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The Mummy Returns

The Mumy Returns: Weisz and Fraser face more pyramidical problems

STARS: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, Arnold Vosloo, The Rock, John Hannah
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Stephen Sommers

THE CONCEPT: The sequel to The Mummy is set in 1933, eight years after legionnaire Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and Egyptologist Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) fought for their lives against a 3000-year-old mummy named Imhotep.

Now married, with an eight-year-old son named Alex, the couple not only find themselves once again pitted against Imhotep, but there is even more danger afoot, as the 5000-year-old Scorpion King, who possesses strength and powers beyond the dreaded Imhotep, is unearthed.

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"I sat down before I even started writing this and watched at least a hundred sequels, to figure out why so many were bad and why the good ones worked. I realized that people want to see a sequel because they have fallen in love with the characters or the story. So the key with the sequel was to come up with a better story and make the characters more interesting."

BRENDAN FRASER on working with Stephen Sommers:
"It's hard to keep up with the guy. He has such a passion for his work that it rubs off on everyone. His energy was tremendous, even in the fierce heat of the Sahara Desert. Just like the first Mummy, this film is packed full of action, and now the dial have been turned up again. And up again."

RACHEL WEISZ on her fight scene with Patricia Velasquez:
"We trained during the entire shoot, nearly five months. We used small swords along with tridents, so there were four swords fighting at the same time, all fluid movements with kicks and flailing arms. It was a real challenge and I never thought I would master it, but I'm quite proud of how it looks onscreen."

John Hannah and The Big Breakfast's Donna AirJOHN HANNAH: (Jonathan)
"My character is still completely shallow. He spends all his time spending money and shagging women, which is not a bad thing to do if you've got the money. I was so anxious about what I was doing in the first movie. I was a bundle of nerves because I just thought I was terrible and over-the-top and I'd never work again, and then I saw the movie and I thought, 'Hey, I'm quite good.'

"With the second one, although there's no challenge because you've already done the character, the challenge is trying to keep the moment fresh, lively and as truthful as possible."

"It is always more fun to play the bad guys. The bad guys get to do all the cool stuff. What's really great is Steve (Sommers) has allowed me to play the guy not in an ambiguous way, but in such a way that you don't feel sorry for him, but you understand that he does what he does because of amore."

THE ROCK (The Scorpion King) on the difference between acting in the wrestling ring and before a camera:
"I think performing in the ring we're able to tell our little stories of struggle. In the film industry you're able to convey a wider array of emotions and tell a much longer and more challenging story, because not everything is so physical. The Scorpion King and The Rock are both conquerors. The role was tailor-made for me."

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