With the first trailer for The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe doing the rounds, it feels like the perfect time to revisit the films that helped launch the film career of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
Stephen Sommers’ The Mummy lacked the star power of this latest incarnation, but the first film in the trilogy stands as a pretty enjoyable bit of popcorn fodder.
Released in 1999, the film was a smash hit, helping launch the careers of its stars Rachel Weisz and Brendan Fraser.
It was a different story once The Rock signed on, two years later, for sequel The Mummy Returns though with the film enjoying a similar box office return but some pretty damning reviews along the way.
There was plenty to lament too – the convoluted story, dodgy special effects and general misuse of one of WWE’s biggest and best stars were just a few issues.
However, one thing stands out as arguably the worst element of the film by some considerable distance – the character of Alex O’Connell, the fictional son of Fraser’s Rick and Weisz’s Evelyn.
To say Alex was a character that grated on fans would be an understatement – he stuck out like a sore thumb, with almost every scene involving the boy veering from cringey to just plain uncomfortable.
Played by child star Freddie Boath, rumour has it that the youngster actually opted to audition for The Mummy 2 over Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Boath might have ended up regretting that decision though after the part of Alex O’Connell was recast for the third outing in The Mummy franchise.
Acting sporadically in the years since, Boath’s credits include ITV1 drama series The Children and the Starz miniseries The Pillars of the Earth.
Nowadays, however, he works mostly away from the camera.
A graduate of Oxford Brookes University in 2013, the 25-year-old Boath is currently employed as a sales negotiator for Hamptions International estate agents.
“I started my career in Real Estate in the fast moving and competitive London Market. I believe this gave me a very good base on which to build my skills and learn from any number of situations that arose there,” he writes on his LinkedIn profile.
“Since I was 18 I’ve striven to stay in employment at all times,” he added.
His acting career does not go completely unmentioned though, despite the fact he appears to have forged a new career in the world of property – something that should be commended.
“I’ve spent my life acting and performing. Its a passion of mine that i hope to continue and take to future employment,” he writes.
Good luck to you Freddie – just don’t go expecting a call from Mr Cruise any time soon.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.