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04.20.2015

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This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity* and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

The Defendant

Brendan Fraser

The Case

The Prosecution: Gimme Shelter, The Nut Job, Breakout, HairBrained, Escape from Planet Earth, Stand Off, Furry Vengeance, Extraordinary Measures, Inkheart, The Last Time, Journey to the End of the Night, Monkeybone, Dudley Do-Right, Mrs. Winterbourne, The Scout

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, if the prosecution had to only use one word to describe Brendan Fraser's career, it would be odd. Very, very odd. Although he was the face of a profitable franchise with The Mummy series, the past decade or so hasn't been kind to the actor, but a lot of the blame falls on Mr. Fraser himself, due to his bad career choices.

Even at the peak of his star power (late 1990s/early 2000s), Mr. Fraser had a habit of appearing in questionable projects. Monkeybone and Dudley Do-Right were both massive critical and financial failures, and while Looney Tunes: Back in Action is an okayish movie, it had an underperforming run at the box office office.

But things really started to go wrong for Mr. Fraser somewhere around 2009, after the release of Journey to the Center of the Earth. Since then, the actor has starred in multiple negatively reviewed movies, with the biggest offender being 2010's Furry Vengeance, which is at a paltry 8% at Rotten Tomatoes. Mr. Fraser has also starred in such "winners" as Breakout and Stand Off, and he helped produce both films. Mr. Fraser isn't a bad actor, but he's certainly not a strong one either, and hasn't done much to prove he doesn't belong in Movie Jail.

The Mummy is getting a reboot, and in the prosecution's opinion, Mr. Fraser's career desperately needs a reboot as well. A long prison stay won't exactly help the actor, however he definitely needs to go to prison for his crimes.

Furry Vengeance Brendan Fraser

The Defense: The Mummy series, Pawn Shop Chronicles, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Air I Breathe, Crash, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, The Quiet American, Bedazzled, Blast from the Past, Gods and Monsters, Still Breathing, George of the Jungle, Twenty Bucks, School Ties, Encino Man

Ladies and gentlemen, the defense doesn't have a concrete explanation as to why my client's career is where it is today, but we will defend Mr. Fraser because we believe he's a solid (although not fantastic) actor, and he seems to be a decent dude.

Mr. Fraser's charisma is evident in The Mummy movies, and the defense doesn't think he's as wooden of an actor as many have claimed. The defense enjoyed his dramatic turns in The Quiet American, Gods and Monsters and Crash, but the defense understands part of the reason why Mr. Fraser is up for Movie Jail is because it has been years since a well-received movie was released (his last fresh film was 2008's Journey to the Center of the Earth) starring the actor.

As for Mr. Fraser's recent efforts, he had a memorable role in Pawn Shop Chronicles, and while The Nut Job was panned by critics, the defense thought his voice work was just fine. Mr. Fraser also had a very good performance in The Air I Breathe, but unfortunately the movie itself received scathing reviews from most critics.

Yes, Mr. Fraser's career does need a reboot of sorts, but the defense is hopeful he will be able to turn things around, and we don't believe the actor needs to be put behind bars.

Journey to the Center of the Earth Brendan Fraser

IN CLOSING...

What should we do with The Mummy star? Do you think Mr. Fraser just needs the right role in the right movie to get his career back on track, or is it too late for the actor? Is Brendan Fraser GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyway, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Brendan Fraser

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

Len Wiseman

Director Len Wiseman was found NOT GUILTY of all charges in last week's trial. Mr. Wiseman avoided a prison term thanks to his Underworld series (with several jury members saying they are forgettable, but still fun films) and his work on Live Free or Die Hard. But the prosecution isn't happy about the verdict, and the court is open to revisiting the case against the director if he has another poorly received movie.

