Saturday, February 16, 2013

Brendan Fraser Is Broke

Remember when Brendan Fraser made those Mummy movies and was raking in $20M+ a year? Well those times are long gone. The former A list mostly movie star who has now dropped to a B-/C+ wants to lower his child support and alimony payments. He says he can't afford the annual $900K payment he makes to his ex-wife which also supports their three children. According to The NY Post, Brendan was once worth $45M. That is a ton of money to blow. With no Mummy movies in sight and not being all that great of an actor Brendan wants to conserve what he has left for as long as he can. Considering that his youngest child is 6, he has a lot of paying still to do. Brendan's ex says he is hiding money which he probably is, but he also has "medical issues". Yeah, and those medical issues are very expensive. I wonder if they have something to do with the fact that he can't get work.

84 comments:

VargasGirl said...

He is the voice of a new animated movie, but that probably doesn't pay that well.

rejectedcarebear said...

Information overload.

He was so sexy in the first Mummy movie. I heard they are re-booting the series.

KPeony said...

This sounds like a BI reveal

Basil said...

I don't understand how someone can lose so much money?

Cee Kay said...

He was actually a VERY good actor, and he should have been huge. But years of coke abuse will definitely bring a guy down...

Tuxedo Cat said...

He may have lost money in the last stock market crash. Many people's incomes are seriously down. Hopefully it's just temporary. Hopefully he can get the child support adjusted to something he can afford. Better that than to get so far behind that he stops paying altogether.

PuggleWug said...

Can't he go about the Nic Cage route, do an occasional shitty movie for a paycheck? It doesn't even have to be watchable, just get a few out a year, and voila, you have money.

annabella said...

newsflash! the stock market is back to its 2007 levels. don't blame this one on the crash. he obviously didn't handle his money very well.

he was so good looking when he was younger!

seaward said...

When Now & Then came out, god I was so jealous of Thora Birch getting to drink out of the same bottle as him and smoke cigarettes with him. And now I see this picture of him and fuck. Ladyboner gone.

B626 said...

IMBD shows 6 projects in post production, but yeah, not Mummy money.
Loved him and Liz in Badazzled.

PuggleWug said...

I am quite ignorant when it comes to child support. Shouldn't the amount paid be based on what he has and currently makes? I would think he could get it lowered so he could actually pay it.

Ms. C said...

Agree w/ Puggle. Hell, he could probably make serious bank doing commercials in Japan and stuff. It does sound like this is a BI reveal, and I hope someone figures it out.

Also, I would never begrudge anyone child support payments but doesn't 900k seem excessive? I personally don't think anyone is entitled to that much money, even with children.

Kate and Itzhak said...

If the wife were smart (which all signs point to "no") she should have had the money up front in a trust that she and her advisors control. Never rely on a baby daddy for the long haul- the the $$ upfront.

Count Jerkula said...

I figured that after Encino Man he'd be set for life.

Anyway, it is the same w/ pro athletes. The support is based on your current income, and doesn't take into account that your career has a shelf life.

I heard one story of an exec after the crash. Savings wiped out, firm shuttered, and he had to pay $6k/month in support. Took 6 months from filing for reduction in support until he got a hearing, but he was locked up before then for non payment. PLUS, he was still on the hook for the 6k/month while waiting for the hearing, the reduction was only from that day forward.

Vera L- said...

damn, he was so hot. So very hot.

$900k a year does seem like a lot. Yikes.

timebob said...

I used to work for an accountant that handled high end divorces, mostly forensic accounting (finding money) for a hot minute he had the ex wife (before Ellen Barking) of Ron Pearlman. He said her skin was so translucent and luminous it was like she had daily seaweed facials.

You have no idea the lengths rich men will go to hide money from their wives. Not so much to screw the kids over, but to screw the wives over and so many cases were about mommy support not child care. The kids were used as bartering chips.

Brendan had his moment, he looks mental now.

Renoblondee said...

Wow. I used to really like him too. That sucks. Sounds like drugs got the best of him.

Tuxedo Cat said...

@annabella

I'm not trying to start an argument with you but, that's only true if all the companies you have your stocks in came back in full health.

ethorne said...

I hope he doesn't think he's going to fit between those cars.

VIPblonde said...

