The Pestle


Ep 211: “The Mummy” (1999)

October 25, 2022

We resurrect Brendan Fraser’s “The Mummy” and discuss:

  • Physical comedy, flourishes, and committing to the bit;
  • Story, Writing, and keeping it PG-13, death in the shadows, exposition, progressing the action;
  • Mummy fun facts;
  • and other such stuff and things and stuff.

I’m not funny. What I am is brave. – Lucille Ball

Notes & References:
Brendan Fraser on nearly dying on set (
Line Producer (wiki)
What ever happened to Brendan Fraser? (GQ)
Eating mummies as medicine (Smithsonian)
Mummy paint (Wiki)
Correction: Mummy unwrapping parties apparently was just unwrapping and did not include eating the mummy at the party (Ripleys)
Curse of opening King Tut’s tomb in 1922 (Wiki)
Hard to pinpoint who first discovered beer, but 5000 years ago in Sumeria seems to be the consensus (
“Brine pool” at the bottom of the sea (YouTube)
“The Mummy Returns” bloopers and outtakes (YouTube)

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