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Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
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10:49PM on 04/20/2015

Not guilty

For Encino Man enough said buddy!
For Encino Man enough said buddy!
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10:19PM on 04/20/2015

Probabtion

The first Mummy movie is the closest anyone got to an Indiana Jones film, and I'll always respect him for that. Maybe he should try a good tv show, since the movie thing hasn't worked for him the last few years.
The first Mummy movie is the closest anyone got to an Indiana Jones film, and I'll always respect him for that. Maybe he should try a good tv show, since the movie thing hasn't worked for him the last few years.
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8:56PM on 04/20/2015

On probation

He's a likeable actor, and was really good in Gods and Monsters and had charisma in the Mummy movies. I think he'd be smart to transition to TV (or Netflix etc) and surround himself with solid support players.
He's a likeable actor, and was really good in Gods and Monsters and had charisma in the Mummy movies. I think he'd be smart to transition to TV (or Netflix etc) and surround himself with solid support players.
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7:03PM on 04/20/2015

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5:07PM on 04/20/2015
I say On Probation.

Fraser seems like a likable guy, he can be funny onscreen and THE MUMMY proved he's just as good at playing action heroes as he is at playing goofballs. He's pretty much disappeared the last few years, and that can only be blamed on HORRIBLE career choices.
I say On Probation.

Fraser seems like a likable guy, he can be funny onscreen and THE MUMMY proved he's just as good at playing action heroes as he is at playing goofballs. He's pretty much disappeared the last few years, and that can only be blamed on HORRIBLE career choices.
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4:08PM on 04/20/2015

Not guilty

Brendan Fraser is an odd one. Some times he shows up and does fairly impressive work. Other times he totally just needed to cash a check. There hasn't been a lot of consistency, even between his good movies, to tell me where this guy is going. The man's made more than his share of dreck, but when he does something good (The Quiet American, or even Crash) it's solid work that I can't argue with.

He's also successfully maintained family appeal. And while that usually isn't in movies that cater
Brendan Fraser is an odd one. Some times he shows up and does fairly impressive work. Other times he totally just needed to cash a check. There hasn't been a lot of consistency, even between his good movies, to tell me where this guy is going. The man's made more than his share of dreck, but when he does something good (The Quiet American, or even Crash) it's solid work that I can't argue with.

He's also successfully maintained family appeal. And while that usually isn't in movies that cater to my demographic, I have to respect that.
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3:11PM on 04/20/2015
How could someone be guilty who has been missing?

I like this dude, but haven't seem him in movies for years!!!
How could someone be guilty who has been missing?

I like this dude, but haven't seem him in movies for years!!!
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6:56PM on 04/20/2015
Did you not read the article? They listed all of his movies in order by year of release (he made 2 last year).
Did you not read the article? They listed all of his movies in order by year of release (he made 2 last year).
9:09PM on 04/20/2015
Yes, Vits, I read it. I could have been more specific: he's been missing from WIDE-RELEASED movies.

Tha last time I saw him in a movie was Mummy 3 in 2008. He only had one wide-released movie since, Furry Vengeance which I avioded, and no further movies came to my town,
Yes, Vits, I read it. I could have been more specific: he's been missing from WIDE-RELEASED movies.

Tha last time I saw him in a movie was Mummy 3 in 2008. He only had one wide-released movie since, Furry Vengeance which I avioded, and no further movies came to my town,
11:47AM on 04/20/2015
Not Guilty. Monkeybone for the win
Not Guilty. Monkeybone for the win
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1:35PM on 04/20/2015
Yeah what the hell is wrong with monkeybone?
Yeah what the hell is wrong with monkeybone?
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11:37AM on 04/20/2015

Not Guilty

I loved George of the Jungle growing up, The first 2 mummy films are re watchable and fun, Bedazzled is underrated and I was impressed with his turn in The Air That I Breathe. Please don't lock him up!
I loved George of the Jungle growing up, The first 2 mummy films are re watchable and fun, Bedazzled is underrated and I was impressed with his turn in The Air That I Breathe. Please don't lock him up!
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11:24AM on 04/20/2015

Mummy Movies

Were all horrible films
Were all horrible films
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10:37AM on 04/20/2015
I freelance over th℮ internet and earn about 80-85$ an hour. I was without a job for 7 months but last month my paycheck with big fat bonus was $15000 just working on my computer from my home for 5-6 hours. Here's what i have been doing... www.globe-report.com
I freelance over th℮ internet and earn about 80-85$ an hour. I was without a job for 7 months but last month my paycheck with big fat bonus was $15000 just working on my computer from my home for 5-6 hours. Here's what i have been doing... www.globe-report.com
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10:16AM on 04/20/2015

Not Guilty!

