Remember that the Renaissance Brendan Fraser began with Dom Patrol

Robotman stares at Cliff Steele, his former character, in a parking lot in the 1980s.

picture: Bob Mahoney / HBO

people are ready to Brendan Fraser to come back. By all accounts, it will happen with WhaleDarren Aronofsky’s upcoming movie starring 600lbs Fraser. An English teacher is trying to reconnect with his daughter, which suggests that he has already put him in contention for the Best Actor nomination. But what all these people are waiting for to start the “Fraser Renaissance” they don’t realize that it has already done, and it has begun Doom Patrol.

Those who know Fraser as the leading man in mummy The franchise certainly thought it seemed to have disappeared from the public eye for much of the 2000s, though a look at its IMDb page reveals that it has worked in smaller roles sporadically. said the actor In 2018, former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Burke assaulted him in 2003, and that public speaking about the matter had repercussions that caused his career to suffer and Fraser battling depression. But in 1998 Gods and monsters Revealed early in his career, despite his early silly comedies, Brendan Fraser is a really good actor, and people are excited to see him return. However, he has already done so.

Fraser had a string of small, recurring roles in various television series before being cast as the voice of Cliff Steele, also known as the DC Comics member of Doom Patrol and semi-hero Robotman, on an episode of titans. But this resulted in him starring (though only expressing in the first place; appearing as a pre-Robotman version of Cliff in flashbacks or descriptive moments as pictured above) the character in full blown Doom Patrol The TV series premiered in 2019. The show generated little buzz at the time, as it was initially only available on the DC Universe streaming service, but critics garnered worldwide praise for Fraser’s role as the flawed and tormented Steele.

Take a cue from the weird and wonderful Grant Morrison Doom Patrol Comedy in the late ’80s/early ’90s, the show featured Steele as a famous, promiscuous and selfish NASCAR driver who killed his wife while drunk and nearly killed himself. Instead, his brain was put into the body of a raw robot, and he returned to consciousness only 20 years later. His grief at being stuck in the body of a senseless robot is huge, but it’s still overtaken by the guilt he feels about killing his wife and being a horrible husband and father, not least because he was raised in the same vein. And while Cliff is trying to work around his glitch (like all the members of the Doom Patrol), it’s not a ring that can be broken in an episode, let alone a season. He can still be stupid, he can still be self-obsessed, and he can still destroy the new relationships he’s formed.

If that doesn’t sound attractive, you haven’t seen it Dom Patrol. Brendan Fraser conveys all of Cliff’s suffering and folly with such complexity and emotion that it remains the (metal) heart of the series, only through Fraser’s voice. (No offense to Riley Shanahan, the physical representative of Robotman, but he’s supposed to move like a jerky robot without the ability to convey anything other than broader gestures.) Somewhat lovable despite all his faults. Suffice it to say, it ranks among Fraser’s best works.

Have you seen Darren Aronofsky? Doom Patrol And decides to choose the actor as the star of his next movie? it’s improbably. But he likely saw the Hollywood trades as it was announced that Fraser will play the villain Firefly on HBO Max’s at the end. condemned bat girl Movie, a role the actor likely has landed at least in part through his amazing work on the HBO TV series. After all, let’s not forget, as Hollywood did, that Fraser can be a really great actor when given the right material – and Doom PatrolDuring its three seasons, it was the right material. So don’t worry about when Fraser’s renaissance will start. It is already here.

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