Brendan Fraser starved himself so much for ‘George of the Jungle’ that his memory was ruined: ‘My brain was malfunctioning’

‘Airheads’ co-stars Brendan Fraser and Adam Sandler reunited as part of Of variety of the series “Actors on Actors,” but it was Fraser’s next role in “George of the Jungle” that piqued Sandler’s interest. Fraser got beefy to star in the 1997 comedy, based on the ‘Tarzan’ parody animated series of the same name.

“The wardrobe was there was no wardrobe,” Fraser said. “George is wearing a thong.”

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Sandler said Fraser was so excited and so handsome in “George of the Jungle” that he “was disappointed,” joking, “You shouldn’t have done this to us. You did the character well. But you were wrong with us, man. You made us feel bad about ourselves. Did you get oiled up during ‘George’?”

“I have been waxed. Hungry for carbs,” Fraser said. “I would come home after work and stop for something to eat. One day I needed cash, I went to the ATM and I couldn’t remember my PIN code because my brain was malfunctioning. Hit the thing. I didn’t eat that night.”

So there you have it, Fraser may have looked amazing in “George of the Jungle” but get that beefy body fucking with his memory. The film, which also starred Leslie Mann and Thomas Hayden-Church, was a box office success with over $170 million in worldwide box office. “George of the Jungle” remains one of Fraser’s signature roles from the 1990s.

Earlier this year, Fraser issued a humorous apology to the city of San Francisco over a traffic jam caused by the production of “George of the Jungle” over 25 years ago.

“When we were shooting ‘George of the Jungle,’ George goes to rescue a paratrooper tangled in the [San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge]Fraser said. “That means Disney put a mannequin hanging on a parachute from the struts. It blocked traffic on both sides of the bridge.”

Fraser continued, “My trailer was across in a parking lot. I only remember looking at the Golden Gate Bridge. There’s this mock skydiver that hangs from it. I had the TV on and “Oprah” was cut off because there was a news special with helicopters saying a parachute was dangling over the deck. And I’m going – wait a minute, I’m watching helicopters and TV – someone hasn’t picked up a permit, someone is going to get in trouble with the mayor’s office. So I can only apologize for that.

Watch Fraser and Sandler’s full “Actors on Actors” conversation in the video below.

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