Brendan Fraser’s career almost came to a halt in 1999 after choking on the set of The Mummy

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Now that Brendan Fraser is slowly making a comeback in the entertainment industry after his successful performance in The whaleit’s time for him to embark on new projects and join popular franchises, just like the good old The Mummy series of films that brought him fame in the early 2000s.

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Rachel Weisz and Brendan Fraser in The Mummy Returns

Avid Fraser fans remember the actor nearly dying in a filming accident on the set of The Mummy in 1999. It was almost a near-death experience that could have ended his career (and his life) very soon. Fraser portrayed Rick O’Connell, the main character of The Mummy.

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Brendan Fraser nearly lost his life and career on set

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Considered one of the best adventure films of all time, The MummyThe production of included several sets, but many scenes were shot in Morocco and the Sahara. The intense heat almost caused dehydration, the sandstorms were huge problems and the wildlife was so crazy that people had to be airlifted to avoid getting bitten.

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Brendan Fraser’s scene where he was hanged almost took his life, literally. The filming of this scene was marred by several errors. The actor shared this horrific experience in his interview with Weekly entertainmentsaying he “completely suffocated.” Fraser did the close-ups while a stuntman was required on most wide-angle shots. Director Stephen Sommer requested a second take with the rope a bit tighter. The stuntman mistakenly tied it a little too tight, and Fraser wanted to make it look realistic, but it choked him until he passed out.

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Filming accidents happen more often than we know

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Brendan Fraser in The Mummy Returns

State-of-the-art technology and security measures have advanced over the years, but when Fraser was filming for The Mummy, many scenes had to be performed physically. It’s certainly not the first time that actors have nearly died on set due to errors as such. Isla Fisher nearly drowned while filming Now you see me, where his character was doing a magic trick submerged in water. Leonardo DiCaprio was also injured on the set of Django Unchained which made his hands bleed.

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Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between good acting and a call for help, so it’s important to always have someone on standby and recognize the signals. But, now that Brendan Fraser is back to his game and ready to conquer Hollywood with new projects to come, his career will continue to thrive despite the infamous accident that happened to him decades ago.

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