18. Brendan Fraser was “choked out” for real shooting the hanging scene

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Early on in The Mummy, Rick is sentenced to death by hanging, and is left dangling on the end of a rope when Evelyn, played by Rachel Weisz, successfully negotiates his freedom just in time. Alarmingly, Fraser came close to being hanged for real when the rope was pulled a little too tight, resulting in him falling into unconsciousness.

Fraser later recalled in an interview: “I remember seeing the camera start to pan around, and then it was like a black iris at the end of a silent film. I regained consciousness, and one of the EMTs was saying my name.” Fraser actually stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated, which Rachel Weisz later admitted was traumatising to witness.

17. CGI had to be used to preserve Rachel Weisz’ modesty when her white dress got wet

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The Mummy features extensive use of CGI, particularly when it comes to the resurrected Imhotep, plagues of locusts and undead priest zombies. However, digital trickery was also used for another purpose outside of creating monsters and insects that you might not have been aware of: concealing the accidental exposure of leading lady Rachel Weisz.

In the scene where they are forced to jump overboard from a boat, Weisz is clad in a dainty white nightdress, in keeping with her character and the time period. Of course, when this garment got wet it became completely see-through. To keep things family-friendly, CGI was used in post to make the dress fully white again.

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