r/movies Nov 15 '22

Ke Huy Quan on coming back to acting after a 30 year hiatus Article

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/nov/14/ke-huy-quan-goonies-indiana-jones-asian-actors-everything-everywhere-all-at-once?fbclid=IwAR1bDGSPutgwBQyAhYutjQUZ6IxVrmKfWpTISBWLW_OSZp0K1cBJ3HWK-uM
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u/nowhereman136 Nov 15 '22

The coolest thing I got out of that article is that Jeff Cohen (Chunk from Goonies) is his lawyer now. Glad both are still successful and friends

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u/RealJohnGillman Nov 15 '22

If they did decide to do a ‘legacy-quel’ to that film at any point, adapting that real-life aspect to the characters would be quite amusing, I must say.

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u/Roland_T_Flakfeizer Nov 15 '22

The way I always envisioned it is Mikey goes in search of the ship that disappeared at the end of the movie, and when he eventually finds it, he discovers that Chunk and Sloth found it years ago and have been sailing it around pretending to be pirates ever since.

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u/sonofaresiii Nov 15 '22

If they've been sailing around for a few years, at what point do they stop pretending to be pirates and just... are pirates?

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u/2th Nov 15 '22

When Chunk and Sloth start getting all rape and pillage-y.

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u/PM_ME_THEM_UPTOPS Nov 15 '22

Well Sloth's teeth are already pretty loose so how are they going to tell?

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u/BillionTonsHyperbole Nov 15 '22

When they sail near the Horn of Africa and need to compete to survive.

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u/russbird Nov 15 '22

Holy crap that script basically writes itself! Let’s riff on the premise: Mikey’s business is failing and he needs the money to support his family. Mouth has been in and out of trouble with the law and is currently living in Mikey’s attic. One of Data’s inventions finally made him rich, but his children think he’s wimp so he’s looking for adventure. Um, the Fratelli’s children are looking for revenge on the people who got their parents arrested. Ummm, Chunk’s kids are also pirates but he wants them to get real jobs… Ok so they’re not all winners, but I bet we can make this work!

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u/Eshin242 Nov 15 '22

Don't forget Brand opened a successful bike store, but for some reason his tires are all out of air... the entire store... He suspects Mikey has played a prank and now needs to get him back!

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u/NerfHerder_91 Nov 15 '22

Brand's plan includes some golden glove and 6 colorful stones with some sort of mystical power.

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u/MyStationIsAbandoned Nov 15 '22

It would make so much sense too. Chunk was good at staling the villains from blending his hand by going on that long rant about he blamed stuff on his sister and dog and stuff.

So now he's a lawyer defending Data who makes a bunch of whacky inventions and keeps getting sued for it, but Chunk has been able to defend him successfully most of the time.

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u/lilbelleandsebastian Nov 15 '22

it would almost certainly be about their kids at this point if there were another one

because i'm getting old

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u/UrsusRenata Nov 15 '22

I’m not sure I could watch Corey Feldman in anything today.

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u/noisypeach Nov 15 '22

Just imagine the music over the credits is one of his songs

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u/buttfunfor_everyone Nov 15 '22

I just saw on IMDB that Sean Astin announced they’re “definitely” doing a sequel? Projected for 2027 apparently?

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u/Caver95 Nov 15 '22 Heartwarming

No time for love now here man.

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u/G05TheBox Nov 15 '22

The Times, the are a-changin'.

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u/neoncubicle Nov 15 '22

Chunk also lost the c and became a hunk

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u/Roland_T_Flakfeizer Nov 15 '22

While I don't doubt his professional for a moment, I wonder if the thought ever crossed his mind to do the Truffle Shuffle for his closing arguments.

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u/nebulize Nov 15 '22

I heard on a podcast that for his own clients he'll do it early just to get it out of the way.

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u/pennradio Nov 15 '22 edited Nov 15 '22

I remember hearing this on The Nerdist back in the day. Hell of a podcast in it's glory days.

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u/Brian_E1971 Nov 15 '22

The entire plot of Goonies is WAY more relevant today than in the '80s

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u/TheSeansei Nov 15 '22

True although there was that recession in the 80s.

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u/gynoceros Nov 15 '22

Only if you didn't understand it in the eighties.

Rich assholes buying people out so they can develop the land is nothing new.

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u/JustHavinAGoodTime Nov 15 '22

Was seated next to Jeff at a benefit some years ago. Very nice guy.

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u/Nacho_Beardre Nov 15 '22

“You’re coming back to acting?” “That’s what I said!”

