After Two Decades of Struggle, Brendan Fraser Is Back 

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Twitter isn’t the most inspiring place to be, but once in a blue moon, it can be. Brendan Fraser has united Wholesome Twitter with his movie-worthy return to the big screen. After almost 20 years of personal struggles, the Mummy actor is back after spending the last few years trying to turn his career around. And audiences couldn’t be more pleased. 

In a now-viral video, Brendan Fraser received a six-minute standing ovation at the 79th Venice International Film Festival for his portrayal in The Whale, a psychological drama by Darren Aronofsky. Fraser was visibly brought to tears in gratitude, which no doubt got others a little teary-eyed as well. 

In the ‘90s and ‘00s, Brendan Fraser’s films made up the childhood of many now-grown millennials. He’s best remembered for his iconic roles in The Mummy, George in the Jungle, and Journey to the Center of the Earth. At the time, all signs pointed toward even more success, but his personal life was rife with struggle. 

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In 2018, Fraser claimed he was sexually assaulted by the then-president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Philip Berk in 2003. Five years later, he divorced his wife and was ordered to pay $900,000 per year in child support and alimony. A few years later, his mother died from cancer. On top of depression, Fraser also spent almost seven years getting multiple surgeries as he confessed that doing movie stunts destroyed his body. 

His multiple body injuries, the sexual assault, and the Hollywood backlash for speaking out led to his career to spiral. But now he’s back with a successful career revival, putting his critics in his place. After going to hell and back, Fraser’s life is a movie in real-time and we can’t get enough of it. 

There are enough “downfall” stories in the world. So here’s to second chances and the people turning their lives around. 

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