Day 40, No. 40. The Mummy

Arnold VoslooHAIRCUT 100: Day 40, No. 40. Arnold Vosloo as Imhotep, in Stephen Sommers’ kinetic and pataphysical reboot of the Universal Studio classic, The Mummy (1999). Cursed and entombed alive three millennia ago for his dalliance with Anck-su-Namun, the mistress of the Pharaoh, legend has it that should High Priest Imhotep ever awaken the world would be doomed. Guarded for centuries by descendants of the Medjai, the Pharaoh’s bodyguards, Imhotep slumbers beneath the lost ruins of Hamunaptra, the City of the Dead, until, in 1925, the academic Evelyn Carnahan and the adventurer Rick O’Connell (Rachel Weisz and Brendan Fraser) wake him up… South African actor Vosloo was probably most familiar to American audiences at that point for taking over the role of Peyton Westlake from Liam Neeson in Darkman Parts 2 and 3. As a serious stage actor, he brought an eerie gravitas to the film through his understanding that it was, like all truly great gothic fiction, a tragedy: ‘I only agreed to take on the role if I could do it absolutely straight,’ he said at the time. ‘From Imhotep’s point of view, this is a skewed version of Romeo and Juliet.

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