In this year’s Academy AwardsKe Huy Quan stole the show by winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the film “Everything». His journey, however, to get here, it was not covered with rose petals.
His story is one that is hard to believe was not written by his best screenwriters. Hollywood.
As a child, Quan moved from the Vietnam in the Hong Kong as a refugee and then settled on USA. He accidentally auditioned to play the Chinese pickpocket in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” of 1984, and then starred in the film The Goonies in 1985, playing the gadget-loving Data.
But as he got older, the roles dried up and he settled for working behind the scenes as stunt coordinator and assistant director.
An agent friend agreed to represent him – and two weeks later Quan received a phone call about “Everything». This film would give him his second big break and his first Oscar. “My mother is 84 years old and is at home watching. Mom, I just won an Oscar!” he said excitedly, kissing the golden statuette and holding it up.
“My journey started on a boat. I spent a year in a refugee camp and somehow ended up here on the biggest stage in Hollywood.”
THE Quan was seven years old when he left Vietnam on a cramped boat in the late 1970s, landing in Hong Kong with his father, while his mother and his three siblings went to Malaysia. The family was reunited when they immigrated to USA in 1979a move he has described as “traumatic».
“We were refugeesQuan told the Guardian last year. “No one wanted us… We were called “fresh off the boat”. We were made fun of when we were in school. You can imagine what this does to the mental state of a child».
His life was about to change when he went to support his younger brother in an audition for the movie Indiana Jones at the age of 12. Kwan didn’t intend to audition, but the distribution manager suggested he try too. Three weeks later, Quan was on his way to Sri Lanka to begin shooting the film. “She was one of the happiest moments of my life“, he said.
But as the 90s progressed, the offers began to dwindle. Whoever clock were being sent to him small and stereotypical. “When you’re Asian, it’s 100 times harder. If you took 100 scripts, there was a good chance none of them would have meaningful Asian characters. Many times, we were the center of the joke,” he said.
As it conveys the BBCwhen Kwan received the script for “Everything”, he probably did not expect that it would lead him to the Oscar. He stated that he wasn’t sure how viewers would react to seeing a former child star as middle-aged.
“This is the American Dream”
“They say stories like this only happen in the movies“, a tearful Kwan said at the Oscars, as he accepted his award. “I can’t believe it’s happening to me. This is the American dream».
Quan closed his emotional speech by saying that “the dreams it’s something you have to believe in. I almost gave up on mine. To all of you out there, please keep your dreams alive. Thank you so much for welcoming me back»
Source: News Beast
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