When Brendan Fraser won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2023 for The Whale, Dwayne Johnson applauded him loudest in the audience. Many were at a loss, trying to understand what connects the two artists. People familiar with the inner workings of Hollywood claim that it was “The Rock” who most strongly supported Fraser in his return to the world of cinema. But only a few know why everything turned out this way. You see, Dwayne Johnson and Brendan Fraser have been friends since back in 2001…
Dwayne Johnson and Brendan Fraser: an unusual friendship
Return of Fraser
We all know that since the beginning of the 2000s, Brendan’s life has gone through a dark period . A decline in his career, a split in the family, health problems… Even the most devoted fans already thought that Fraser would not return to the world of cinema . Only a few stubbornly believed in the bright future of the once popular actor.
One of these ineradicable optimists was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The former wrestler strongly supported Frazier’s career aspirations. Rumor has it that the connections and acquaintances of “The Rock” were of great use to Brendan when he returned to the world of cinema. Hollywood bigwigs wondered why Dwayne favored the half-forgotten actor so much …
History of long forgotten days
But Dwayne Johnson and Brendan Fraser have been friends for many years ! The celebrities met in 2001. In those days, Fraser was on a roll and was considered one of the most promising artists in Hollywood at the time. Johnson, on the other hand, found himself at a crossroads and could barely make ends meet.
Having finished his wrestling career, Dwayne persistently tried to break into the world of cinema. But for some reason the directors didn’t like the smiling, strong man at all! Finally, Johnson found a role that might suit him. But the director of the film “ The Mummy Returns ” set one condition. Dwayne’s candidacy had to be approved by Brendan Fraser, the main actor of the franchise!
Memories of the artist
Dwayne recalls: “ Fraser treated me with warmth, although he was not obliged to do so .” To Brendan, Johnson was a nobody. But the then famous Frazier easily approved the candidacy of the former wrestler for the role of the Scorpion King. Moreover, the director of the film told The Rock: “ Brendan really liked the idea! He’s excited that you’ll be in his film .”
This is how Dwayne Johnson and Brendan Fraser became bosom friends . Much water has passed under the bridge since then. Fraser went through a lot of trials. Johnson, from an unknown wrestling veteran, became one of the first Hollywood stars, an incredibly popular and rich man. But I didn’t forget about my friend, not at all!
It was “The Rock” who was the most ardent supporter of Fraser’s return to the professional stage. Well, now Dwayne applauds Brendan, who received a well-deserved Oscar, the loudest of all. Are you saying that only business interests rule in Hollywood? So here it is, the most real example of true and selfless friendship between two excellent actors!