‘Hangover’ hangs over Ken Jeong all the time
BY CINDY PEARLMAN May 27, 2013 11:02PM
KEN JEONG as Mr. Chow in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ comedy “THE HANGOVER PART III,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
When doctor-actor Ken Jeong needs some cash, he has a problem.
“I go to the ATM at least once a week and there is always a different, middle-aged white dude who quotes Mr. Chow in ‘Hangover’ by saying, ‘Toodle-loo, motherf-----,’ ” he says with a laugh.
“It happens with a different white guy each time,” he says. “It’s like I’m living the movie ‘Groundhog Day.’ ”
It won’t stop anytime soon. After playing mobster Chow in two “Hangover” movies, he reprises the role in the third.
Jeong, 46, grew up in Greensboro, N.C., and became a doctor of internal medicine before putting down his prescription pad to try acting.
Q. Whose idea was it to have you so naked in these movies?
A. It was my idea to make my entrance naked. Chow had slacks on in the first script. I told my wife that my first scene was screaming for Mr. Chow to jump out naked. Politely and nervously, I said to our director, Todd Phillips, “Is it OK for me to do a scene naked?” He said, “You don’t have to tell me twice.” Twenty minutes later, I was handed a nudity waiver to sign. Now, it just feels organic.
In “The Hangover, Part III,” you fly in a glider over the Vegas strip. Did you do some of your own stunts?
A. An incredible stunt double did that stunt, but I was suspended 40 feet in the air in the studio and it hurt. I was high above ground and I have fear of heights. But you still gotta sell it!
What is it like to be a doctor turned comic actor?
A. I’m one of the few doctors turned comedians, which makes me happy. I do miss helping people as a doctor, but I’m also helping by making people laugh and getting rid of stress. Also as a doctor, no one calls you badass. When you’re in “Hangover” you get called badass.
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