How Brendan Fraser Went Viral On TikTok

Brendan Fraser was one of the biggest stars of the '90s, but in recent years the beloved actor has all but disappeared from the spotlight. In 2018, GQ went directly to the man himself, posing the question of what had happened to him. The truth was surprisingly devastating — the "Mummy" star revealed he'd been sexually assaulted by a high-ranking member of the industry, leading him to retreat from it almost entirely — but thankfully, by speaking up, Fraser reminded everybody what they were missing. 

In a follow-up piece, in August 2021, GQ reported that the actor's renaissance was in full swing. First, he was cast in Darren Aronofsky's "The Whale," then in Steven Soderbergh's "No Sudden Move," and finally in Martin Scorsese's "Killers of the Flower Moon." You'd be hard-pressed to find a more impressive trio of filmmakers than that, and they were all eager to work with Fraser. Moreover, the characteristically humble performer was more shocked (and delighted) than anyone to finally be in the mix again. 

It might surprise you to learn, however, that Fraser's ascent back to the top of the A-list was precipitated by none other than TikTok.

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Social media boosted Brendan Fraser's comeback

The "Brenaissance" is truly upon us, and not a moment too late. The movement to reaffirm beloved '90s star Brendan Fraser as one of our faves began following a 2018 GQ profile, in which he opened up about why Hollywood hasn't heard much from him lately. Aside from allegedly being groped by Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Peter Berk at an industry event (Berk apologized, but denied any wrongdoing), Fraser suffered multiple physical injuries and lost his beloved mother. Per Cheat Sheet, the actor's honesty about what happened to him made a huge impression on social media.

In an interview posted to TikTok, the "Mummy" star got visibly choked up when he was reassured everybody was rooting for him (via YouTube). Interviewer Lindley Key described Fraser as "what the world needs right now," explaining how his kindness and positive attitude inspired fans all over the world. The short clip quickly amassed millions of views and positive comments, reminding fans why they fell in love with Fraser in the first place.

The actor appeared in plenty of high-profile movies during the late nineties and early 2000s, including the "Mummy" franchise, "George of the Jungle," "Dudley Do-Right," and more. He also had a number of TV parts to his name, including a recurring role on "Scrubs." Thankfully, it looks like the next few years will be highly lucrative for the beloved star as he mounts a long overdue comeback. And suffice to say, we're fully behind him all the way.