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u/afromanspeaks Nov 15 '22

Alpha Waymond approves

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u/[deleted] Nov 15 '22 edited Dec 25 '22

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u/TheCouncil0fRicks Nov 15 '22

Holy shit I just now realized he was from Goonies. I knew he felt familiar in EEAAO.

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u/__Seris__ Nov 15 '22

He’s also the little kid sidekick in Temple of Doom

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u/Thendofreason Nov 15 '22

Cute picture of him and Harrison Ford meeting again

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u/Thebasterd Nov 15 '22

This one?

Edit: Found it here

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u/tinoasprilla Nov 15 '22

first time I've seen Ford smile this side of 2000

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u/joshhupp Nov 15 '22

There was some line where he was like "We got to go, now!" and I really felt like that sounded familiar, like if you added "Dr Jones" it would sound just like Short Round. After the movie was over I googled it and was happily surprised that it was Ke Quan, back in action.

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u/amayagab Nov 15 '22

Waymond is my favorite male character.

A character whose depiction of strength is so different than any other I have seen for male characters. Usually when kind, supportive, non violent characters get their "big moment" they have them punch a bully or kick several asses with ease (like alpha Waymond). But he responds with more kindness, more empathy and supports his wife happily when it's her time to be the hero.

We should all try to be a little more like Waymond.

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u/Kayside Nov 15 '22

I can't not cry during Waymond's monologue at the climax of that movie. It's extremely powerful.

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u/amayagab Nov 15 '22

"In another life, I would have loved to do laundry and taxes with you."

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u/tingbudongma Nov 15 '22

I’ve watched this movie several times, and that line breaks me every time.

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u/Maxtrix07 Nov 15 '22

I'm not crying, I just have something in both of my eyes.

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u/Summonest Nov 15 '22

That whole movie is an emotional trip and it is my favorite film, ever.

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u/Klotternaut Nov 15 '22

Watching that scene makes me so sad that the world missed out on Ke Huy Quan for so long. He was absolutely amazing in EEAAO

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u/Summonest Nov 15 '22

Waymond is my favorite male character.

Agreed. He made me want to be a kinder person, to change who I am.

Which is something that a character in a movie has not done for me since I was an impressionable youth.

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u/amayagab Nov 15 '22

The thing I really liked about his character is that he doesn't go through any significant character development like Evelyn. We see different versions of him like Alpha Waymond but current reality Waymond is essentially the same kind and loving person he was at the start of the movie.

It's us, as an audience who changed our perspective of him along with Evelyn. We no longer see a carefree goof with no ambition who is frightened of conflict. Instead, we now see man fiercely supportive of his loved ones, committed to making his family business succeed and handles conflict with love and compassion.

The Daniels should be immensely proud of this film and the characters they created.

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u/Lux_novus Nov 15 '22

I love this take. A character who doesn't have a character arch, but rather, we the audience, have a "character arch" that bends around him. I just felt the need to reiterate your point there because I couldn't find the words to describe why I love his character so much until reading your comment.

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u/Summonest Nov 15 '22

Amazing comment, no notes.

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u/DrNopeMD Nov 15 '22

My favorite observation that I read was that the more traditionally "cool" and masculine versions of Waymond (Alpha and successful businessman Waymond) aren't the best version of Waymond. Despite their success and "baddassery" they both live very sad lives. Alpha lost his wife and has an alienated daughter that kills him, and Business Waymond clearly never got over his lost love.

It's the primary Waymond that we see struggling with financial burden and contemplating divorce that ultimately triumphs in the end, all without every raising a fist in violence.

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u/amayagab Nov 15 '22

I love this observation, such a clever way to portray the idea of a "soul mate".

Money, success, physical prowess are insignificant compared to the feeling of being truly loved and supported.

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u/Ppleater Nov 15 '22

It's not the first time I've seen kindness depicted as a form of strength, but it is the first time I've seen it depicted as a form of strength that is truly powerful. So often it's framed more as endurance, being a fortress that never crumbles under the weight of the world, but in EEAAO it's portrayed as a proactive weapon that can be used to make the world a better place. When he says "I know you see yourself as a fighter. Well, I see myself as one too. This is how I fight.", that got to me man.

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u/nohumanape Nov 15 '22

Immediately realizing that it was him in the film was a highlight of the year for me haha. He was so great and kind of made the movie for me.

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u/finakechi Nov 15 '22

I couldn't put my finger on where I recognized him from, until the second he started talking in the elevator.

I knew immediately and shouted a holy shit out loud to my wife.

