Brendan Fraser during The 24th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards at Bel Age Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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Brendan Fraser Apologizes For Stunt That Halted San Francisco Bridge Traffic
There’s a huge difference between staging a stunt in a studio versus on location in a public area, and there are plenty of anecdotes about unaware passersby who react to the stunt with genuine surprise and terror. Stunts may primarily be the domain of action movies, but there was one stunt from the quirky, rom-com “George of the Jungle” that literally stopped traffic.
The movie involves a stunt on the Bay Bridge in which George, played by Brendan Fraser, climbs the towering bridge to rescue a trapped parachuter, played by a mannequin. However, not everyone got the memo that a stunt was being performed, causing traffic to come to a standstill as bystanders watched, and even bringing news helicopters to the scene.
Fraser explained, “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, someone’s going to get in trouble with the mayor’s office. So I can only apologize for that.”