Leslie Mann had a work crush on Brendan Fraser, thought she would marry him


Leslie Mann appeared on the penultimate episode of Busy Tonight (#SaveBusyTonight!). I adore Leslie. I actually like Judd Aptow a little more because of Leslie. In 1997 (the same year she married Judd) she starred in George of the Jungle opposite Brendan Fraser. Busy got Leslie to admit she had a crush on Brendan while making that film. It wasn’t too much of a reveal, who didn’t have a crush on Brendan in that film? Who doesn’t have a crush on him now? But Leslie admitted to far more than a crush, she told Busy thought she was in love with him and wanted to marry him.

You had a crush back in the day?
Yeah. Brendan Fraser.

And you were on George of the Jungle? But you thought maybe…
I would marry George… Brendan. Because he was just delightful. In the movie I am supposed to fall in love with him and I just fell in love with him in real life. And I was like, “Judd, I love Brendan.”

And he was like, “I know. Stop it.”

“Yeah, but really, I think I love him.” And I started getting really weird around him. At work. You know, because he was like naked all day long. In the loin cloth.

Busy asked Leslie if she ever told Brendan about her crush and Leslie didn’t answer that, but she did tell a story about him kissing her hello right after she’d taken a big bite of oatmeal. She said she had oatmeal all over her lips and Brendan never kissed her hello after that (it was their consensual daily greeting, btw). So Busy wondered out loud if Brendan remembered that and then she brought Brendan out to ask him! It was adorable. Brendan brought a huge bouquet of peonies because Leslie loves them (I love peonies, too, Brendan. In case you ever want to show up on my couch). Brendan was dapper, Leslie was thrilled and Busy was pleased at pullingthe whole thing off. Apparently Busy got Judd’s okay prior to the surprise and he was totally on board with it. They had a sweet chat, Leslie was making moony eyes at Brendan and he complimented her repeatedly. But the best part is that he gave her his loincloth from George! I guess Leslie had named it “The Butt Flap” and he framed it and gave to her. The whole exchange is just good ol’ feel-good TV.

Here is the clip of Brendan surprising Leslie. I should warn you, at the end of the segment, Busy thanks Leslie and Brendan and sings her signature sign off song. She’s quite emotional and cries throughout and at the very end, when she looks in the camera and earnestly says, “Goodnight, you guys I love you,” it hits you in the chest. It’s obvious Busy puts so much heart into this show. I wish I could save it for her, I hope she finds a new home.

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  1. Seraphina says:

    I watched The Other Woman which starred Leslie and I really like her. Just has something that drew me to her. She seems genuine and a good person. And I think she does great in parts given to her. Hollywood needs more of these people. I wish her well.

    Also wish Braden well. Read an article about what happened in Hollywood to him and how it soured him. Glad to see him out and about.

    • Ladystarofwinterfell says:

      I agree! Have you seen any other movie with her? She has a natural ability to draw women in, I like her a lot. She can’t really do any wrong.

      • Seraphina says:

        I saw her In this is 40 and in a commercial
        Or two and I think she is awesome 🙂

  2. Marjorie says:

    Why arent you posting about the state of the United States anymore? For two years we talked about the stable genius, and now we are supposed to only talk about this sort of thing?

    • Lesanne says:

      I think maybe they are just so burned out and appalled that there is nothing left to say. Everyday is a new assault. I personally can’t think too hard or I just weep irrationally.

    • Celebitchy says:

      We record our podcast on Thursdays and we actually talk about this on the episode coming out Monday.

      • Betsy says:

        I never listen to podcasts, so I won’t hear your reasoning, but I wanted to say that I enjoyed when you did cover politics, I can understand if you’re burnt out and don’t want to anymore (god knows I feel bruised having to read about it) and so I will be happy if it comes back and happy if it doesn’t.

        I only wish there were a place here where we could talk about actions we could take – marches/protests to attend, letters to write, companies to boycott, charities to support, etc. I’m angry. I’ve voted in almost every election since I turned 18 (I think I missed primaries when I was young, but my state used to caucus and I did not have time for that) and I want to do more but my head is spinning from all the do mores that need to be done.

    • minx says:

      This blog has a perfect mix of escapism and news.

    • launicaangelina says:

      Because this is an escape for most of us. I love celeb gossip and visit the site daily for an escape. I go to twitter or my news app if I want to know what’s going on in the world.

      This clip was sweet and I love Brendan Fraser! What happened to him was horrible. I’m glad he’s making his way back to our screens. I adore Leslie Mann too and I enjoy following Busy.

    • Desolee says:

      I also noticed that there are no more or maybe less political stuff . Kinda miss it though the amount was too much for me. I didn’t participate …But I liked that it was here lol

    • pantanlones en fuego says:

      I think that most of us come here for gossip and to escape from news (hence the blog title). I for one am thankful to not have to see pictures of the tangerine tyrant or his foul offspring.

