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Mummy Actress Escapes Death

31 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Mummy star Rachel Weisz narrowly escaped death when the taxi she was travelling in was hit by a truck. Rachel, 30, was on her way back from the doctor's in London, England, after pulling out of the play The Shape Of Things with an illness said to be a cold. The dazed actress sat in the back of the wrecked taxi before slowly clambering out and standing on the pavement for 15 minutes before going to her home in nearby Primrose Hill, north London. One onlooker said, "It was a miracle she wasn't seriously injured. Just a split second later and the lorry would have hit the back of the cab where Rachel was sitting." A spokesman for the actress said that she "was obviously very shocked by the accident. But please tell everyone that Rachel is fine." »

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Mummy Star Goes To The Small Screen

25 June 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Variety reports that Israeli Oded Fehr, who played the dashing Ardeth Bay in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, has been signed to take over a top slot in the upcoming NBC series, Undercover (or UC). Fehr will come in to replace departing star Grant Show and lead the undercover unit that is the show's focus. While Fehr has done TV series work in the UK, his American television work has been limited to TV movies and miniseries, so series creator Shane Salerno consider's landing one of the stars of such high-grossing movies to be a "pretty cool thing." Salerno adds, though, that luring Fehr back to series TV wasn't easy, saying "it was a very long seduction process." Show has filmed a one-hour premiere already and producers plan to use it. Currently under consideration is whether to extend that into a two-hour TV movie and introduce Fehr's character, Donovan, in the second hour or wait until the second episode. (This story was compiled by IMDb staff) »

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Weisz: I'll Never Do Another Mummy

6 June 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Stunning actress Rachel Weisz has refused point blank to ever return to The Mummy movies. Despite the fact that The Mummy Returns is currently making pots of money, Weisz says she's got nothing left to offer in the role. She says, "I wouldn't even do another film for $200 million. I don't do this for money, and I'm not for sale. I've played the character, and I have nothing left to add to her. Two Mummy movies is enough. I did it because I thought it was a fantastic role for a woman, and it reminded me of Raiders Of The Lost Ark and Romancing The Stone." »

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Rachel Weisz Tipped To Play Mae West In Stage Comedy

3 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Mummy Returns actress Rachel Weisz is being tipped to star as Mae West in a new stage comedy. The British beauty is in line to star in Dirty Blonde, the tale of screen legend West - known as much for her wit as for her looks. The comedy is due to transfer to London's West End from New York's Broadway later this year or early next year. And Weisz can't wait for the chance - because, as she proves in the sequel to her hit flick The Mummy, she likes variety in her work. She says, "It's important to me not to be seen as just a pretty young thing. I was this feisty librarian in the original, but for the sequel I have to get very physical and get myself into fighting shape for Egyptian hand-to-hand combat. I spent five months learning Japanese martial arts. It was a real challenge but I am proud of the result." »

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Young Film Star Prefers Mummy To Harry Potter

23 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A young actor rejected a chance to land the role of the year in Harry Potter - to appear in The Mummy Returns. Freddie Boath was too busy filming the horror sequel alongside Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz to audition for the role of the child wizard - despite its being the most prominent young role in movies since Anakin Skywalker. Freddie admits, "Actually, I was going to go to the auditions but then I changed my mind. I didn't really want the part because I was doing this film and it was going to a long time to make the Harry Potter film." The nine-year-old South London schoolboy plays Fraser's son in the follow-up to The Mummy - and adores the original so much that he knows every line. Brendan, who plays Rick O'Connell, confirms, "Freddie has seen The Mummy 58 times. "His mom has told me he watches it endlessly and I know that to be true because whenever we have a question about anything that happened in the first film, we asked Freddie. He knows all the lines, all the plot points, he remembers them chronologically and he can also describe the rooms." »

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