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Although the characters of Rick and Evelyn had grown and matured in the second film, Director Stephen Sommers wanted it to be clear that Jonathan had learned absolutely nothing from his first adventure.
Loosely translated, Dwayne Johnson's line "Haku Machente" means "It's hot as hell."
In order to keep his smooth hairless look, Arnold Vosloo had his entire body shaved twice a day. Originally, he tried waxing but couldn't stand the pain.
Freddie Boath was a big fan of The Mummy (1999), having seen it over 30 times. He passed on the opportunity to play in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) to participate in this movie, because The Mummy (1999) is one of his favorite films. He knows so much about the movie that he even served as sort of a consultant on the first film for the other crew and cast members. This was his first professional acting job.
London's Tower Bridge was closed to allow for filming. They were allowed to close it for 20 minutes at a time, but the resulting traffic jam after the first time brought threats of arrest from Scotland Yard and a reduced closing time of 10 minutes.
The designs for Anuk Su Namun's sleeves on her dress, look exactly like her body paint from her previous life.
In the scene where they enter the room full of gold, one of the statues in the back of the room is a life-sized Oscar statue that is partially obscured by other items.
Brendan Fraser tore a spinal disk, cracked a rib, and injured his knees during production. Dwayne Johnson suffered from food poisoning and sunstroke. He lost over 10 pounds and said it was "the worst I have ever felt in my life."
Dwayne Johnson's only spoken lines are in Ancient Egyptian.
This sequel was greenlit by Universal the morning after The Mummy (1999) opened in May 1999.
In Evelyn's first vision, which shows the bracelet being locked up, it is evident that she sees herself but as Nefertiri. She is wearing the same clothes and ornaments, the night Pharoah is killed by Imhotep and Anuck-Su-Namun.
Additional cliffs had to be digitally added to the "Tidal Wave" scene in order to mask hundreds of spectators watching the production.
Ardeth Bay (Oded Fehr) is the only person in the film who refers to Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) as "the Creature." This is explained in the novelization of the film; which states that Ardeth (as do all Medjai) fears even referring to Imhotep by name while the mummy is still in his undead form, calling him "He That Shall Not Be Named". Ardeth Bay in the novel overcomes this unease and reluctantly refers to Imhotep by name after the mummy's regeneration.
Rachel Weisz and Patricia Velasquez trained for five months for their fight scene. They did the fight without any stunt women.
When Alex stops the train in order to escape, Imhotep steps out of the wagon together with Ank-Su-Namun and gestures that they have arrived at the destination, calling it "Karnak". However, Karnak is a modern name of the temple meaning "fortress" in Arabic. The ancient Egyptian name for Karnak was "Per Amen", meaning "House of Amun".
The scene near the beginning where Alex accidentally knocks over the pillars in a domino fashion is similar to the scene in the original Mummy (1999) where his mother knocked down the bookshelves.
Brendan Fraser wanted the O'Connell family to live in an apartment, but they ended up living in a house so that it could be used for the big battle scene.
The house used as the O'Connells' mansion appeared as part of the library in the The Mummy (1999).
The symbol Alex can't identify - Amenophus - which Jonathan triumphantly remembers while fighting Meela is the same one he couldn't identify, and had to ask Evelyn in The Mummy (1999).
When the O'Connells run out of the museum after Rick rescues Evie, there are four mummy guards chasing them. However, in the ensuing bus battle scene, only three are killed. According to the original script, the fourth was supposed to attack Alex after the bus had come to a stop. However, director Stephen Sommers decided to cut the scene, figuring that the audience had had enough of the mummy battle and wanted to get on with the story.
The "airport" where Izzy Buttons moors his dirigible was intended to be the abandoned Royal Air Force airfield that saw Winston Havelock from the first film fly his biplane to fight the mummy.
The pygmy mummies, as explained in the novel of the film, were said to be brought back to Thebes in ancient times by pharaohs as ill-tempered jesters.
The battle sequence in the O'Connell manor was originally supposed to be set in a casino owned by Jonathan, but budget constraints meant that a house, also used in The Omen (1976), was substituted.
The title does not appear at the beginning of this film. The title finally is given at the end of the picture, after the headlining credits but before main credits roll. Now common, in 2001 leaving the title off the start of a film was a relatively rare innovation.
In the original script, when Rick asks Izzy, "Where's your airplane?" Izzy responds that he lost it in a poker game; this idea is explained in the novel of the film.
The building used for the outside of the British Museum is not the real British Museum; it's University College London. The Museum was unavailable as it was undergoing external reconstruction and was covered in scaffolding.
The hand prints in the train's bathroom are from Director Stephen Sommers's hands.
The character Izzy is named after director Stephen Sommers' dog.
According to Arnold Vosloo, his axe weighed about 50 lbs. After three days, he felt like his arms were coming out of their sockets.
Hundreds of real scorpions and tarantulas were used in the film.
The interiors of the O'Connells' house were filmed in the Shepperton Studios offices used by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott.
