Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom star Ke Huy Quan returns to the big screen after two decades away from the spotlight.
The 51-year-old took a 20-year hiatus from Hollywood after several years of hit blockbusters.
Born in Vietnam, he rose to fame as a child actor with key roles in projects such as the 1984 Harrison Ford adventure film and 1985’s The Goonies.
“I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be an actor,” he said. “But I fell in love with him,” he added, adding that Indiana Jones in particular “changed my life and that of my entire family.”
Quan first thought he would have a thriving and “amazing” career after filming The Goonies. He did, however, land small roles in television and film, particularly ones that seemed stereotypical for the Asian-American community.
“It was tough,” he remarked. “I’ve been waiting for the phone to ring, and it rarely has.” In 2002, he made the “very difficult decision” to leave Tinseltown for the time being.
Deciding to focus on his education, he graduated from the University of Southern California film school and worked behind the scenes as an assistant director and stunt coordinator.
In 2018, he saw Crazy Rich Asians and felt motivated to get back into acting.
“I was happy working behind the camera, but I had serious FOMO,” Quan explained. “I wanted to be up there with my fellow Asian actors!”
In “Everything Everywhere at Once” Quan shows three different versions his character Waymond Wang, a caring husband who tries to help his wife – played by “Crazy Rich Asians” star Michelle Yeoh – save the world as they encounter various alternate universes.
When Quan read the script, “he thought it was written for me because they are me,” he told People.
“I understood every single one of them. I don’t think I could have played Waymond if you gave me the part 10, 15 years ago. When I look back on my life, all the ups and downs, I’ve reached deep to put my whole life into these three different characters,” he said.
“For many, many years, people only recognized me as a kid [actor] because that was pretty much the last time they saw me on screen,” he continued. “I hope when people see me now they’ll be like, ‘Oh my God! Waymond from Everything Everywhere All at Once – and you were also in Indiana Jones [and] “Goonies”‘!”
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