Headline should read "Brendan Fraser is broke and PAUNCHY!" What happened?! Oh, Encino man was a loooong time ago. Rose McGowan had her old face in that movie!

Nancy said...

He was supposed to be the lead of a new TNT show and dropped out due to "creative differences." I really thought that this guy would always have a steady hot career. This story makes me sad. I hope he gets his life back together.

audrey said...

I think he must have eaten his way through is money.

Ok that was mean...but we bash overweight women everyday...why not take a poke or too at some of the men who have lost their hot to the drive thru.

g.strathmore said...

I also thought he was so hot in the Mummy movies. He had such a hot bod and a sexy voice and a touch of nerdiness. He was awesome. I also saw an interview of him where he was playing with old-timey cameras and he came off as being goofy and charming. Was he really a coke user? Ah...my fantasy is shattered!

Susan said...

What are his "medical" issues? Anyone? Bueller?

javamomma said...

Timebob mentioned Ronald Perlman and that reminded me--all gossip and/or penny marshall fans should read her autobiography. It is free for kindle users right now and was great. Lots of gossip and RP comes off as a sweetheart for everything he did for penny over the years. Very surprising stuff.

auntliddy said...

What about corbin bensen? Thise shitty dentist movies????? You do what u gotta do to make a living. If he has health issues, or addiction, time to come clean. Ha! I love my double entendre!!

auntliddy said...

Very very very smart miss kate, in fact brilliant!!!!

auntliddy said...

Doesnt seem fair at all.

g.strathmore said...

@auntliddy, and Corbin Bernsen eventually made out okay because he has a major role on Psych, which is an awesome show.

auntliddy said...

Arent coke adficts usually skinny? Mb heroin? Geez, i hope neither.

Flora Goforth said...

Susan his medical issue appears to be his food addiction and exercise phobia.

It's funny because someone was talking about him last week and I looked up his IMDB page and it listed how much he was paid for various movies. One of the paydays was for $12 million. So the ex was awarded 7.5% of his earnings.

Btw, that part of his IMDB had been deleted when I checked again yesterday.

auntliddy said...

Exactly- you can be the picky thespian, or just go to work for that check. I admire that.

Nutty_Flavor said...

Thanks, Javamomma, that's a good tip. I will download that.

I never thought Brendan Frasier was attractive. He looked like all the boys at my Midwestern high school.

auntliddy said...

I want to like penny marshall but shes very off putting. Im sure perleman, like most people, is very nice to those he likes. Otherwise all I know about him is hes rich and a serial marrier.

auntliddy said...

And alot of actors get out of shape when they arent working.

Tru Leigh said...

A better question is: what happened to his rock hard abs?

Alma said...

I'm a sucker for Blast from the Past! And Christopher Walken. Dude got chunky! Hell if we can get on women then men better look like greek statues. How did he lose all that money?!

1Jazzimom said...

That's a lot of $ to go through. This is alimony n child support. Hope the ex- wife set some of her previous money aside.

1Jazzimom said...

That's a lot of $ to go through. This is alimony n child support. Hope the ex- wife set some of her previous money aside.

Mango said...

I don't know if it was drugs or if Fraser's shelf life just expired.

@ javamomma - I looked but didn't see a free kindle download (unless it was for "prime" members?)

Sherry said...

Seaward, your comment made for the first laugh of the day.

Superstitious FunDelicious said...

Yes! I looove Psych!

Lulu G said...

Wow he has dropped a long way. He was my celeb crush for a couple of years. He was so good looking.. I loved him and Ricki Lake in Mrs. Winterbourne and he got very critical acclaim for Gods and Monsters with Ian McClellan in 1998. He was totally with the hot bod for George of the Jungle. I believe that's where he met his now ex, Afton Smith, she had a bit part in that. From what I had seen he was also a talented hobbyist photographer as well. He seemed like a smart guy but I guess not so much. If he really wanted to work, he'd get in better shape and lose the weight like those in Entertainment have to do. This kind of makes me feel old and sad that my one time hottie crush looks like he can barely fit between those cars. Good thing they aren't two SUV's or his belly would definitely get stuck.

Lulu G said...

lol I forgot to add that I have definitely aged better than he has!!! :-)and without all that money....

Cee Kay said...

Actually Lulu, Afton got the bit part in the movie because they were already together. I hated her so much once I learned that! And now I just feel sorry for her, another blond in Hwood with a drug-bloated tool for an ex....