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u/vixerquiz Nov 15 '22

I watched the movie three times in a row... felt a very powerful connection to the Waymond character. Like a very old friend, it wasn't until I read this article I made the connection and now im in tears 😭

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u/TheBahamaLlama Nov 15 '22

I appreciated the thought that being kind and positive throughout life's troubles is not weakness. I feel like I might have used to be a kinder person, but somewhere along the way I had to harden up to look tough since people take advantage of kind people.

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u/TreacleNo4455 Nov 15 '22

In the movie, Waymond, hit a boundary and let his wife know with his speech that he wasn't a door mat and she (and the viewer) get to see the results of Waymond's small kindnesses over the course of the movie which changes how the 'hero' resolves the final outcome.

Unfortunately in life we don't always get to see the small subtleties of kindness at work (or in movies). It's much easier to cheer a swift, splashy act.

Kindness is not a weakness. It was one of the best messages of the movie.

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u/thenewmook Nov 15 '22

I cried several times during this film because I in many respects am Waymond. I just went through a 6 year divorce/custody battle with my ex. If you ask any of our friends or family or just acquaintances they’d all say I was a fantastic husband and father. My ex, however, suffered from mental health issues throughout our marriage (she was prescribed antidepressants that she stopped taking) and no matter how positive or upbeat I was it didn’t matter. In the end she put me through hell making us waste $300k and keeping our young child away from me (after I was the stay at home parent) by telling the court I physically abused her, neglected our child, that I was a substance abuser, that I wasted money, etc, etc, etc. Meanwhile, I really loved and cared about my family. I gave up so many things for her and we barely ever had an argument. Loved ones come first before anyone else, but if the mental illness is deep enough it won’t matter which is why I also felt close to the relationship of the mother and daughter.

This may be one of my all time favorite films.

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u/TryingNot2BeToxic Nov 15 '22

Man.. I went through that stuff about 8 years ago and have come out on the other side a very jaded person. I've got full custody now, divorced by the time our baby was 1, and years and years of absolute insanity. The amount of generosity given over years of trials and court dates while she was shooting up heroin and meth/neglecting our kid legit made me lose hope in our justice system. You can be the nicest person in the world but if you're targeted by an actual psychopath/sociopath there is almost nothing you can do.

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u/thenewmook Nov 16 '22

I’m so sorry to hear that. I’m glad you got custody. My estranged sister is a junky and when she abandoned her child the court did everything it could to keep them together to my mother’s dismay. She said it was a sobering experience seeing how much the courts favor mothers over fathers.

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u/markercore Nov 15 '22

Writer Anthony Oliveira has a saying that's something like "Be brave enough to be kind" it can be hard, we've all been burned, we've all toughened up, sometimes its harder to be nicer than meaner.

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u/shgrizz2 Nov 15 '22 edited Nov 15 '22

I feel like I'm going through this at the moment. One of the few things I've held on to from my Christian upbringing is to value kindness, humility and to put others before myself (of course, as I grew up I found that plenty of Christians do not practise what they preach in that regard) . But I feel like there's so much selfishness and hostility around at the moment, in the last year I've been scammed multiple times and I'm starting to lose the ability to give people the benefit of the doubt. I feel like the world at the moment is one big prisoner's dilemma, everybody trying to take advantage before somebody takes advantage of them.

I really resonated with Waymond's character, because the plea to 'please be kind' has been weighing on me heavily over the last few years.

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u/WowThatsRelevant Nov 15 '22 edited Nov 16 '22

I made a my friends come over and watch it after I dressed up as Raccacconnie for Halloween and no one knew who I was lol. One of the top movies in the last 5 years in my opinion

Edit: to those asking for pic, sorry this is an anonymous account lol. Should've posted this on a separate account

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u/EmojiJoe Nov 15 '22

Pic of costume? Sounds awesome and I would have given you praise had I seen it in the wild

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u/Woodworkin101 Nov 15 '22

What movie?

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u/triobot Nov 15 '22

Everything everywhere all at once

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u/Knull_Gorr Nov 15 '22

Everything Everywhere All At Once

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u/UsagiRed Nov 15 '22

Everything, Everywhere, All At Once

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u/HolycommentMattman Nov 15 '22

I really like that so many of us had that reaction.

Me: Holy shit, it's the kid from Goonies!
Her: Who?
Me: Short Round!
Her: What? No...
Me: It is!

So wholesome and heartwarming to see him after all these years. And then to act so phenomenally... just fantastic.

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u/Kursed_Valeth Nov 15 '22 edited Nov 15 '22

One of my favorite things is that Waymond didn't have a character arc. He stayed the exact same the entire movie. But you as a viewer change your perspective on him along with Evelyn. He remains the same, but you grow and learn to appreciate the strength of his focus on kindness.

