Inkheart comes to life with Brendan Fraser portraying the father whose reading brings his child's books to life. Inkheart is author Cornelia Funke's literary phenomenon that not only debuts on screen with Fraser in the role of â€˜Mo, the actor's persona inspired Funke's character itself.
Fraser is an actor's actor
Fraser spoke about Inkheart, being a father to young boys and his astounding acting career that began with Encino Man and continued through The Mummy series and Academy Award nominated films such as Gods and Monsters with Ian McClellan. Now Fraser is starring alongside another Oscar winner, The Queen herself, Helen Mirren in Inkheart.
The star found personal tests abounding in Inkheart, but admits they are pale compared to the courage to expose oneself to an audience as an actor. "It's always a challenge. Filmmaking's a challenge, rising to the occasion to do it. To have the courage to have a film career in the first place is tricky, let alone one where you have to buy into alternative fantasy worlds," Fraser says. "As long as you believe in what you're doing your audience will too."
Fraser's rules of surviving HollywoodFraser maintains a level of integrity that is at times unheard of in this town. How does he do it?
"I moved," Fraser says and laughs hysterically. Seriously, the actor is wheezing he is laughing so hard. "I got out of dodge."
Fraser as museFraser was actually the inspiration for the character of Mo when the author put pen to page. When Funke informed him, he was taken aback. "Blown away, astonished, I can only say I'm really humbled by it. Cornelia wrote this novel – let me back up," Fraser stops eager to tell the entire story.
"I got a copy of this novel, it was written, inscribed, 'Dear Brendan, thank you for inspiring the character of Mo. I hope that one day you are able to read this book aloud to your kids, Sincerely yours, Cornelia Funke.' I didn't know who she was. I wasn't aware. It was a book she had written. I went to my nearest Google and she has done a lot of work. I was flattered. I found it a very, very interesting story," Fraser says. "We, in literature and in films, we've seen the convention of things coming from other worlds into our real world. Going back to Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - - fantasy."