Brendan Fraser has issued an apology.
On Thursday, the actor who played George in the 1997 film George of the Jungle apologized for a scene in which George rescues a parachutist by climbing to the top of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.
Fraser, 53, told SF Gate at the 45th Mill Valley Film Festival that Disney hung a mannequin from a parachute from the bridge’s uprights for a scenario in which George of the Jungle rushes to rescue a parachutist stuck in the Golden Gate Bridge. (He made a blunder in naming the relevant bridge.)
“It stopped traffic on both sides of the bridge,” he said.
I was watching TV in my trailer across the parking lot when a special news report with helicopters said that a parachute was dangling from the Golden Gate Bridge. At that point, I thought, “Wait a minute, I’m looking at the helicopters and TV, somebody didn’t pull a permit, and somebody’s going to get in trouble with the mayor’s office. So I can only apologetically say, ‘Somebody didn’t pull a permit, somebody
According to the publication, Fraser apologized again to the audience that night when he got a lifetime achievement award for acting at the festival for his work in The Whale, stating, “So that said, my fault, it won’t happen again.”
After a succession of high-profile appearances in the ’90s and ‘early to mid-2000s,’ Fraser mostly withdrew from Hollywood, but he is now receiving huge praise for his work in The Whale.
The actor took the stage as the credits rolled for the film showing earlier this month at the London Film Festival and received a five-minute standing ovation, which further increased the audience’s enthusiasm.
After getting a standing ovation at this month’s Venice International Film Festival, Fraser was obviously moved and later recalled the experience in a cover story for Variety, saying that he “felt so affirming.”
At the time, he said, “I was emotional because it was an acknowledgment that what we done is making an impact.” Indeed, I have never experienced anything like that kind of reaction in my professional career.