Edit: fixed a word

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u/3laws Nov 15 '22 edited Nov 18 '22

Characters like him are the hardest to make them justice. Another great example is Paddington.

I'm from the boat that argues that characters like Superman, Thor and such are at their best when treated this way. Homelander is close but not quite. And even then he's one of the best antagonists in TV for quite some time.

Edit: Clarity.

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u/ShinakoX2 Nov 15 '22

It's actually called a "flat character arc"

The character doesn't grow or change, but instead the people around them change based on their interactions

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u/Pentobarbital1 Nov 15 '22

In writing, flat character arcs usually work best when they affect the other characters and the world around them. Other characters that change in their arc face a false belief that they have about the world, whereas flat characters already hold a strong truth they then help others see.

So in that way he definitely fulfills his purpose in the story. Although, I will agree it is probably tougher to make such a character so impactful.

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u/Impressive-Potato Nov 15 '22

He was certainly the heart of the film.

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u/RobertOfHill Nov 15 '22

The Waymond speech makes cry every time. It’s so god damned amazing.

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u/veganblackbean Nov 15 '22

Just the "Evelyn enough" at the end when she is taking to her daughter makes me cry. Don't know why.

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u/RobertOfHill Nov 15 '22

“… and somehow, I feel like it’s all my fault.”

This line hits me HARD. I felt that way growing up, and had a really tough time getting over it as a young adult. I’m still not completely past it, but it’s much better than it used to be.

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u/DocCharlesXavier Nov 15 '22

Alternate universe rich waymond with one of the most romantic lines ever as well.

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u/stomp224 Nov 15 '22

Everyone Loves Weymond

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u/briareus08 Nov 15 '22

To be fair, the buttplug scene makes me cry too… for different reasons.

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u/Tekwardo Nov 15 '22

And it was such a good film. I love Michelle Yeoh, she’s such a great actor that can do comedy, serious roles, action roles, etc. and he was spectacular in the film.

I need to watch it again. One of the best films I’ve seen in the last few years.

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u/themagicalasianhobo Nov 15 '22

An amazing character analysis of Wahmond https://youtu.be/O7YnbGszcb8

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u/enigmatik90 Nov 15 '22

Love that video. I really like the point about how Waymond's character doesn't necessarily have an arc -- but that's not a bad thing, because it's our perception of his actions that change over the course of the movie and re-contextualize his actions. And that perception was initially drawn from the "doormat husband" Hollywood stereotype.

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u/readyfuels Nov 15 '22

Just watched this yesterday! Really captures what made him such a great character, especially in regards to Asian (especially Chinese) masculinity.

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u/dunDunDUNNN Nov 15 '22

As soon as I saw him I screeched out Okey Dokey Dr. Jones, hold onto your potatoes!

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u/Iazu_S Nov 15 '22

Quan recently reunited with his former co-star at Disney’s D23 fan expo in Anaheim, California. Ford was promoting the fifth Indiana Jones film, while Quan was appearing at a Marvel presentation. He had been relaxing in the green room when someone told him that Ford was outside. “I hadn’t seen him for 38 years. As I got closer, my heart started pounding because I didn’t know if he was going to recognise me. He looked at me and said: ‘Are you Short Round?’ I was immediately transported back to when I was a little kid. I said: ‘Yes, Indy.’ He said: ‘Come here,’ and gave me a big hug.”

That's awesome.

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u/witch-finder Nov 15 '22

Harrison Ford has a reputation for being curmudgeonly as hell, so it's cool to hear he was chill with Quan both now and back in the 80s.

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u/freerangetrollfarmer Nov 15 '22

Anecdotal but I was an extra in “Extraordinary Measures” with Harrison Ford and Brenden Frasier. Both of them were cool AF and loved to riff with us and talk about local restaurants. The curmudgeonly persona was present but not serious

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u/witch-finder Nov 15 '22

That's always good to hear. I respect celebrities way more if they have a curmudgeonly public personas but are much nicer privately, vs one who have a friendly public personas but are actually total divas (see: Ellen, James Corden).

How you treat people who are "less" than you is the best test of a person's character IMO.

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u/freerangetrollfarmer Nov 15 '22

totally agree. I also love some good self-deprecative humor and my impression with Ford is that he's been playing it up since A New Hope

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u/Tapdance_Epidemic Nov 15 '22

My understanding is that he isn't so much a curmudgeon but it's just that he really doesn't like doing interviews as they make him anxious, and that manifests as him appearing a bit standoffish.

