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Fraser addresses awful CGI in 'Mummy Returns'

2022 Nov 18, 7:42, Washington

Hollywood actor Brendan Fraser has finally addressed the abysmal visual effects that were used in 'The Mummy Returns' to bring Dwayne Johnson's Scorpion King to life 21 years ago.

According to Variety, during a retrospective interview with GQ magazine, when discussing the 2001 sequel, the actor wasted no time in bringing up the maligned CGI of the film.

Fraser said that even the film's VFX artists knew the Scorpion King CGI was awful, and they warned Fraser about it on the film's red carpet premiere. "I never met Dwayne until after the premiere because he was a piece of tape on a stick that we referred to," Fraser said.

He continued, "Of course they put him in CGI later. I know, I know. Be kind! The guys who did the CGI of the Scorpion King, [I saw them] at the premiere and they were like, 'Hey, how are you? We did the Scorpion King CGI. Yeah we needed a little more time. It was very last minute,'"according to Variety.

"Some of the charm of it now is...it could get remastered I guess, but it wouldn't be as fun if you didn't see this janky video game character of Dwayne. It's somehow just perfect how it works," Fraser added.

As per Variety, apart from 'The Mummy Returns', Johnson and Fraser share another Hollywood connection due to Warner Bros.' and it is "Journey to the Center of the Earth" franchise. Fraser headlined the 2008 original, while Johnson took over as the star of the 2012 sequel 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island'.


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