  3. Erinn says:

    I have a soft spot for Brendan. He’s talked about being assaulted and it really seems to have negatively impacted his career. He was such a good looking guy – and he was everywhere until he wasn’t. I grew up watching his goofy movies and really liked the guy.

    I’m happy to see him around more lately.

    I’m also super sad that this show is ending. I love Busy, and I always will. She really does put her heart into it, and it sucks that that isn’t always enough.

    • TomorrowIsTooLate says:

      I had a huge crush on Brendan Fraser for a long time. He seems like a really sweet, huggable man. To me he seemed like the perfect mix of sexy, manly, funny and warm…a hard combo to come by with hollyweird stud muffins.

    • Alissa says:

      I loved Brendan, especially the Mummy. I thought he was so handsome and funny. when I read that article, it made me cry. I’m glad he’s doing well these days, he just seems like the sweetest person ever.

  4. Dorothy#1 says:

    I have loved Brendan since forever. I’m so happy he’s out and about again.

  5. Adrien says:

    Very few handsome actors have comedic talents. I can only name Brendan, Chris Hemsworth, Ashton and Zac Efron. Most heartthrobs make me cringe when they attempt to do comedy. They have to deglamorize themselves or play a hillbilly in order to be effective.

  6. minx says:

    I lol’d at Apatow’s response “I know. Stop it.” They seem like a great couple and their daughters are adorable.

    • TQB says:

      Their daughters are great! I secretly love the Jergens commercials she does with them.

  7. Lizzie says:

    this was really cute. fans of both actors and this was incredibly sweet.

  8. SM says:

    Oh but of course, anyone would have chosen Brendan to marry over Judd. Sorry. I also wonder why his star faded, he seems like such a nice, humble human. He did a movie with Liz Hurley where she plays the devil and he plays a guy in love. The devil grants his wishes in exchange for his soul and he waists them on becoming someone else, someone he thinks the woman of his affection will fall in love with. His comedic talents playing different versions of a man is hilarious. Not to mention that film explored something out of the ordinary story wise, where in a romcom it is not the woman that goes out of her ways to get the man but a man does that. It’s called Bedazzled. Anyone who did not see it, really should see it.

    • JadedBrit says:

      @SM https://variety.com/2018/film/news/brendan-fraser-hfpa-ex-president-sexually-assaulted-him-1202707850/ This, his extensive injuries sustained through doing his own stunts, divorce and taking care of his son(s) all had a catastrophic effect on such a genuinely decent and lovely (and utterly toothsome) man. He’s come slowly back into public life – bless him.

    • Seeker542 says:

      Bedazzled is actually a remake of the Peter Cook & Dudley Moore film by the same name from 1967. I believe it’s an adaptation of the old Faust tale to begin with.

      (Not info trolling, just a film nerd.)

    • Parigo says:

      When he wakes up and can speak Spanish… hilarious

      • Seeker542 says:

        And he’s a drug dealer in Columbia! Lol I forgot about that part. I loved all the character vignettes with the supporting cast.

      • SM says:

        And when he is a hopeless romantic crying at the sight of sunset. @jadedbrit, wow, that’s a lot , it makes me like him even more, he still is a nice person despite everything he had to go through in his work.

  9. Peanutbuttr says:

    If you can, I suggest checking out Doom Patrol, where Brendan voices Robotman and plays his human version Cliff Steele. He is both hilarious in the way he processes all the crazy around him, as well as sympathetic as he tries to come to terms with being a robot.

    • launicaangelina says:

      Thanks and I’m adding Doom Patrol to my watch list. Also, I need a Brendan Fraser movie binge soon.

  10. Lex says:

    Video not available in your country… wahhhh

  11. Gil says:

    Brenda is such a nice guy. Who could you not love him? I watched that movie when I was a kid so I wasn’t looking at George “jungle” (as Busy said) I should watch it again ^_^ This video made my day. Thank you.

  12. Tallia says:

    This was adorbs. The genuine respect and adoration they have for each other was lovely. This was so cute and exactly what I needed to see today. Thank you!

  13. Shelley says:

    A yes! George of the Jungle! One of the “kid movies” I didn’t mind having to watch over and over again 🙂

  14. clairej says:

    I cannot think of the films name, but I love the one where he was kept in a bunker all his life. His Dad was Christopher Walken and the love interest was Alicia Silverstone. That was perfect!

    • Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

      @Claire, that movie is called “Blast From the Past.” Love that movie, it’s so fun and cute!

  15. Ashipper says:

    I knew Brendan when he was 18 and in acting school in Seattle. I haven’t been in touch with him since then, but I can say that he was a real sweetheart. I only ever saw him be kind and friendly to everyone he met. I know he’s been through some tough times and I hope he’s happy and doing great now.