Long time readers will know that this blog has pretty much been, in many posts, a shrine dedicated to the life and career of the greatest thespian to ever graduate from the University of California, Berkeley. You can read more of the love here. But this post isn’t about how great John Cho is, it is strictly focused on how BUSY he is. First he gets picked up on NBC’s new Matthew Perry comedy created by some Friends producers. Here’s a spoiler: He’s Matthew Perry’s boss. And the young Chris Rock kid from Everybody Hates Chris is in it.
Oh wait, there’s more? John Cho is also in a new Jason Bateman film called Identity Thief, along with Melissa McCarthy, my-ex-wife Amanda Peet and my future wife Genesis Rodriguez.
And of course there’s the Total Recall remake where John Cho plays the guy that hooks Colin Farrell up with a mind-meld trip to Mars. He stars along another ex of mine, the always beautiful (and 1/4 Burmese) Kate Beckinsale.
OH WAIT THERE’S MORE? Yes, an animated Harold and Kumar series on Adult Swim voiced by the great John Cho and my favorite mid-level staff member of the Obama Cabinet, Kal Penn. The untitled series will most likely be the same as the movies and be equally as awesome. Readers, tell me again what other cartoons on tv right now have Indian and Korean characters on screen and tell me how many of them are treated as regular red-blooded Americans with no accents and no jobs at a quickie mart.
AND OF COURSE THERE’S A LITTLE INDIE PROJECT CALLED STAR TREK. J.J. Abrams and co are shooting it right now. May 17, 2013. Mark your calendars, dry clean your uniform, polish your pips, and wait in line starting now.
Tonight! Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), a nonprofit diversity org whose mission is to advance diversity and cross-cultural awareness in entertainment, will be holding its glamorous, star-studded 2010 Soiree in Los Angeles.
With celebs like Amy Hill, Carrie Ann Inaba, Aaron Yoo, Ken Jeong (honoree), and many more folks you’ve probably slobbered over on google images and wished you were half as witty and attractive as.
And — GET THIS! — there will be not one, but TWO SULUS at the Soiree! That’s right, John Cho AND the legendary George Takei will be there. How is so much awesomeness possible?! Will a wrinkle in time form or a wormhole or some shit if they’re in a room at the same time?!? Go find out for yourself, and get ready to get your tractor beams blown. More info here.
6:30 to 11 pm
214 S. Main St, Los Angeles
$75-95; tickets here
As if AZN needed more Star Wars gear in his closet, Adidas decides to do a collabo with Star Wars. There’s a line of shoes inspired by AT-AT’s, Yoda, Stormtroopers and Darth Vader. Apparel to match as well. Sneaka freaks and Star Wars geeks alike, check out all the picts at sneakerfreaks.com. Thanks ePanda!
This really is strange. No joke, but I, for some strange reason, always had this idea for a movie starring Joseph Fiennes as a British Secret Service agent being sent to Hong Kong and working with Chow Yun Fat during the 1997 turnover. It was going to be a serious action movie. So when I heard from JipShady, esq that John Cho was going to be in a new show, I went damn. And when I found out it was a cop show opposite Joseph Fiennes, I shat in my pants.
And when I found out Gabrielle Union was going to play John Cho’s love interest in the show?
Are you kidding me? I needed adult diapers. AND I need to complete that long unfinished blog post I’ve had in my head about Asian guys and African American chicks…
At home on an inordinately gloomy and rainy New York Sunday? Order some delivery food, open a bottle of wine, go to Hulu.com and check out Sandra Oh playing a single mom raising a daughter who’s getting into Chinese magical luck charms in what appears to be a Chinese Canadian community in Vancouver, B.C:
Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity
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Oh, you want something lighthearted and doesn’t involve working class Chinese folks played by the “oh no you didn’t just pour soy sauce on my ish” lady from Joy Luck Club or the creepy Chinese dude with way too much botox and hair plugs from Alias, Kiss of the Dragon, and the Corruptor? Then see John Cho as Teddy Wong, the Chinese seafood specialist, in 10 episodes of the short lived comedy: Kitchen Confidential.
Both the movie (Sandra Oh works at a dim sum joint) and the show (John Cho gets lured to work in a new restaurant because he’s offered visas for all his chinese chefs) have their faults. But they have their moments.
You ever look up a famous Asian American actor or actress on IMDB.com? They always went to college. Always. It’s like their parents all made a deal with them in high school:
What? You want to acting? What you go do acting for? I don’t have time to see you in school play, how I know you do acting? Ok. You make papa happy. Ok? You go to college, I pay for. Study biology or accounting. Act on weekend. If you still like, ok. You do acting. But only after medical school. Or bar exam.
Check out this list. Its like a 95% college matriculation rate among Asian American actors! Considering guys like Ryan Reynolds (Kwantlen College) and Brad Pitt (Univ. of Missouri) went to college, but never graduated, there’s a significant gap between Asian and White actors:
John Cho: UC Berkeley
Kal Penn: UCLA (currently also teaching at UPenn)
Roger Fan: Brown
BD Wong: SF State
Aaron Yoo: UPenn
Ming Na Wen: Carnegie Mellon
Masi Oka: Brown
Garrett Wang: UCLA
Rick Yune: UPenn
(Asians really love UPenn, Brown and UC schools don’t they?)
I think a lot of this has to do with the success rate of Asian American actors. None of them are stupid enough to think they can drop out of high school or college, take the cliched “bus to Hollywood” and find an agent and get booked in a movie all in one week. They know its gonna be tough, and long, and most likely unsuccessful. So they act. On the side. On the weekends, at night. Take drama classes. And finish their degrees. Cause deep down inside they know Hollywood doesn’t give a Fuck if they went to an Ivy League school, as long as their eyes are slanted and skin yellow, they will most likely lose roles to some hot, white, high school dropout actor.