Lulu G said...

@CeeKay, thanks for the correction. After I posted I was reading up and read that. Instead they met at a bbq at Winona Rider's house. TMI, I know. The part she had in GotJ was tiny. I agree , I used to hate her too but now, she's going to be a sad lady if she doesnt get her $900k/annually!

bflogurl said...

I was pretty sure I was going to marry him in his "WIth Honors" days... sigh.

nudibelle said...

There was a blind abt an actor knowingly having sex while having aids. we all guessed the actor from star wars. but Brendan Canadian too. hey, magic is fat too. could be helluva treatments

Del Riser said...

I loved him in the Mummy movies, and like many others here I thought he would do well for a long time.

The 900k sounds excessive. I wonder how long he has been paying that amount. Also it doesn't say that he blew it all, it says he wants to conserve what he has left for as long as he can.

It would seem reasonable to lower the payment to something he can afford to pay long term.

I hope it's not drugs. I agree he should try and get overseas work, ads, voiceovers till he gets in shape. He could still be good.
long term.

Steppy said...

900/k a year? The ex fighting fighting against lowering that a bit has to be pretty damn selfish.

prolixe said...

I remember thinking he was just an idiot doofus (Geo of the Jungle, the caveman movie) until I saw him in Mrs Winterbourne and OMG he cleaned up nicely! Good chemistry with Rachel Weisz in the Mummy movies, too. NOT liking this pic. :(

The 900k is not entirely unrealistic. When wealthy people divorce (or work out child support payments), a lot of it can depend on how much the higher-earning spouse/partner makes, the standard of living that they're used to, etc. If he was pulling $20m a year w/a $45m net worth, the settlement would assume he would continue that way and base it on his income and assets. Also, he would have had to agree to that settlement or take it to mediation to lower it.

dragon said...

I love Bedazzled."You know you just got play 110 percent"

Dam, I hope he does mummy sequel or something

catlady1234 said...

for someone bringing in 20 million a year, i don't think 900k is excessive for alimony and three kids

iheartjacksparrow said...

Did you see Furry Vengeance?

Anna Nonymous said...

He's always been cute in an aw shucks, I'm not cute kinda way. But 900K a year? In what world was he ever going to maintain mummy paychecks? He can read and recite his lines well enough, he's definitely made for action flicks, but 900k? That's a stretch. Good for him for hiding money, I would too.

Lulu G said...

Hell to the no on Furry Vengeance. That made me sad. I remember seeing Brooke Shields in church in NJ in the mid 80's. She was absolutely stunning. The fact that Furry Vengeance was made, and that it starred the two of them was just awful.

auntliddy said...

My late bother-in-law saw Brooke in person, and he too said she was just gorgeous. Beautiful skin, he said.

tara17 said...

Aww, that's too bad, I find him likeable.

javamomma said...

Yep--sorry is the prime members kindle lending library.

fancyscreenname said...

Tehehehehehe

fancyscreenname said...

Bedazzled was awesome.

Mala Propism said...

I don't care, he's still on my list of "would go there" celebs. He can lose weight, and quit the addictions... I don't even want the $900k/yr... Still crush on his personality.

__-__=__ said...

I'm pretty sure everyone knows what a kid will cost them when they breed. 3 kids? Somebody worked the math on that. And we all know how to make babies from a pretty early age. No pity for him at all. Hated the Mummy movies, they're probably for kids anyways so whatever. I feel bad for the kids in the middle of this mess.

*Miss_P* said...

I saw him on the Westend in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof about 10 years ago.. He was brilliant - and so good looking.

Bravura said...

I fell out of love with Brendan after the spousal abuse charges back in the late 90's/early 2000's. I loved him in Encino Man and Bedazzled.

"The cheese is old and moldy. Where is the bathroom?"

NaNa LaLa said...

That's a whiskey gut/ alcohol bloat. Depression from not getting roles leading to excessive drinking?

I, too, was a fan. I'd love to see him make a comeback, he always seemed like a nice guy.

chachi said...

Jeeeesus! Most of us in first world countries need to start respecting money and not flushing it away like it grows on trees. And I mean that from the bottom (ie. me, when I spend $4 on a coffee) on up the food chain to the multi-millionaires who just buy bigger mansions.
What is WRONG with us when there are so many with nothing, who would cry with joy to see a 10 dollar bill?!
It's kinda disgraceful to lose that much moola, IMO.

