It seems to be the time for actors to be making their comebacks. Nic Cage is emerging from his DTV and VOD years with projects being lined up. Another actor who fell off the radar, this time after being the victim of a Hollywood pervert, was Brendan Fraser. At some time he was everywhere. An A-list star. Then, suddenly, he wasn’t. Now there is talk of a sequel to the movie that helped start his career – Encino Man.
The tale of a caveman preserved in ice being found by two Californian teens, played by Pauly Shore and a pre-Lord Of The Rings Sean Astin, was something of a breakout hit at the time and is fondly remembered by people of a certain age.
In an interview with Inverse about the making of Encino Man, Shore talked once again about the possibility of a sequel. He has been talking it up for a number of years:
“I know Disney+ is talking about possibly doing the sequel. If they want me to do it and the script was right and Brendan and Sean were on board and it made sense, I would do it for the fans! It’s what George has been working on. So ask him about it.”
That would be George Zaloom, the director. When asked he said:
“If you ask me ‘Is there going to be another Encino Man?’ — I don’t know! I’m not going to say yes. I’m not going to say no. We may be pleasantly surprised.”
So there are discussions, and it is not dismissed straight out. Middle-aged slackers didn’t work so well for Bill and Ted 3 so it would need a deft touch and the right story to make it work.
Brendan Fraser has received good notices for his turn as Robotman in the DC series Doom Patrol. He is the lead in Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming film The Whale and is part of the ensemble cast of Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, as well as Max Barbakow’s upcoming comedy film Brothers.
Fraser played gangster Doug Jones in Steven Soderbergh’s period crime film No Sudden Move and will next be seen in Batgirl.
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