A Minute With: Brendan Fraser's "Extraordinary Measures"

Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:42am EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Brendan Fraser has enjoyed a varied career, gaining fame in movies like the Pauly Shore comedy "Encino Man" as a cave dweller in modern times, and earning critical praise in dramas like Oscar winner "Crash."

Fraser's newest role is real-life businessman and father, John Crowley, whose children are suffering from a rare genetic disorder.

"Extraordinary Measures," which opens on Friday, tells how Crowley, his wife and a biotech scientist, played by Harrison Ford, raise money to find a treatment for the disease.

Fraser, 41, spoke to Reuters from Philadelphia after watching a test screening of the movie. He talked about the film and his varied career.

Q: You've worked in adventures (the "Mummy" movies), family comedies ("Looney Tunes: Back in Action") and dramas ("Gods and Monsters"). What is special about "Extraordinary Measures"?

A: "You rarely get a chance to play a living, breathing human, unless you're a comedian lampooning someone or you're doing a well-known figure. John Crowley is not a celebrity, per se, although he is known in the scientific community. He's a person who absolutely would not take 'no' for an answer. He's easily one of the most principled people I've met. He's resourceful. And it's not exactly that he won't take 'no' for an answer. He'll take a maybe and turn it into a yes."

Q: You're a father of three. Are any of your children disabled? Or did your personal life influence taking the role.

A: "My kids are healthy. But I do have the ability to identify with the 'God forbid' feeling that any parent who watches this movie feels when they think, 'well, what would I do when faced with that challenge of keeping my kid alive.' You would act and hang the consequences."   Continued...

<p>Actor Brendan Fraser smiles during a photocall at the 5th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival December 15, 2008. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh</p>