While the Tom Cruise version of The Mummy has kicked off the Dark Universe world of monster movies in spectacular fashion, it hasn't gained critical or financial success. Having had a sub-par opening week at the box office, the rebooted action-adventure has been buried by the highly favored Wonder Woman. But that's not what we're here to talk about. The original 1999 version of The Mummy was certainly a lot more successful, but what about the actors who starred in it? They've certainly had varied careers, even in the last nine years since the second sequel was released.
When The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor was released in 2008, that seemed to mark a brief rejuvenation for the career of Brendan Fraser, with Inkheart and Journey to the Center of the Earth released within the same period. But since then he has spiraled slightly, accepting more voice acting roles such as in Escape from Planet Earth and The Nut Job. Fraser has since made the switch to TV, with roles in Texas Rising and the critically acclaimed The Affair, currently screening on Showtime. Two TV series to look for in 2018, Trust and Condor, both feature Fraser and could mark another career resurgence for our Rick O'Connell.
Fraser's former leading lady Rachel Weisz played a geeky Egyptologist in the first two Mummy films, and since then has enjoyed a wildly varied career. Choosing not to appear in 2008's The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor because of concerns about the script and the lengthy filming schedule in China when she'd just given birth to her son, Weisz instead starred in the likes of Definitely, Maybe, The Brothers Bloom and The Lovely Bones around that time. You can currently catch her at the cinema in My Cousin Rachel opposite Sam Claflin, with several more films in the pipeline.
A lot of John Hannah's big-name work occurred in the '90s, but he's currently enjoying quite the #Marvel superhero boost thanks to his role on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for ABC. He has six films on his upcoming schedule, including the remake of Overboard, in which he'll star opposite Anna Faris, and the mystery-thriller American Undercover opposite Famke Janssen.
The Mummy himself has appeared as the antagonist in 24 and Blood Diamond, as well as in 2016's Cape Town miniseries. He also performs voice work for DC, playing #BlackAdam across animated shorts and TV shows. But perhaps Arnold Vosloo's most notable role since that of Imhotep was playing the villain Zartan in both G.I. Joe films. Once a bad guy, always a bad guy.
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Beni was everybody's least-favorite character in The Mummy, despite there being a super-evil Mummy running about the place. Since then he's worked steadily in a wide range of film and TV, appearing in Van Helsing as Igor alongside Hugh Jackman, then in the Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood, and Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master starring Joaquin Phoenix. You can still catch him on Hulu in #StephenKing's miniseries 11.22.63 alongside James Franco.
The star of #Jumanji and Titanic was already a big deal going into The Mummy, but he's since continued to forge an impressive career, with appearances in Crimson Peak, on TV shows such as Trollhunters, and most recently as Eldritch Palmer on FX's The Strain.
Ardeth Bay was my favorite character in The Mummy and its sequel because he turned up whenever anybody needed him. Oded Fehr has gone on to do exciting things, popping up in the Resident Evil films, in Charmed as season-long Big Bad Zankou, and more recently in #24Legacy. He's also done voice work for #DC as Dr. Fate and Ra's Al Ghul, and has regularly appeared in Once Upon a Time as evil sorcerer Jafar.
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