During the conversation, Fraser’s role in the Tarzan-inspired film George of the Jungle came up. He revealed insights into his preparation for his role during the interaction.
‘I was waxed, starved of carbohydrates,” Brendan Fraser revealed, continuing, “I would drive home after work and stop to get something to eat. I needed some cash one day, and I went to the ATM, and I couldn’t remember my PIN number because my brain was misfiring. Banging on the thing. I didn’t eat that night,” added the actor. “The wardrobe was there was no wardrobe. George wears a loincloth,” Brendan Fraser concluded.
Adam Sandler also joked about how Brendan Fraser looked so muscular and so good-looking in the film, to the extent that Sandler became ‘disappointed’. “You weren’t supposed to do that to us. You did right by the character. But you did wrong by us, man. You made us feel bad about ourselves.” Sandler stated, asking Fraser, “Were you oiled up at all during George?”
Earlier this year, Fraser also issued a humorous apology to the city of San Francisco due to a traffic jam that was caused over 25 years ago owing to the film’s production.
“When we were doing George of the Jungle, George goes to rescue a parachutist tangled in the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge” Fraser said, adding, “That means Disney put a mannequin hanging by a parachute from the uprights. It brought traffic to a standstill on either side of the bridge.”
Fraser continued, “My trailer was on the other side in a parking lot. I just remember watching the Golden Gate Bridge. There’s this dummy parachutist hanging from it. I had the TV on, and Oprah got interrupted because there was a special news report with helicopters saying a parachute is dangling on the bridge. And I’m going — wait a minute, I’m looking at the helicopters and TV — somebody didn’t pull a permit, somebody’s going to get in trouble with the mayor’s office. So I can only apologize for that.”
George of the Jungle was a 1997 film that also starred Leslie Mann and Thomas Hayden-Church alongside Fraser. The film was a box office success, grossing over $170 million at the worldwide box office. George of the Jungle still remains one of Fraser’s signature roles from the 1990s.