He is very underrated. He's always good as the goofy guy, but he can hold his own against dramatic heavyweights like Ian Mckellen and Michael Caine just as well. If anything he deserves better parts and more recognition. He starred in the Mummy 3 and the first journey in the same summer(I don't like em either but that's besides the point) and both made over a 100 million dollars. Yet I haven't seen him in a big summer movie since then. So if you ask me not only does he not deserve to go to
He is very underrated. He's always good as the goofy guy, but he can hold his own against dramatic heavyweights like Ian Mckellen and Michael Caine just as well. If anything he deserves better parts and more recognition. He starred in the Mummy 3 and the first journey in the same summer(I don't like em either but that's besides the point) and both made over a 100 million dollars. Yet I haven't seen him in a big summer movie since then. So if you ask me not only does he not deserve to go to movie jail, I think he even deserves a little compensation for wrongful convinction.
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11:04AM on 04/20/2015
You answered yourself. THE MUMMY 3 underperformed domestically (some studios think that's more important than worldwide results) and was panned by critics and fans. One flop can be enough for studios to say "This actor can attract audiences anymore; let's ditch them."
You answered yourself. THE MUMMY 3 underperformed domestically (some studios think that's more important than worldwide results) and was panned by critics and fans. One flop can be enough for studios to say "This actor can attract audiences anymore; let's ditch them."
10:03AM on 04/20/2015
Guilty. Gods and Monsters and The Mummy isn't enough.
Guilty. Gods and Monsters and The Mummy isn't enough.
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10:02AM on 04/20/2015
Not guilty!
Not guilty!
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9:57AM on 04/20/2015

Not Guilty

Good actor, and from the interviews I've seen, a really cool person.
Good actor, and from the interviews I've seen, a really cool person.
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9:38AM on 04/20/2015
Not guilty. Overall I enjoy Brendan and his films. I even liked Furry Vengeance. There is a place for his style for comedy in film.
Not guilty. Overall I enjoy Brendan and his films. I even liked Furry Vengeance. There is a place for his style for comedy in film.
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9:11AM on 04/20/2015
Guilty.
Guilty.
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9:11AM on 04/20/2015

Career average: 3.1/10.

I'd have to re-watch GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE, DUDLEY DO-RIGHT and MONKEYBONE because I saw them so long ago. I remember him being over-the-top in them, so I have to make sure if he was over-the-top in a good or a bad way. Meanwhile, I do remember a lot of his other movies. He was solid in the MUMMY movies, BEDAZZLED and CENTER OF THE EARTH. He was terrible in ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, but so did most of the cast. He was the weakest part of CRASH. He wasn't the worst part of ENCINO MAN (Paulie
I'd have to re-watch GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE, DUDLEY DO-RIGHT and MONKEYBONE because I saw them so long ago. I remember him being over-the-top in them, so I have to make sure if he was over-the-top in a good or a bad way. Meanwhile, I do remember a lot of his other movies. He was solid in the MUMMY movies, BEDAZZLED and CENTER OF THE EARTH. He was terrible in ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, but so did most of the cast. He was the weakest part of CRASH. He wasn't the worst part of ENCINO MAN (Paulie Shore), LOONEY TOONS (Steve Martin) and THE NUT JOB (Liam Neeson), but he didn't prevent them from being bad.

He's Guilty for having more misses than hits. However, he's neither the best or worst actor of... well, anything, so he shouldn't get a very long sentence.