Lulu G said...

Spousal abuse? I just searched on that and couldn't find anything about any allegations regarding Brendan. I did find that he has some litigation pending related to some movie on his IMDB future projects "William Tell". First production was delayed and so BF sued them because his contract stipulated he get paid whether the film was made or not. Then he has got into two physical brawls with the movie's producer who is now suing him back...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2172865/Brendan-Fraser-accused-repeatedly-assaulting-producer-TWO-separate-occasions.html

I am curious though about what spousal abuses allegations?

dia papaya said...

@Bravura - that is my favorite line from the film. I still quote it to my sisters and they know exactly what I mean!

Who would've thought that Sean Astin would end up better off than Brendan? I hope BF can get it together. What a shame!

JSierra said...

I had the biggest crush on him from George of the Jungle up until he made that Looney Tunes movie. Then again, I also had a huge crush on Joe from Wishbone on PBS and Aladdin soooooo maybe my taste in men isn't so great.

Although, Aladdin is a pretty stand up guy IMO.

Kloie said...

Ugh, I used to have such a thing for him...now he's like Val Kilmer's younger brother. :-\

jimmyjam said...

I read some pretty scathing remarks on his imdb page a few years ago supposedly from his ex-wife or maybe one of her friends re: him sleeping with men for roles. Michael Caine and Ian McKellan were two named. Can't remember all of it and I think it may have been removed. Whoever was making the accusations seemed to have a lot of scoop and an axe to grind. It certainly sounded like his jilted ex.

jimmyjam said...

I read some pretty scathing remarks on his imdb page a few years ago supposedly from his ex-wife or maybe one of her friends re: him sleeping with men for roles. Michael Caine and Ian McKellan were two named. Can't remember all of it and I think it may have been removed. Whoever was making the accusations seemed to have a lot of scoop and an axe to grind. It certainly sounded like his jilted ex.

g.strathmore said...

Whoa! I don't know why but for some reason, I got a little turned on imagining Brendan sleeping with Michael Caine.

greenmountaingal said...

I loved him in School Ties. My 90s crush Chris O'Donnell was in that. so were Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Amy Locane. I also loved him in With Honors. "I'm ending our friendship." Anyone remember that? Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

Kloie said...

School Ties was a great movie.

lutefisk said...

Maybe it's just me, but $900,000 in child support and ex-wife payments does not seem excessive in a Hollywood marriage. Considering what he earned and what their life style must have been like I don't find that over the top. Of course if he has no money any payment will be difficult.

Agent**It said...

No empathy for folks that do not live below their means and save for the rainy days. They blew their money together and did not adjust lifestyles accordingly. Boo hoo!

Green Tara said...

I had read several years ago somewhere (sorry, I cannot remember the source) that Brendan Fraser had pretty serious mental health issues, primarily severe bouts of depression. I have assumed since then that IF this is true, it explained why his career tanked. If true, it would also explain the "medical issues".

Basil said...

He was really good in Twilight of the Golds. He played the gay son, and his sister was pregnant with a baby that was going to be gay (her husband was a geneticsist), and they were casually tossing around ideas of abortion because of it, and he was very understandably upset. It was a good movie and he was good in it.

AKM said...

The video/GIF of him clapping at the Golden Globes still cracks me up every time. Of course, he admitted that he had a pretty good buzz on at the time, and if he DOES have substance abuse issues, I feel kinda bad for laughing.

ashipper said...

I knew him for a brief time when he was in acting school in Seattle. He dated a friend of mine for about a year. I have not been in touch with him since then, but I will say he was an incredibly nice person and I never saw him drink or use drugs. It makes me sad that people are calling him a heroin-addicted, wife beater when they don't know anything about him. A lot of time has passed and I don't know him now, but I'd like to think he is still the good person I knew then.

tealily said...

I think it's reasonable to ask for a lower payment. He is definitely not making the dough he once did. This doesn't seem too scandalous.

Jeri said...

His looks did go down hill way before their time which could be explained by medical reasons and lack of work due to lack of insurers (ala Lindsey) although I have no idea if he has those problems, if so he's good at staying out of the media.

THAT would give Lindsey a FATAL illness, lack of paps are lack of life to her.