Dwayne Johnson has called out his former The Mummy Returns co-star Brendan Fraser to take home an Oscar for his role in The Whale.
The 50-year-old action star supported Brendan, 53, saying he would love to see him win an Academy Award for his portrayal of a morbidly obese teacher named Charlie in the Darren Aronofsky-directed film.
In a new interview, Dwayne has insisted he wants Brendan to “go all the way” in the midst of the Hollywood star’s comeback role, which has already seen him earn minutes of standing ovations from the audience.
Big support: Dwayne Johnson has asked his former The Mummy Returns co-star, Brendan Fraser, to take home an Oscar for his role in The Whale.
speaking to mtv newsthe hunk insisted he was ‘very happy’ for Brendan, adding: ‘I want him to go all the way, man, I want to see him on stage at the Oscars, and hold that sucker up and deliver, I’m sure, which will be a amazing speech.
Former wrestler Dwayne, known to fans as The Rock, made his acting debut in 2001’s sequel to The Mummy as the Scorpion King, opposite lead actor Brendan, who played adventurer Rick O’Connell.
And the star credits Brendan, who was already a big name thanks to roles including George Of The Jungle, for fueling his Hollywood career.
Role: The action star, 50, has thrown his support behind Brendan, 53, saying she would love to see him win an Academy Award for his portrayal of morbidly obese teacher Charlie
Dwayne explained that Brendan had to give the ‘OK’ for him to star in the movie, but said that it came from his experience in WWE and that they had never met before.
But he admitted he was thrilled when director Stephen Sommers told him that Brendan “loved” the idea of him being in the film.
“I’ve never been on a film set before and all of a sudden I’m in the middle of the Sahara desert doing The Mummy Returns,” he said.
“And I get that kind of nod of acceptance from the star of the movie, it really meant a lot to me, so many years later, I’ve never forgotten it.”
The Black Adam actor has previously shared his support for Brendan’s latest role after Brendan broke down in tears after receiving a standing ovation at the Venice screening for The Whale.
Award-worthy: In a new interview, Dwayne has insisted he wants Brendan to “go all the way” in the midst of the Hollywood star’s career comeback role
He breaks for his friend: ‘I want him to go all the way, man. I want to see him on stage at the Oscars, hold that asshole up and deliver, I’m sure, what is going to be an incredible speech.”
Dwayne congratulated him on his return to the Hollywood spotlight, following a years-long break during which Brendan battled depression and a myriad of health issues.
“Man this makes me so happy to see this beautiful standing ovation for Brendan,” Dwayne wrote. “He supported me to get into his Mummy Returns franchise for my first role, which started my career in Hollywood.
“Encouragement for all your success brother and congratulations to my friend Darren Aronofsky.”
Co-stars: Former wrestler Dwayne, known to fans as The Rock, made his acting debut in 2001’s sequel to The Mummy as the Scorpion King, opposite lead actor Brendan, who played adventurer Rick O’Connell (both in the movie).
Thank you: The star credits Brendan, who was already a big name thanks to roles including George Of The Jungle, for boosting his Hollywood career (pictured together in 2001)
The film marks the return of the legendary star after dealing with depression following a sexual assault claim and being in and out of the hospital with health issues.
The film hits theaters on December 9 and marks Brendan’s first leading role in a film since the thriller Breakout in 2013.
The Whale is a psychological drama that saw Brendan undergo a physical transformation as he plays a 600-pound man confined to a wheelchair, a role for which he also had to wear prosthetics.
The official synopsis reads: “A lonely English teacher suffering from severe obesity tries to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.”
Great: Since its premiere last month, The Whale has garnered rave reviews from critics and fueled a comeback for Brendan after he stepped out of the spotlight after battling depression.
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