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As an actor, Ken Jeong is most well-known for his roles in comedic movies such as The Hangover franchise, Pineapple Express and Role Models as well as television show Community. His work in comedy continues with his latest role in Crazy Rich Asians as Goh Wye Mun. Crazy Rich Asians has been a huge success from a both a financial and critical perspective and, in an interview with Variety, Ken Jeong discussed the film as well as Hollywood.
Here is what Ken Jeong had to say about how he became a part of the movie:
“It just kind of came together organically. I was pleasantly surprised to see how loose Jon was. He was very trusting of me and Awkwafina to shape the scene, as long as we told the story. The whole point was to establish the Goh family in a bit of a contrast to the Young family, which is, we have this new money versus old money.”
“Although the Goh family is very eccentric, Wye Mun Goh is a very loving father. So I was able to utilize my best, the stuff I do best which is over-the-top comedic acting with a layer of humanity. It was a little bit of Mr. Chow, it was also a little bit of Dr. Ken.”
As I stated earlier, Hollywood was also a point of discussion and here is what Ken Jeong had to say when it came to a stereotype in Hollywood that he wishes would go away:
“I think it’s changing already. A lot of people say that this is the first Hollywood movie in 25 years, where has it been? Well, you know what? It’s been on ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ for five years.”
“In the age of streaming where there’s a continuum between TV and film, right now I look at this as a continuum of four amazing years of ‘Fresh Off the Boat.’ I think that helped ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ get made. ‘Fresh off the Boat’ helped me have my own show for two years, 44 episodes.”
“I feel it’s a movement that has been continuing. And it’s not just out of nowhere, it doesn’t work that way.”
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