Shorty from «Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom» is back His cinema comeback is so crazy and outstanding

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It’s a cinema comeback! If you’ve been watching the crazy multiverse film Everything Everywhere All At Once by directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (aka «The Daniels») in cinemas since this weekend, you might be wondering who the man opposite Michelle Yeoh is is, who inspires with so much charisma, comedy and action talent. He’s an actor who starred in two of Steven Spielberg’s big adventure hits in the mid-’80s: Ke Huy Quan , formerly known as Jonathan Ke Quan.

In 1985’s » Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom «, Quan as Short Round, aka Shorty, was the tough, loved by some, but annoying by some, sidekick of Harrison Ford’s Indy. And in The Goonies , conceived and produced by Spielberg and then directed by Richard Donner, a year later, as a James Bond fan and tinkerer Data, he was a key member of the children’s gang at the heart of the story. After that, Ke Huy Quan, who was born in Vietnam in 1971, was expelled from his homeland in 1978 and then fled to the USA with his family in 1979, may have completely disappeared from the scene for many. He was hardly ever seen here in Germany. So what has the Shorty actor been up to all these years?

Ke Huy Quan: sitcom actor and martial artist

After the breakthrough with the two adventure classics, Quan took on a few more roles in films from Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong over the years. He also retained a small presence in the United States, having regular roles in the short-lived sitcoms Together We Stand (1986) and Head Of The Class (1991). But these are unknown in Germany. He was also seen in a 1991 episode of the horror series Tales from the Crypt .

One or the other German film fan may also have him in a mini-role in the comedy » Steinzeit Junior » from 1992 or in the hard martial arts action hit » Bloodbrother — The Fighter, the Winner » , which has long been indicated in this country. seen from 1991.

Lucasfilm Still his most famous role: Ke Huy Quan as Short Round.

In «Bloodbrother» it is very easy to see which martial arts skills Ke Huy Quan possesses. By the way, fighting became his hobby on the set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. There he had to learn a little martial arts for his role and trained under the legendary stuntman Philip Tan (including «Batman», «Inception»), the father of «Mortal Kombat» star Lewis Tan . This fascinated him so much that he continued the training privately. He also used the knowledge he acquired behind the camera. For a number of years he was part of action specialist Corey Yuen ‘s permanent stunt team and was involved in “ X-Men ” (2000), the Jet Li actioner “ The One’ (2001) and some Hong Kong films.

Frustrated by Hollywood: quit acting and work for a director legend

But in front of the camera he made himself rare. In 2002 he was in front of the camera for the last time in the Hong Kong film «Second Time Around» produced by Johnnie To . After that he finally gave up acting. He was frustrated by the fact that as an actor of Asian descent in Hollywood there were almost no roles, or only the same cliché roles.

Instead, he worked for the legendary Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai for a few years , assisting him on “ 2046 ” (2004) and other projects, before eventually returning to the United States. There he is now making his screen comeback – thanks to coincidence and a cinema hit.

How ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ reignited a passion for acting

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«>Entertainment Weekly magazine , it was the surprising mega-success of the romantic comedy “ Crazy Rich Asians ” in 2018 that rekindled his passion for acting. The film, which was cast exclusively with actors of Asian origin, was «pioneering» for him. He made it clear to him what he wanted to do in the future, so he returned to acting.

He returned to the screen for the Netflix film Adventure ‘Ohana , due out in early 2021, albeit in a role that’s primarily a The Goonies homage. He himself described the small part as a «warm-up» for his real comeback, which now takes place in the aforementioned » Everything Everywhere All At Once «. According to his own statement, the fact that he got this role (before the Netflix engagement, by the way) was also due to chance.

Leonine Ke Huy Quan in «Everything Everywhere All At Once»

Because just at the time when Ke Huy Quan called an old friend to ask him to represent him as acting agent, the two directors were looking for their male lead and faced a difficulty:

Everything Everywhere All At Once is a multiverse film. They therefore needed an actor who could play multiple versions of the same character: the character Waymond is a very gentle, peaceful husband in one universe, a true martial artist in another, and a romantic dream man in another. In addition to the necessary requirement of mastering martial arts and comedy, the actor should also be able to speak several languages.

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