Despite reports to the contrary, Stephen Sommers does NOT have a cameo as the man in the bathtub at Izzy's place. However, he does provide the "voice" of the man, heard faintly humming, as Sommers himself explains on the film's audio commentary.
For the vintage bus, the production rounded up pieces from private collections all over Europe. The ads are real ones from the '30s.
The filmmakers digitally multiplied the real 200 horsemen to make an army of 10,000.
In one scene, Rachel Weisz was supposed to run through a real crumbling set, but her contract wouldn't allow it.
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The archaeological dig of Hamunaptra was filmed at Bryant's Lane Quarry, Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
In real life, Oded Fehr doesn't have any face tattoos, but he does have a small ghost on his back.
The sequel takes place almost ten years later, even though the movies were released two years apart. Stephen Sommers joked that he wrote it that way because he "didn't want to work with babies."
In parallel with the previous movie, there is a standoff between arguing parties at the dig site. Also in parallel, it is a woman who breaks it up, though this time it is Meela who does it.
Brendan Fraser and Arnold Vosloo would later go on to appear in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), which is also directed by Stephen Sommers. Coincidentally, Dwayne Johnson would go on to appear in its sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013).
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Oded Fehr trained on horseback for months to prepare for his role.
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When Rick and Evie are talking to Izzy, he mentions the "flight job in Marrakesh". In the previous film the prison scene, and the streets of Cairo were shot in Marrakesh.
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It was hard to keep the torches lit. They only burned for three minutes at a time.
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When O'Connell blows up the tree that spans the ravine during the pygmy battle, one of the pygmies rides the trunk down in the exact same manner as Slim Pickens rides the bomb down in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).
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The day after The Mummy (1999) opened, the studio asked Stephen Sommers to make a sequel.
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John Hannah came up with the idea to fill the bathtub with bubbles. He slipped getting out and injured his knee.
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Stephen Sommers wanted Izzy to have one silver tooth. Shaun Parkes insisted on four.
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Stuntmen stood in for Anubis's animated warriors on set. They held up antennas to simulate their height.
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The film takes place in 3067 BC and 1933.
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A full 49 minutes pass before Arnold Vosloo makes a visual appearance in the movie. Technically, he also provides the movements of his character Imhotep prior to that, but as a computer-generated special effect was superimposed over his performance, he is not truly on-screen.
Dwayne Johnson plays the role of the Scorpion King in this movie and reprised the role in The Scorpion King (2002).
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In 2013, one of the shrunken heads went up for auction online with a starting bid of $85.
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Alun Armstrong (Mr. Hafez) reunited with Stephen Sommers for Van Helsing (2004).
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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje left the cast of Oz (1997) in order to be in this film.
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The miners use M2 Flamethrowers to fight off the scarabs. The same weapon is used in The Thing (1982).
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Rachel Weisz's first sequel. She would decline the opportunity to return for the third instalment, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Evelyn is first seen brushing off a wall, the figures on the wall behind her are of two females fighting with sais. This is a depiction of her as Nefertiri fighting Anck Su Namun in front of the Pharaoh.
Despite fighting his character (The Scorpion King) in the finale, at the time of release Brendan Fraser had not met The Rock Dwayne Johnson.
Rachel Weisz's character Nerfertiri was originally called Nefertiti but the producers felt that people would make "boob" jokes about the name so it was changed to that of another Egyptian queen.
When Alex is reading from the "Book of the Dead" to bring his mother back to life, one of the words he says is "Vosloo" which is the last name of the actor playing Imhotep.
The scene in which the Curator's hand was torn off is explained in the novel of the film: the pygmy mummies used the pyramid of Ahm Shere as a place of worship and savaged intruders in any way they could, and in that version, the Curator's hand was not stripped of its flesh but completely torn off instead.
The voice of the Scorpion King, at the end of the film, was dubbed by Brazilian rock singer, songwriter and guitarist Max Cavalera, lead singer of Sepultura, Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy.
The two men guarding the Bracelet of Anubis in Evy's vision in the tomb are brothers in real life.
The dirigible that Izzy Buttons pilots was described as a two-hundred year old fishing trawler with an airplane propeller in the novel of the film.
The events behind the Curator Baltus Hafez's demise appeared in a somewhat different manner in the film's novelization: Hafez's name was "Faud Fachry", and he wore an off-white suit with a simple fez instead of his more elaborate clothing shown in the film. Along with this, Fachry mutilated himself when in Ahm Shere: in the book it was revealed that the Scorpion King's people followed an ancient ritual that required someone seeking total trust from his master to scalp himself: the Curator does this, as does Imhotep before the Scorpion King. Imhotep proclaims the phrase "Mi Phat Ahs", meaning "I am your disciple" to the Scorpion King and is spared; the Curator, before he can show his scalped skull, is stopped by O'Connell, who, while escaping the Scorpion King takes the golden helmet from a statue and rams it on the Curator's head, mispronouncing the phrase as "*your* fat ass": O'Connell's doing this was explained as putting the Curator out of his misery. The Scorpion King does not see Fachry's gesture of submissiveness and kills the Curator at once.

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