Harrison Ford ‘So Happy’ for ‘Indiana Jones’ Co-Star Ke Huy Quan After Oscar Nomination: ‘Great Guy’
Harrison Ford has praised his ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ co-star Ke Huy Quan after the ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ actor was nominated for his first Oscar.
The 80-year-old ‘1923’ star shared his excitement over the 51-year-old’s Best Supporting Actor nomination during an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Friday.
“I’m so happy for him. He’s a great guy,” Ford said during the premiere of his new Apple TV series “Shrinking.”
“He’s a wonderful actor. He was when he was little, and he still is. I’m happy. I’m very happy for him.”
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Ford and Quan starred together alongside Kate Capshaw in the 1984 Steven Spielberg-directed action-adventure film, which was the second installment in the “Indian Jones” franchise.
Ford, who was 41 at the time, portrayed the titular archaeologist and Quan, who was 12, played his sidekick Short Round.
The Chicago native also weighed in on a possible reunion of the two actors in a future installment of the hit franchise.
“That would be awesome,” Ford told the outlet.
In “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, Quan plays three versions of a character named Waymond Wang, a loving husband who travels across multiple universes in an attempt to help his wife (Michelle Yeoh) save the world.
The Vietnam native has already been recognized for his performance, winning numerous accolades including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Following the announcement of his Oscar nomination on Tuesday, Quan expressed his excitement in a post he shared on Instagram.
“Shout a HUGE thank you to @theacademy for this incredible honour,” he wrote.
“I’m screaming so loud I’m sure I’ll lose my voice by the end of the day. Thank you to EVERYONE who has reached out with congratulations and to ALL of YOU who have followed me through this amazing trip.
“I am so grateful to you. This is for sure one of the best days of my life. CONGRATULATIONS to the whole #EEAAO family on our 11 nominations. And finally, CONGRATULATIONS to our matriarch @michelleyeoh_official on her historic nomination. Cheers,” he concluded, adding emojis of a party hat, a bottle of champagne, and a red rose.
In an April interview with People magazine, Quan recalled how his life changed after making his acting debut in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”
Quan auditioned for the film a few years after he and his family immigrated from Vietnam to Los Angeles. A casting director had heard the 12-year-old’s practice lines with his brother and asked him if he wanted to try out for the role of Short Round.
“Never in my wildest imagination would I have thought that I would end up becoming an actor,” he told the outlet.
“But I fell in love with it. This film changed my life and that of my whole family.”
Quan admitted he was initially intimidated to work alongside Ford and Spielberg. Still, the two stars put the child actor completely at ease.
“They were so kind, humble and down to earth,” Quan said. “Just loving people, human beings, who only treated each other with kindness. I have such fond memories of working on it. We spent three weeks in Sri Lanka. We were hanging out by the pool. Harrison taught me to swim.”
After her screen debut, Quan starred in another classic, 1985’s “The Goonies.” At first, Quan believed, “I was going to have this amazing career.” But Quan only landed a few minor TV and film roles after that. He was offered stereotypical roles aimed at Asians.
In the early 2000s, Quan said, he made the “very difficult decision” to quit acting. Instead, he immersed himself in his studies and graduated from USC film school. He then concentrated on working behind the scenes as an assistant director and stunt coordinator.
But 20 years later, Quan saw 2018’s “Crazy Rich Asians” and was inspired to revisit his first love.
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“I was happy to work behind the camera, but I had some serious FOMO (fear of missing something),” Quan told the outlet. “I wanted to be up there with my fellow Asian actors.”
Along with mounting a successful acting comeback, Quan also had a chance to reunite with Ford last year. The “Loki” star shared photos of himself with Ford at Disney’s D23 Expo in September.
Quan later spoke about the experience in an interview with The New York Times.
“We were at the D23 event, and I was told Harrison would be there,” he said. “We’re in this green room with so many actors and producers and directors, and the person who was assigned to help me said, ‘Harrison Ford is just outside the green room. Would you like to go say hello?
“I think, ‘Of course! I haven’t seen him for 38 years,'” Quan added. “So I walk out and see him about 15 feet away talking to Phoebe Waller-Bridge. They’re there to promote ‘Indy 5.’ “Will he recognize me? The last time he saw me, I was a little boy.”
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“As I walk up, he turns and points his finger at me, and he’s got that classic, famous, grumpy Harrison Ford look.
“I say, ‘Oh my God, he probably thinks I’m a fan, and he’s going to tell me not to come near him.’ But he looks at me and points at me and says, ‘Are you shorted?’ Immediately I was transported back to 1984, when I was little, and I said, ‘Yeah, Indy.’ And he said, ‘Come here,’ and gave me a big hug.”
The 95th Academy Awards will air March 12 on ABC at 5 p.m. ET.
Fox News Digital’s Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.