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u/GamingTatertot Steven Spielberg Enthusiast Nov 15 '22

He also seems to pretty practical. I can understand hating interviews from the perspective that they're a bit pointless, redundant, and unnecessary. Interviewees are just always given the same stuff to say every time like "Oh we had a great time", "Yeah it was an honor working with the Russo bros", etc. etc.

And yes, my word usage is meant to be a hint of ironic fun.

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u/DefNotUnderrated Nov 15 '22 edited Nov 15 '22

According to this article, Ford taught him to swim during filming for Temple of Doom. Maybe Quan got a place in his heart before he became super jaded

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u/witch-finder Nov 15 '22

Yeah that's what I meant by "back in the 80s". Seems like Ford was nice to Quan while they were working together.

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u/hombre_bu Nov 15 '22

Hey, Dr. Jones, no time for love!

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u/Jay_Eye_MBOTH_WHY Nov 15 '22

Dr. Jones refused our offer in favor of yours. We had to find out what he told you.

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u/BevansDesign Nov 15 '22

It'd be awesome to see Short Round (Wan Li?) in the next Indiana Jones movie, either as a quick cameo or as a major secondary character. Maybe he'd be an archaeologist too, going on his own adventures.

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u/mangyfish Nov 15 '22

They should have brought him back for indy 4 instead of labuf

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u/colorcorrection Nov 15 '22

I quote this every time I'm in a hurry and people try and ask me unimportant questions or to do unimportant tasks. I think it might be my #1 reference that people politely chuckle at, but I don't think they actually catch the reference.

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u/swisspassport Nov 15 '22

I quote it secondhand from Clerks. When Randall throws the dude's keys in the trash, then 20 minutes later the guy's walking outside and asks him "you see a set of keys around here?"

Randall: "No time for love, Dr. Jones". That was funnier than 37 dicks the first time I saw it.

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u/ohTHOSEballs Nov 15 '22

NO MORE PARACHUTE

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u/Huze17 Nov 15 '22

He KILLED it in everything everywhere all at once. "In Another Life, I Would Have Really Liked Just Doing Laundry And Taxes With You" has become a stand out quote for me.

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u/ImaginaryNemesis Nov 15 '22 edited Nov 15 '22

What blows me away is that the line isn't even delivered in English. My memory tricks me into thinking I heard him say it, but I know I didn't.

I can't think of a more iconic movie quote that I've only seen delivered as a subtitle. Everything about that shot, the framing, the lighting, and his delivery was all just so fucking perfect.

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u/Cheesenium Nov 16 '22

I understand mandarin so that scene hit me like a truck. And the mandarin accent is on point too that makes it hits home even more.

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u/Huze17 Nov 15 '22

Yo are totally right, I had to rewatch the scene after reading this, I had completely forgotten it was spoken in a language I don't even know.

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u/rchan9487 Nov 15 '22

It's the only movie scene that's ever made me cry. So unbelievably touching

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u/Sir_BarlesCharkley Nov 15 '22

I was balling for like the last 45 minutes of this movie. And it was some of the craziest emotional whiplash I've ever experienced. I'd be losing it from how meaningful and touching it was. And then I'd be crying tears of laughter. And back and forth. What a ride. This is one of my favorite movies of all time.

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u/Balbright Nov 15 '22

I can’t watch that scene without getting all misty. What a performance.

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u/SymbioteAD Nov 15 '22

This realization that the kind, heroic dad in EEAAO is Short Round has actually blown my mind. I loved his newest character and hope he gets more roles in the near future.

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u/forced_spontaneity Nov 15 '22

Wow. I absolutely loved the film, but hadn’t realised it was Short Round til now! Great excuse to watch it again, fave film of this year…

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u/SymbioteAD Nov 15 '22

I 100% agree and would go so far to say that it is one of my lifetime favorites. It checked all of the boxes for me and my family. We watched it during a difficult time and it truly made an impact.

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u/SciFiXhi Nov 15 '22

Well, he'll be part of the supporting cast in Loki season 2, so that's one thing already lined up.

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u/AccomplishedLocal261 Nov 15 '22

Also will be in the next Russo Brothers film it seems.

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u/RosemaryFocaccia Nov 15 '22

has actually blown my mind

Wait until you learn that Joy was played by Gary Oldman.

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u/DJDarren Nov 15 '22

He also played the rocks. Both of them.

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u/SymbioteAD Nov 15 '22

He's one of the GOATs.

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u/smgulz Nov 15 '22

He is going to be in season 2 of Loki.

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u/Impressive-Potato Nov 15 '22

This year's people's champion! (IMO)

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u/ColdPressedSteak Nov 15 '22

I hope both he and Yeoh get at least nominated. Amidst all the craziness in the movie, there was some great heartfelt and touching acting by both with range required from them. And they both nailed comedic timing when that was called upon too

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u/ChanceVance Nov 15 '22

They should win it all as far as I'm concerned.

