Despite the years — and the mileage — true associates will at all times acknowledge one another. That’s what occurred on the D23 Expo in September when Ke Huy Quan ran into his childhood hero, Harrison Ford, for the primary time since they shared a wild journey collectively as Short Round and Indiana Jones, respectively, in 1984’s blockbuster sequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. And the previous baby star’s heartfelt Instagram publish revealing their 38-years-in-the-making reunion instantly went viral. “I love you Indy,” Quan wrote, a Temple of Doom callback quote that ripped followers’ coronary heart out of their chests… OK, not actually.
Asked in regards to the Indy-Short Round reunion throughout an interview about his upcoming Paramount+ collection, 1923, Ford reveals to Yahoo Entertainment that the sensation was mutual. “It was great,” the as soon as — and future — Indiana Jones says of his meet-up together with his former child sidekick. “He’s all grown up!”
As Quan advised The New York Times in October, the truth that he’s all grown up now initially made him involved that Ford would not have the ability to place his face all these years later. “We’re in this greenroom [at D23] … and the person who was assigned to assist me said, ‘Harrison Ford is right outside the greenroom. Would you want to go say hi?’ So I walk out and see him about 15 feet away….And as I walk closer, I’m thinking, ‘Is he gonna recognize me? The last time he saw me, I was a little kid.'”
It seems that Quan had no trigger for concern. “He looks and points at me and says, ‘Are you Short Round?'” he stated of the 80-year-old icon’s response to seeing him. “Immediately I was transported back to 1984, when I was a little kid, and I said, ‘Yes, Indy.’ And he said, ‘Come here,’ and gave me a big hug.”
Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment earlier this 12 months, Quan remembered the blissful instances he shared with Ford on the Temple of Doom set. “He’s one of the generous actors I’ve ever met,” Quan recalled. “And because it was my first time [acting], he was constantly behind the camera helping Steven get that performance out of me.”
According to Quan, Ford’s helped him grasp life expertise past performing. “When we were in Sri Lanka, we all stayed in the same hotel and every time we wrapped for the day, I would go swimming. I didn’t know how to swim before, and it was actually Harrison Ford who taught me! To this day, I thank him for that.”
Asked if he remembers performing as Quan’s swimming trainer whereas in Sri Lanka, Ford smiles and nods. “I have a lot of warm memories working with him.”
Besides Temple of Doom, Quan additionally starred within the ’80s favourite The Goonies earlier than he stepped away from performing because of the lack of alternatives for Asian actors within the American movie business on the time. “I remember reading a lot of scripts where the Asian character either didn’t even have a name, or if they did, they would have two or three lines,” the Vietnamese-born actor stated of these irritating years, which prompted him to move behind the digital camera. For the subsequent twenty years, Quan took on numerous crew roles — together with stunt coordinator and assistant director — for each Hollywood and Hong Kong productions, together with the 2001 Jet Li motion automobile The One and Wong Kar-wai’s acclaimed 2004 drama, 2046.
But this 12 months, Quan lastly returned to the massive display in a giant means alongside Michelle Yeoh and Stephanie Hsu within the out of the field indie hit, Everything Everywhere All At Once. Released in March, the A24-released film blew up on the field workplace, grossing over $100 million worldwide and placing all three stars within the awards race. In truth, Quan simply scored a Best Supporting Performance trophy on the Gotham Awards, and is anticipated to be a number one contender for the Oscar as nicely.
But Quan would possibly contemplate his largest award to be this admiring evaluation from his pal, Dr. Jones. “It’s a lovely movie,” Ford says of Everything Everywhere All At Once. “It was fun to see him, and see his performance in the film.”
1923 premieres Dec. 18 on Paramount+