Next week: Akiva Goldsman or Kelsey Grammer.
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9:10AM on 04/20/2015
If Len Wiseman can escape movie jail. Then Brendan Frasier can. He has given more to the industry than Len.
If Len Wiseman can escape movie jail. Then Brendan Frasier can. He has given more to the industry than Len.
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9:04AM on 04/20/2015

Not Guilty

One of my favorite roles for Fraser was in Blast from the Past. The man can act, and I blame Hollywood for what's happened to his career.
One of my favorite roles for Fraser was in Blast from the Past. The man can act, and I blame Hollywood for what's happened to his career.
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8:50AM on 04/20/2015

Guilty

Why has this guy been free from movie jail for so long? Guilty on all charges.
Why has this guy been free from movie jail for so long? Guilty on all charges.
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8:33AM on 04/20/2015
Can I give him a 'not guilty' off the back of just the first Mummy movie since I enjoyed it so much?
Can I give him a 'not guilty' off the back of just the first Mummy movie since I enjoyed it so much?
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11:00AM on 04/20/2015
No, this is about his entire career.
No, this is about his entire career.
8:28AM on 04/20/2015
Not guilty. He may not have any hit movie as of late but I thoroughly enjoy his movies, including Inkheart and Extraordinary Measures. I think he's a Go To guy for a fun for all entertainment family movies.
Not guilty. He may not have any hit movie as of late but I thoroughly enjoy his movies, including Inkheart and Extraordinary Measures. I think he's a Go To guy for a fun for all entertainment family movies.
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8:06AM on 04/20/2015

He is who he is...

Not guilty. I kind of like him and my family enjoys his movies.
Not guilty. I kind of like him and my family enjoys his movies.
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8:01AM on 04/20/2015
Not guilty! Just because I like the guy.
Not guilty! Just because I like the guy.
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7:50AM on 04/20/2015

Guilty

Sorry Brendan, I'm sure you're a good guy and all, but I can't remember the last movie I enjoyed with you in it
Sorry Brendan, I'm sure you're a good guy and all, but I can't remember the last movie I enjoyed with you in it
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7:42AM on 04/20/2015

Guilty

He's had a couple of good ones thrown in there but most of his movies are forgettable. He's a paycheck actor. I guess he probably serves his purpose by being a role filler but he has gotten increasingly more annoying over the years.
He's had a couple of good ones thrown in there but most of his movies are forgettable. He's a paycheck actor. I guess he probably serves his purpose by being a role filler but he has gotten increasingly more annoying over the years.
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7:37AM on 04/20/2015

GUILTY

Annoys the living piss out of me, even in the good movies he's in
Annoys the living piss out of me, even in the good movies he's in
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12:22PM on 04/20/2015
Fully agree.
Fully agree.
7:32AM on 04/20/2015

Guilty as hell

as much as I love some of his movies (encino man, the 1sr mummy, the quiet american, gods and monster, and a few more), this guy has become a caricature of himself !!!!
Seriously ? who wil ever pay 15 bucks, 15 euros or wathever to see a movie with him Inside ??????
I saw Furry vengeance in theaters, and even the kids were not laughing !!!!!
as much as I love some of his movies (encino man, the 1sr mummy, the quiet american, gods and monster, and a few more), this guy has become a caricature of himself !!!!
Seriously ? who wil ever pay 15 bucks, 15 euros or wathever to see a movie with him Inside ??????
I saw Furry vengeance in theaters, and even the kids were not laughing !!!!!
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7:26AM on 04/20/2015

GUILTY

Was he ever innocent? Although I fairly enjoyed some of his movies, he has more clunkers than dunkers.
Was he ever innocent? Although I fairly enjoyed some of his movies, he has more clunkers than dunkers.
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7:24AM on 04/20/2015

JAIL..

...can't stand the geezer and any acting job that he has taken up.
...can't stand the geezer and any acting job that he has taken up.
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