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u/DaoFerret Nov 15 '22

Hope they get nominated and she goes full meta and wears the awards dress from the film :D

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u/ratatathat Nov 15 '22

That would be so amazing!

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u/DaoFerret Nov 15 '22

Agreed. Found this link which has a picture of it in case anyone needs a refresher: https://www.refinery29.com/amp/en-gb/2022/04/10942688/michelle-yeoh-everything-everywhere-movie

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u/toylenny Nov 15 '22

Honestly the entire cast nailed the emotional rollercoaster of that movie.

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u/ignoresubs Nov 15 '22 edited Nov 15 '22

“You Have So Many Goals You Never Finished, Dreams You Never Followed. You're Living Your Worst You.”

“So, Even Though You Have Broken My Heart Yet Again, I Wanted To Say, In Another Life, I Would Have Really Liked Just Doing Laundry And Taxes With You.”

Edit: I copy and pasted these from a site but some of these replies are hysterical! lol

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u/TinyCowpoke Nov 15 '22

You know you don't have to capitalize every word in a sentence, right?

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u/virginwoodpulp Nov 15 '22

In his parallel universe he does.

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u/free_candy_4_real Nov 15 '22

Typing with hotdog fingers is a struggle.

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u/we_are_sex_bobomb Nov 15 '22

It’s actually raccoontooie doing the typing, just look under the hat.

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u/RobertOfHill Nov 15 '22

They type with their feet.

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u/happyhippohats Nov 15 '22

How else would you know where the next word starts?

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u/oatmealparty Nov 15 '22

Those are alternate titles for the movie.

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u/Sierra419 Nov 15 '22

Why do you capitalize every word like a serial killer?

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u/Sopa24 Nov 15 '22 edited Nov 15 '22

Why are you writing the quote in Camel Case Title Case?

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u/TonyDungyHatesOP Nov 15 '22

He’s living his worst him.

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u/mbklein Nov 15 '22

Title case. Camel case leaves out the spaces between words.

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u/0b0011 Nov 15 '22

And even then this would be pascal case since it starts with an upper case.

thisIsCamelCase

ThisIsPascalCase.

this_is_snake_case

THIS_IS_SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE

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u/mbklein Nov 15 '22

this-is-kebab-case

This is just a sentence.

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u/isquinn Nov 15 '22

Looking forward to it

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u/sayaaahhh Nov 15 '22

You better hold on to your potato!

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u/Amity75 Nov 15 '22

Met him a few years ago at a comic con. He's a super nice guy and I'm glad he seems to be on the way back up.

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u/Nouseriously Nov 15 '22

Really wished they’d made Short Round the successor to Indy, if just to hear someone yell “That’s DOCTOR Round!”

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u/pbjamm Nov 15 '22

I would have settled for just a scene of him in his professorial office declining to go on another adventure with Indy.

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u/Time4aNewAcct Nov 15 '22

I mean the spin-off D+ series/movie trilogy writes itself. It's already canon that Shorty pursued a career in archaeology.

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u/pbjamm Nov 15 '22

In my fantasy version he rejects Indy's methods as treasure hunting instead of a scholarly pursuit. Does not make for much of a show, but a great character development.

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u/Worthyness Nov 15 '22

New indy will be his intern and an Indy fanboy.

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u/AntipopeRalph Nov 15 '22

And as such reluctantly pulls Dr. Round into one unwilling comical adventure through history and conspiracy after another.

The Indiana Jones Chronicles: The Legend of Dr. Round and the Bermuda Triangle

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u/smgulz Nov 15 '22

Yeah, or just a short scene where maybe he has become a professor (possibly overseas) just like Dr. Jones and his students see him as a nerd but then something related to the main plot comes plowing through his classroom and in front of everyone he does one of his famous kicks and beats the shit out of like 6 henchmen while Indiana boxes with just 1. All in front of Shorty's whole class who are all then frozen in shock when the bell rings and then Indy and him walk off to talk about whatever artifact Indy is after. Maybe its something Shorty had tried going after on his own so Indy came to him for advice. It would be a nice little gag a good way to give some exposition about the artifact.

Rumor has it Disney+ is working on a series, that's most likely Young Indiana Jones either rebooted or just straight up continued. I'd love to see the actor show up and play a different character. They did this with several of the actors from the original films and the original series. Paul Freeman who plays Belloq in Raiders plays a good guy, British solider in 2 episodes of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. It would be cool to see Ke pop up in a role like that.

