We all remember watching Brendan Fraser in the movies he made when we were kids. It all started with Encino Man, but our obsession with his movies would only grow and grow over the next few years.
It seemed like he was in every movie, playing the hunky yet funny star of all the greatest action adventures and comedies from our younger years. But suddenly, his career seemed to get a little bit out of control. The quality of the movies wasn't up to snuff. There were no more hits like George of the Jungle or The Mummy, instead we had movies like Monkeybone and Furry Vengeance.
The actor's career took a bit of a tumble after years of hit movies, and he seemed to vanish from the public eye. When he did come out into the world, he would be faced with a lot of criticism over his appearance, whether warranted or not, and then he'd once again slip away.
We've all been wondering for years where he went off to, but in the last few years he started to have a bit of a comeback. He has transitioned into television roles, including a short run in the series The Affair, a part in the mini-series Texas Rising and is currently filming a TV show called Trust.
The actor recently spoke with GQ Magazine to discus his absence from Hollywood, and opened up about his return to the spotlight.
He opened up about his home life, and how adopting the horse he rode in Texas Rising is helping his son. He brought the horse home after being unhappy with how he had been treated on set. "They beat up on this horse. I mean, I swear, I saw him get kicked so many times, bit, by other horses all the time. And I never saw him fight back," Fraser said.
He decided that bringing the horse home with him would be beneficial for both the horse and his son, Griffin.
“Griffin's rated on the autism spectrum. So he needs extra love in the world, and he gets it. And his brothers [Holden, 13, Leland, 11] ever since they were small, one was always the spokesperson and the other was the enforcer," Fraser explained.
He decided to see how his son would act around the horse and he was stunned with the results. “There's something good that happens between the two of them. And even if he doesn't ride him, just give him a brush. The horse loves it, the repetitive motion that kids on the spectrum have that they love. And it just works… You know, you have to find those tools, strategies. If I ride, too, I just feel better. I just feel better.”