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It was a brisk winter's night at the Sydney premiere of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which was held at Greater Union George St. Cinema's in Sydney. Hollywood leading man Brendan Fraser, along with co-star and burgeoning Australian actor Luke Ford attended the event, and I was there to get a quick word in with both actors.


Matthew Pejkovic: Welcome back to Australia!

Luke Ford: Thank you very much!

MP: It has been quite a year for you so far. You had The Black Balloon earlier this year, and a new Mummy film ready for release. You must be very happy with the way things are at the moment?

LF: Yeah, I am really happy. If I was to sit back as a business man and analyse my career, I would be pleased with how it has progressed.

MP: What is next on the radar for Luke Ford?

LF: Well, there is a film called It's Plenty, which is a civil war film. And then maybe a film in Ireland, which is still up in the air, so I really can't talk too much about it. But apart from that it's been pretty quiet because of the strike in America.

MP: What are the chances of another Mummy film in the future?

LF: Well, you know, it really depends on the success of this one.

MP: Maybe you can set the next film in Australia!? And if so, which Aussie would you like to take on as a villain in an Australian set Mummy film?

LF: An Australian actor! Maybe someone like Richard Roxburgh would be fun.


Matthew Pejkovic: Hi, Brendan. Welcome to Australia!

Brendan Fraser: Hey, what's happening?

MP: Over the last few years you have focused primarily on more dramatic films, such as Crash and The Air I Breathe. But now you have returned with two action oriented films in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Is it fun getting back to action roles after a few years of dramatic work?

BF: What can I say? It's exciting, it's what the people really come and pay to see when they want these pictures. I have been asked so often no matter where I travel, "When is there going to be another Mummy movie?" Well, I finally got the call 7 years after The Mummy Returns. They told me "Where gonna be shooting in China this time". Why not? We stepped out, got access to the Terracotta warriors! We got Jet Li as the baddie….

MP: And what a baddie to have!

BF: Man! In China, it was like a prize fight, like a rumble in the jungle between Jet Li and (The Mummy co-star) Michelle Yeoh. Let me tell you, they were really excited for that one!

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor stars Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, Michelle Yeoh, and Luke Ford, and will be released nationwide on the 11th of September through Universal Pictures.


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