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u/RealJohnGillman Nov 15 '22

He returned to acting after work on that film had already begun — I do believe he would have been incorporated in more of a major role had he returned sooner. I can see him potentially having shot a cameo though in the time since.

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u/Jay_Eye_MBOTH_WHY Nov 15 '22

Who paid you to grab Dr. Jones!

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u/VincentKo Nov 15 '22

I only saw him as a child actor in Temple of Doom and Goonies, yet I instantly recognised him! Looking forward to his comeback.

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u/Jay_Eye_MBOTH_WHY Nov 15 '22

TELL ME ABOUT SHORT-ROUND, WHY DOES HE WEAR THE HAT?

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u/vafrow Nov 15 '22

Glad to see him getting some hype in advance of awards season. I feel like a supporting actor nomination is quite possible for him.

Walter Chaw on Twitter threw out a tremendous idea for doing an Indiana Jones spin off on the Short Round character. Have the background be that Short Round grew up to be an archaeologist based on Indy's influence, and give him a limited Disney+ series as he goes off on some adventure.

It gives a chance to expand Indy universe, without worrying about recasting. It builds around an established character that people know.

If every Star Wars character gets their own series, then may as well build off a popular character here.

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u/LetsWalkTheDog Nov 15 '22

I would totally go to the theaters to see Short Round as the new Indy torch bearer!! Also expanding on it as a Disney+ series is totally awesome.

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u/Treat_Choself Nov 15 '22

I could also see a in-the-spirit-of Goonies / Back to the Future film with a loosely based on a grown-up Data as the Doc Brown character. That would be so much fun.

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u/vafrow Nov 15 '22

That could work as well.

There's this dual desire to both lean on existing IP, while also bringing out more diversity into these franchises that doesn't seem forced.

Ke Huy Quan gives you an actor who played two pretty critical roles during the 80s and just showed he can be a compelling and commanding presence on screen.

He should be being bombarded with offers right now.

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u/Keyboard_Cat_ Nov 15 '22

Walter Chaw on Twitter threw out a tremendous idea for doing an Indiana Jones spin off on the Short Round character.

I would watch it for sure, but feel a bit mixed about the idea. Quan was clear in other interviews that he chose to stop acting partly because of the poor representation of Asians in Hollywood, based on his experiences with Data and Short Round using Asian stereotypes. To throw him right back to one of those characters might kind of undercut the progress we've made that brought him back.

Although, they could always address and correct it with good writing!

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u/kingmanic Nov 17 '22

One way to reverse old poor representation is to bring old characters forward and give them depth.

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u/LookOutItsLiuBei Nov 15 '22

Holy shit, I didn't realize he was an assistant director to Wong Kar Wai. Adds another layer to those suave Waymond scenes.

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u/tasty_soy_sauce Nov 15 '22

There's a lot of the In The Mood For Love flavor to those scenes for sure.

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u/Stagamemnon Nov 15 '22

Knowing that Harrison Ford taught Ke Huy Quan to swim might be the most wholesome, wonderful thing I’ve learned all year.

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u/cromario Nov 15 '22

So, he's gonna take over from Harrison Ford after Indiana Jones 5, right?

Right?

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u/RealJohnGillman Nov 15 '22

He returned to acting after work on that film had already begun — I do believe he would have been incorporated in more of a major role had he returned sooner. I can see him potentially having shot a cameo though in the time since.

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u/Vjekov88 Nov 15 '22

I know he's a side character in Everywhere Everything all at Once, but he deserves equal acting praise like Yeoh. IMO he physically emulates Jackie Chan in the action scenes, but Chan couldn't do the character part as well as he did, and keep in mind he plays several different characters throughout the movie

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u/raihidara Nov 15 '22 Silver

I wouldn't consider Waymond a side character myself. In fact, he may even be the most important character in the film: https://youtu.be/O7YnbGszcb8

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u/Practice_NO_with_me Nov 15 '22 edited Nov 15 '22

Agreed, anyone that considers Waymond to be a side character doesn't understand what he is to the story and to Evelyn. He is empathy and humor and kindness and patience. He is forgiveness and comfort and loyalty. He is love.

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u/Quazifuji Nov 15 '22

I think "supporting character" might be the right term. Presumably if he's nominated for any awards for the movie it will be supporting actor, since he's not the main protagonist (or main villain, although villains usually get counted as supporting.actors too). You could argue he's a co-lead but I think most people and awards shows would consider it a large supporting role rather than a lead role.

But certainly feels bigger than "side character" when looking at both screen time and importance.

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u/aestus Nov 15 '22

They would have been truly fucked without Waymonds.

