Despite the years–and the miles–true friends will always recognize each other. That’s what happened at D23 Expo in September when Ke Huy Quan bumped into his boyhood hero, Harrison Ford, for the first time since they shared a wild adventure together as Short Round and Indiana Jones, respectively, in the sequel to the 1984 blockbuster, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The former child star’s heartfelt Instagram post revealing their 38-year reunion went viral instantly. Quan wrote, “I love you Indy”, a Temple of death The callback quote that ripped a fan’s heart out of their chest is…well, not verbatim.
When asked about the Indy-Short Round reunion during an interview about the upcoming Paramount+ series, 1923Ford reveals to Yahoo Entertainment that the feeling was mutual. “It was amazing,” Indiana Jones says of reuniting with his ex-child. “He’s grown up!”
Kwan said New York times In October, the fact that he was now grown up made him initially worry that Ford wouldn’t be able to put his face on all these years after that. We’re in this green room [at D23] … And the person who was assigned to help me said, ‘Harrison Ford is right outside the green. Do you want to go say hi? He saw me in it when I was a little kid.”
It turns out that Quan has nothing to worry about. He said of the 80-year-old icon’s reaction to seeing him: “He looks at me and points at me and says, ‘Are you short, round?'” “I was immediately transported back to 1984, when I was a little kid, and I said, ‘Yeah, Indy.’ And he said come over here, and he gave me a big hug.”
While speaking with Yahoo Entertainment earlier this year, Quan recalled the happy times he shared with Ford on Facebook Temple of death Designation. “He’s one of the most generous actors I’ve ever met,” Kwan recalled. Because it was my first time [acting]He was always behind the camera to help Stephen get that performance out of me.”
According to Quan, Ford’s helped him master life skills other than acting. “When we were in Sri Lanka, we all stayed in the same hotel and every time we got around for the day, I’d go swimming. I didn’t know how to swim before, and it was Harrison Ford who taught me! Today I thank him for that.”
When asked if he remembered acting as Kwan’s swimming teacher while he was in Sri Lanka, Ford smiled and nodded. “I have so many warm memories working with him.”
Next to Temple of deathQuan also starred in ’80s Favorites fools Before he moved away from acting due to the lack of opportunities for Asian actors in the American film industry at the time. The Vietnamese-born actor said about those frustrating years that led him to make a move behind the camera. Over the next two decades, Quan took on various crew roles—including stunt coordinator and assistant director—for both Hollywood and Hong Kong productions, including the 2001 action vehicle Jet Li. the one and the popular 2004 drama Wong Kar-wai, 2046.
But this year, Quan is finally back on the big screen in a big way alongside Michelle Yeoh and Stephanie Hsu in the indie hit Out of the Box, Everything is everywhere at once. Released in March, A24 exploded at the box office, grossing over $100 million worldwide and putting the three stars in the award race. In fact, Quan just took home the award for Best Supporting Performance at the Gotham Awards, and he’s expected to be a leading Oscar contender as well.
But Quan may consider his greatest reward to be this impressive review from his friend, Dr. Jones. “It’s a beautiful movie,” Ford says of the film. Everything is everywhere at once. “It was fun to see him and watch his performance in the movie.”
Short Round and Indy are destined to meet next time Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, truly? We hold on to our potatoes in anticipation.
1923 Premieres December 18th at Paramount+
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