly after the film’s premiere at Venice Film Festival. At his point, Dwayne Johnson took to Twitter to honor his former Mummy costar. He recalled how he helped him launch his career and expressed his excitement for his return. Below is Johnson’s touching tweet.

“Man this makes me so happy to see this beautiful ovation for Brendan. He supported me coming into his Mummy Returns franchise for my first ever role, which kicked off my Hollywood career. Rooting for all your success brother and congrats to my bud Darren Aronofsky.”

Johnson’s celebration of Fraser’s return and the emotional viral video will be a touching sentiment for fans and The Mummy franchise. Johnson even missed the chance to appear alongside Fraser in many other franchises. However, he took over the lead role in the Journey to the Center of the Earth sequel and also in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. While Fraser made a cameo appearance in the latter, reuniting with Stephen Sommers, his Mummy director.

Since Brendan Fraser’s career is on the rise again, it will be interesting to see him reunite with Dwayne Johnson, particularly following Johnson’s reaction to Fraser’s viral video will be interesting. Previously, they almost met in the DC Extended Universe, with Johnson playing Black Adam and Fraser set to portray the evil Firefly for Batgirl. However, the future of this movie is uncertain since it has been shelved after production. Meanwhile, The Whale will be in theaters on December 9th, so audiences can celebrate Fraser’s return.



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