You can never anticipate quite what the Internet will latch onto, but Brendan Fraser seems to be the latest source of fandom.
Tens of thousands of folks online are upset that Tom Cruise has replaced Brendan Fraser as the star of the new “Mummy” movie. Despite Cruise’s resume, the Internet insists that Fraser is the only man capable of kicking ancient Egyptian supernatural butt.
The 48-year-old actor starred in the 1999 movie “The Mummy” and its two sequels “The Mummy Returns” and “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.” The drama all started after a trailer was released on December 5 for Cruise’s new “Mummy” movie. All corners of the Internet came together and expressed their dismay in their own unique ways.
On Twitter, fans propelled the hashtag “#NotMyMummy” to trending status:
On Change.Org, a petition urging Hollywood to welcome Fraser back into the movie and television fold has garnered over 30,000 signatures at the time of this writing: “Brendan is a much loved actor worldwide, people are shocked that he wasn’t at least offered a smaller role in the new Mummy movie,” it reads. “Brendan has been in multiple interviews recently and has appeared to be very down and out, and us loyal fans feel like we are obliged to help him in any way possible.”
Cruising over to the world of Reddit, an entire sub-forum has been dedicated to rescuing Fraser’s movie career called “SAVEBRENDAN”.
Fans of the actor have been up-voting photos of him on the online image sharing community Imgur:
And the Internet is even blurring the lines of reality by regularly editing Fraser’s official Wikipedia page:
Who knows what affect the fandom will have, if any, but it wouldn’t be the first time social media has had an impact on Hollywood. You can check out the trailer for the new “Mummy” movie starring Tom Cruise below.