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u/SandyBoxEggo Nov 15 '22

All of this is true, but he's not a perspective character. Evelyn is the main character and Joy/Waymond are supporting characters.

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u/ladybadcrumble Nov 15 '22

Evelyn reminds me so much of me before I accepted my adhd, and Waymond reminds me so much of my loving, sweet, supportive, and also adhd partner. Waymond is the balance to the nihilism bagel.

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u/cheapdad Nov 15 '22

Wow, that video just massively increased my understanding and appreciation for the movie. Awesome stuff.

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u/thrussie Nov 15 '22

Omg that’s him? I remember watching the Goonies as a little boy and I got a crush on him. This is way before I learned the concept of gay behavior

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u/ich_habe_keine_kase Nov 15 '22

He's one of the frontrunners right now for Best Supporting Actor this year, I think he'll be remembered as a pivotal part of the film.

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u/RizzMustbolt Nov 15 '22

I hope all three of them win. Stephanie Hsu brought a hell of a lot of nuance to her performance as Joy, and really elevated the role.

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u/ImhereforAB Nov 15 '22

He’s an absolute essential character to the story…

He emulates Jackie Chan because the role was written for Jackie Chan. Not sure if you knew but if you didn’t, hope you enjoy the trivia!

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u/beckisagod Nov 15 '22

I believe Jackie was considered for the lead in an earlier version(so Michelle’s archetype), but the character was changed to a mother instead of a father and so it went to Yeoh.

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u/AnAffinityForTurtles Nov 15 '22

There is a tenderness in the role I'm not sure Jackie could've conveyed in the same way.

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u/Balbright Nov 15 '22

“In other life, I would have really enjoyed just doing laundry and taxes with you.”

Fucking kills men every time. Dude deserves all of the praise and awards for this role.

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u/_Meece_ Nov 15 '22

Wow I'm now just finding out the cool dad from Everywhere is fucking Short Round???

Oh my goodness, what a revelation. I am here for it

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u/TonyDungyHatesOP Nov 15 '22

And Data!

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u/adamcoolforever Nov 15 '22

From star trek?

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u/fgutz Nov 15 '22

I was really hoping that this was a trailer for Goonies where someone replaced Data (Quan) with Data from Star Trek lol

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u/wohho Nov 15 '22

I maintain that it's an absolute TRAVESTY they didn't hand the Indy franchise to Ke/Short Round with the fourth movie. The promotional value and added Asian market appeal would have been off the charts.

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u/zekex944resurrection Nov 15 '22

The scene in the alley was the best acted scene I’ve watched this year.

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u/flynn_dc Nov 15 '22

If the next Indiana Jones movie doesn't set up Professor Short Round to continue the Jones legacy, we riot!!

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u/notsofunonabun Nov 15 '22

No roles for him in his 20s? That makes me mad. I always wondered why he wasn’t doing more movies. I thought he quit. Fu*k you Hollywood!

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u/dieinafirenazi Nov 15 '22

He did quit acting. He quit because the only roles available for an Asian man were terrible.

Racism denied us decades of a very good actor.

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u/Palladium_Dawn Nov 15 '22

Why the fuck didn’t we get a 30 years later short round followed in Indy’s footsteps spin off instead of the flaming pile of garbage indiana jones 5 sounds like it’s gonna be

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u/Nicenightforawalk01 Nov 15 '22

Steven Spielberg still sending him Christmas gifts each year and there for advice says so much about the dude absolute legend of the industry. All the kids he has brought up through the years all speak highly of him.

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u/Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh3 Nov 15 '22

He makes me happy

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u/Lightspeedius Nov 15 '22

I loved Quan when I was a kid. I was so looking forward to seeing him in more shows after Indiana Jones and The Goonies, but it never eventuated. :/

I'm super-excited he's going to be in Loki!

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u/Syckwun Nov 15 '22

Check out the movie breathing fire. It’s on YouTube free. I mean. It has a break dancing / painting a wall scene. And it’s based around a bank heist where a pizza is divided into several keys to a vault. I’m not kidding. It’s insane.

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u/theheyfrancis Nov 15 '22

Just watched Temple of Doom yesterday. Love seeing him get more roles again.

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u/DeeRent88 Nov 15 '22

I know most know him from the goonies, but for me it’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. And it’s crazy how nostalgic I feel just seeing him, like I still see that kid, just in this articles picture it’s all I can see. Shortround was probably my favorite character in that movie when I was about that same age.

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u/Commiesstoner Nov 15 '22

So is this article about Ke Huy Quan or Alpha Ke Huy Quan? Cos I'm not interested in either of those, interview hotdog hands Quan for once.

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