Brendan Fraser left fans starstruck on Friday night as he crashed a screening of his 1999 film The Mummy at London’s Prince Charles Theatre.
The actor, 54, who is hotly-tipped for awards season success following his role in The Whale, arrived at the theater dressed as his character for the special appearance.
And taking to the stage to chat with the audience, he shared: ‘I am proud to stand before you tonight’.
‘I am proud to stand before you tonight’: Brendan Fraser supresses fans as he crashes a London screening of The Mummy while dressed like his iconic character from the flick
The crowd went wild as cheers and claps surrounded the theater for Brendan’s arrival.
Donning a pair of tan chino trousers with a dark brown leather jacket and cream neck scarf, the actor channeled his on-screen character Rick O’Connell with the appearance.
Taking to the stage, he told the crowd: ‘Thank you, Friday night in Leicester Square. I first started seeing films right across the street, I saw Star Wars in 1977 and it changed my life, made me want to star in movies.
And this is a film that was made in Britain, you should know that. Shepperton I believe. We shot it in Morocco, and even the second one too, be proud. Thank you for being here.
On-screen: Brendan portrayed character Rick O’Connell in the mega-successful The Mummy trilogy, which ran until 2008 (pictured in the first film, 1999).
In character: Donning a pair of tan chino trousers with a dark brown leather jacket and cream neck scarf, the actor channeled his on-screen character Rick O’Connell with the appearance
We had no idea what kind of movie we were making when we shot this. We didn’t know if it was a drama, a comedy, a horror movie, straight action, all of the above. No idea, until it was tested in front of British audiences, thank you for that.
After touching on the storyline, he continued: I won’t take any more of your time, enjoy your night and if you get a chance, check out The Whale on February 23rd.’
Ending with: ‘Thank you, good night and keep your powder clean!’, many fans have guessed that the actor could have meant to say ‘Keep your powder dry’.
Taking to the stage, he told the crowd: ‘Thank you, Friday night in Leicester Square. I first started seeing films right across the street’
Making a return? Brendan revently told Deadline that he would not be against returning to the franchise for another go (pictured in The Mummy Returns)
The old saying means to remain calm and be ready for combat or problems to arise in the future.
He famously starred alongside Rachel Weisz in 1999’s The Mummy, 2001’s The Mummy Returns and 2008’s The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
His role in The Mummy trilogy, which ran until 2008, catapulted the actor to worldwide fame.
He’s back! Brendan has made an epic comeback to Hollywood with his role in The Whale and is tipped for a slew of coveted awards.
And Brendan is certainly dominating Hollywood for his most recent role in the upcoming psychological drama The Whale, where he plays an obese and reclusive English teacher attempting to reconnect with his daughter.
The role has seen him make quite the comeback into the limelight, as he is up for Best Actor at the 2023 Oscars, and the same recognition at the BAFTA awards.
While he has already picked up the Best Actor gong at the Critics Choice Awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe, he missed out to Austin Butler for his performance as Elvis Presley.
It is quite the career comeback for the star, who battled depression and disappeared from the limelight after making an allegation of sexual assault in 2003, while he was also in and out of the hospital for health issues.
And after the massive return, Brendan told Deadline’s The Actor’s Side earlier this month that he would not be against returning to the franchise.
He explained to host Peter Hammond that although he does not know any details about a reboot, he is not against returning.
The star said: ‘It’s kind of an open-ended question for some time now. I’m not opposed to it, I don’t know an actor who doesn’t want a job.
‘I don’t think I’ve been this famous and unsalaried at the same time in my professional life so sign me up!’
While he also recently took a swipe at Tom Cruise’s reboot of the franchise in October.
Adventure: Brendan starred alongside Rachel Weisz in the three films
The actor said the 2017 box office flop ‘lacked the fun’ seen in 1999’s The Mummy, 2001’s The Mummy Returns and 2008’s The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
Brendan, told Variety: ‘It’s hard to make that movie. The ingredient that we had going for our Mummy, which I didn’t see in the new one, was fun.
That was what was lacking in that incarnation. It was too much of a straight-ahead horror movie. The Mummy should be a thrill ride, but not terrifying and scary.’
Oscar-nominee Cruise had hoped to breathe new life into The Mummy franchise, but it was lambasted by critics and ended up losing Universal Studios between $60-100million.
In contrast, 1999’s The Mummy made $416.4 million against an $80 million budget.
Flop: While Brendan also recently took a swipe at Tom Cruise’s reboot of the franchise in October (Tom Cruise pictured in 2017’s The Mummy)