Tracing Brendan Fraser's gradual transition from silver screen's 'Encino Man' to playing Robotman on DC's 'Doom Patrol'
Brendan Fraser has been America's heartthrob since the early '90s but with his new role as Robotman in 'Doom Patrol', we may not be seeing too much of that pretty face.
If you are a kid of the 90s Brendan Fraser ought to be a familiar name. He was in 'Encino Man' and 'School Ties' in 1992, 'Airheads in 1994, 'George of the Jungle' in 1997, 'The Mummy' in 1999 but towards the end of this past decade you'd notice he'd been missing from films, his gorgeous smile and pale eyes lost in the margins somewhere. He used to be there on posters and then suddenly he wasn't. He was in movies and then he wasn't. Soon after he was more of a regular face on television than on the silver screen. And now it seems like he's taken a liking for the small screen for we see him soon as Robotman in DC's new TV series titled 'Doom Patrol'. But before we head onto Doom Patrol, let's take a look back at Fraser's slow transition from Hollywood to television.
Fraser was the youngest of the four siblings in his family, and he was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Canadian-American parents, but his family moved around quite a bit during his childhood, so he claims to not be from one place, a citizen of the world if you will. It was during one particular move to London that Fraser attended his first professional theatre show in the West End where had found an affinity towards theater, and his exposure toward the arts saw him joining Seattle's Cornish Institute (Cornish College of the Arts) to study acting. We never would have got 'George of the Jungle' if Brendan decided to attend graduate school, we're pretty lucky he made that pitstop in Hollywood and decided to stay there.
Fraser's career kicked off with a bit role in River Phoenix's 'Dogfight', where he played a minor role as a sailor. The years ahead has seen Fraser playing many bit parts, and always usually as the charming funnyman. 1992, we saw him playing the lead in 'Encino Man' as a caveman named Link (a play on the concept of the missing link), who got flash frozen in the past, and thawed out in the future.
Most people would remember Fraser as George from 'George of the Jungle', and this high-octane comedy role (derived from the animated series of the same name) cemented his role as the heartthrob funnyman. Fraser went on to have real commercial success once he took up the role of Rick O'Connell in 'The Mummy' franchise, and was well received the world over. The world now knew who Brendan Fraser was, an action-comedic genius!
But his commercial success didn't last too long, as the next bunch of films he performed for like 'Dudley Do-Right' and didn't make it big in the box office, but this also didn't last long, as he went on to star in cult-classics like 'Monkeybone' and 'Bedazzled'. Over the years, due to injuries from his stunts, Fraser decided to play it cool, and this resulted in Fraser making numerous guest appearances on hit shows like 'The Simpsons', 'Scrubs' and 'King of the Hill', but Fraser started having more of an inkling towards theater and started performing for shows on Broadway and West End.
2015 onwards has seen a rise in Fraser's TV presence where he starred in series like 'Texas Rising', 'The Affair', 'Trust' and 'Condor', and this year, we'll be seeing Fraser take up the role of Robotman in 'Doom Patrol', although we may not be seeing too much of his visage (being a cyborg and all). Robotman started off as Cliff Steele, a daredevil and race car driver who met with an accident during the Indianapolis 500, destroying his body. Caulder (Chief) subsequently placed Cliff's intact brain into a robotic body. After the operation was completed, Cliff suffered from frequent depression because he viewed himself as less than human, and we can't wait to see how Fraser will portray this hero throughout the series!
'Doom Patrol' will be available for streaming on February 15 onwards, exclusively on www.dcuniverse.com.