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Goonies Cast Pays Tribute to Ke Huy Quan at Unforgettable Gala
How the American Born Chinese TV series translates the classic graphic novel to screen
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Goonies Cast Pays Tribute to Ke Huy Quan at Unforgettable Gala — Everything Everywhere All at Once took home several awards at the evening, which celebrates AAPI performers.
Ke Huy Quan from Everything Everywhere All at Once was a big winner at the 20th annual Unforgettable Gala on Saturday evening in Beverly Hills. The yearly awards show honors Asian Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and culture. Quan won the best-actor-in-film award for his emotional and action-packed performance as a kind father and husband who ultimately is the heart of Everything Everywhere All at Once. He already has received accolades from the Gotham Awards and the New York Film Critics Circle, and has earned nominations for the Golden Globes and the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
“This is a really special night for me. To be recognized by the AAPI community means the world to me,” Quan told Vanity Fair on the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “For the longest time I wanted a night like this for the AAPI community, to celebrate each other. Honestly, I wouldn’t be here without all of the amazing talent in our community. They have shown me through their own success that there was a way back for me to acting. They are the ones that gave me the courage to dream again, so it means the world to me to be here.”
Nearly four decades ago, Quan became famous for his iconic roles in 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as Short Round, and as Data, the gadgeteer, in the 1985 film The Goonies. But, in the 1990s, he was forced to step away from acting when roles were rare for Asian American actors. He went back to school to study film at the University of Southern California and transitioned into working behind the camera and as a stunt coordinator. After spending much of his adult life away from acting, he got a second chance when he landed his role in Everything Everywhere All at Once. After roughly 20 years out of the spotlight, he’s back and being celebrated for giving one of the best performances of the year.
How the American Born Chinese TV series translates the classic graphic novel to screen — Author Gene Luen Yang, show creator Kelvin Yu, and star Ben Wang talk about working with Michelle Yeoh and bringing the Asian-American experience to screen.
American Born Chinese is a certified classic graphic novel. A beautifully told story about growing up as the child of immigrants and learning how to fit in America, it is often taught in schools and held up as an example of the artistic heights that comics can reach. Now it's becoming a TV show — and no one is more surprised about that than author Gene Luen Yang.
"I'm stunned that people are still reading it," Yang tells EW. "I was actually just in Boston a month ago talking about this book, and in a lot of ways I feel very fortunate for the support that I get from teachers, librarians, and comic book fans. I did not expect this when I first did that book. With the show specifically, I think one of the challenging parts, but it's also one of the most meaningful parts of the show, is thinking through how the conversation about Asian America has changed from the publication of the book until now?"
Kelvin Yu, the creator of the American Born Chinese series, has a succinct description of what makes Yang's work (which also includes graphic novels like Dragon Hoops and Superman Smashes the Klan) so rich and long-lasting.
"I think Gene's tone, if you read any of his graphic novels, has this great combination of heart, humor and I guess I'll call it medicine," Yu says. "It's like there's something nutritious about what he's saying, and yet it goes down so well and it doesn't take itself too seriously. That just checks every box for me as a TV writer."
Michelle Yeoh calls co-star and friend Jackie Chan a ‘male chauvinistic pig’ in resurfaced 1997 interview — David Letterman asked Yeoh during the interview whether Chan was the reason Yeoh got into the action genre
An old interview of Malaysian actor Michelle Yeoh has gone viral due to her comments about Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan.
In an interview on “Late Night with David Letterman” in 1997, Yeoh discussed her role in the James Bond spy film “Tomorrow Never Dies” a few days after it premiered.
Letterman asked Yeoh during the interview whether Chan was the reason she got into the action genre.
🎬 Industry Insider
Netflix's Blockbuster series canceled after 1 season (Entertainment Weekly)
Sundance Sets Official AAPI House With Daniel Dae Kim, Gold House and The Asian American Foundation (The Hollywood Reporter)
John Cho & Katherine Waterston To Star In Sony-Blumhouse’s ‘They Listen’, Horror Pic To Hit Cinemas Late Summer (Deadline)
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