Ken Jeong, who plays ‘Mr. Chow’ in both Hangover films, arrived in Seoul earlier this week to promote the release of The Hangover Part II in South Korea.
During the premiere event, Ken Jeong was more than willing to greet fans and pose for the cameras (see publicity shots galore below!). Among the many attendees was Seattle-born pop starJay Park, who came to meet the actor and support the opening of the film. Yesterday, Jay tweeted: “hang over 2 was DOPE and i met @kenjeong he’s good ppls fo sure~ hangover 2 was so funny~.”
Even when the cameras are not rolling, Ken Jeong never fails to humor his crowd. Fans in Korea are raving about his hilarious character and are anxiously anticipating the film to hit theaters on August 25th.
As the self-proclaimed “El Tigre Chino,” Ken Jeong‘s character on NBC’s comedy Community has always been the most outlandish out of an ensemble cast of quirky misfits, but creator Dan Harmon reveals that we’ve only just begun the journey into the “insane” mind of Ben Chang.
Returning to Greendale with a new job as a security guard, Ben will be given a more in-depth background including a story told in noir-style about his earlier life.
Harmon shares, “I wanted to tell a story of acquiring power and what it does to you. It’s a little Macbeth or Scarface. Or maybe something from The Wire…[Ben] is corrupt in the sense that the campus is less secure than if he wasn’t a security guard. But he’s mostly insane.”
Make sure to catch the new season of NBC’s Community on September 22, 2011.
To watch a montage of some of Chang’s best bits on the show, click here.
The Hangover Part II star Ken Jeong is set to return for the third season of NBC’s Community, in which he will reprise to role as Chang. After taking part in two high-grossing films this summer, the former doctor recently told BuzzSugar that this is the happiest he has been in his career and that for him, it is an “embarrassment of riches”:
As I say it out loud, it’s still surreal. I was happy being the doctor from Knocked Up, alright? That was like, amazing. If that were to be the last thing I’d do, it would be a life well spent in the arts. So to be Mr. Chow and [star in] two Hangovers, a third season of Community and to be in Transformers? Come on it’s ridiculous. It’s an embarrassment of riches.
Jeong admits his acting career is a like a dream come true for him, and he attributes a large part of his success to people like Bradley Cooper and director Todd Phillips: “Todd Phillips made me. He gave me my career.” Jeong’s incredible success comes at a meaningful point for Jeong and his wife, who has just celebrated her third year of being cancer-free.
Jeong returned as the hilariously inappropriate Mr. Chow in The Hangover Part II to shamelessly remind audiences why they loved the first movie. He can also be seen in Transformers: Dark of the Moon as Jerry Wang, Venom in the upcoming movie Zookeeper, and Señor Chang on the NBC’s Community.
We’re excited to see Ken Jeong receive the recognition he deserves!
Actor Ken Jeong teaches how disco and hands-only CPR can save a life in a hilarious public service announcement for the American Heart Association. A doctor in real life, the Hangover star outlines the two steps to remember: 1. Call 911 and 2. Push the chest hard and fast to “Stayin’ Alive.”
Ken Jeong keeps banking on his funny man fame. He scored big with Adidas and their new fall promotion of basketball sneakers. He’s in a string of commercials as Slim Chin, the beast from the far east, hanging with basketball stars Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard. It’s actually funny.
Ken Jeong became “that” guy this year. Y’know, the guy you keep seeing in a bunch of movies but you don’t know his real name. Ken Jeong made a huge splash in the surprise summer hit, The Hangover, when he jumped out of a car’s trunk in his birthday suit. He kept on rolling with roles in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, All About Steve, Couples Retreat and a co-starring role as the cantankerous Senor Chang in NBC’s new show Community. He already has a full slate of work in 2010 and the future keeps looking brighter. This is pretty incredible for a guy who gave up medicine to pursue a career in comedy and acting. Ken was a doctor in residency down in New Orleans, but he decided to give it up to go to Hollywood. How many Korean parents would’ve rolled their eyes if their sons or daughters said that they were going to Hollywood after having gone through medical school and residency? Ken defied a parent’s logic and believed in his comedic abilities. Now he’s “that” guy that cracks people up in the hilarious character roles he plays. What Ken Jeong showed us was that even in Hollywood, you can still make it even without looking like Brad Pitt. As long as you have dedication and talent, the dream is possible. There are many kids out there who are doing what they’re parents want them to do because it’s the most conservative route. Ken just showed us that you can follow your passions and beat the odds, and that’s why he’s #5 on our list of top ten most influential Korean-Americans in 2009.
So what happened the past week with Koreans and Korean-Americans? Well starting this week, we’re beginning a series called Monday Mashup or “Beacon Bits” as we affectionately call it here. You can find the lovely Christina Lee reviewing the events and people that made the news during the past week and a few quick opinions on top of it. If you have any thoughts or topics you’d like us to cover, don’t be afraid to email us at “beacon at koreanbeacon (dot) com.”