Ken Jeong Mr. Chow Interview For ‘The Hangover Part II’
In Todd Phillips’ hugely anticipated comedy sequel, ‘The Hangover Part II,’ Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined. Joining the gang for hilariously outrageous hijinks is Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). Check out what Jeong had to say about the film below. ’The Hangover Part II’ is hitting cinemas My 26th.
I was so happy to see your character back in this movie. When you got the script was your reaction?
Ken Jeong: I’m so glad to be back! I was so grateful. When I first got the script I felt like it was funnier than the first films script. It was a tighter script, the script was really written for our voices. The first script was written, then we were cast in the movie, then it was tailored to our strengths. This script was exclusively for us. It was intoxicating to read it, it was great. I was crying from laughter reading it, my wife thought I was having a seizure. Even the first 20 pages, before my stuff, I was so excited.
When you have a funnier script, then you have Todd Phillips, a genius, a genius cast, Bradley, Ed, Zach, who’s the funniest man alive to me, Justin, Crystal the monkey, who steals the movie for me, we just had a relaxed confidence going into Bangkok. The chemistry was there after the first one, everyone trusted each other, everyone gets along with each other, that collaborative spirit is rare. To have that a second time, where no one has changed, everyone is as grounded as you can be. It was great.
Seeing as you guys didn’t really know each other going into the first movie, and now you’ve got that one under your belt, how was it working as friends now? That must help?
Ken Jeong: Oh yeah, especially with a comedy. My theory is if you watch a comedy you can tell if people are having fun. Even if they’re antagonists of each other, you can tell they’re having fun because there’s that give and take. If you are to comedically insult somebody there has to be that trust involved when you’re doing things.
With this we got to be even better friends. I was shooting in Thailand for about a month. We shot over Christmas holiday, I went with Ed and his friends to Cambodia and we spent about three days there. I got to spend more time with the guys being away. We actually hung out more because we were away. It was great, Bradley and Todd I knew even before the first Hangover movie.
There are some extremely outrageous moments in this movie. Did anything shock or surprise you?
Ken Jeong: No, and that’s why I think me and Todd get on so well. I think we both love chaos, I think we really do (laughs). I think Chow in this movie is an agent of chaos. He loves it, he just loves it. My favourite thing in the second movie is when we’re in the car chase and my rear-view mirror shot off, and instead of being horrified I just go “HAHAHAHAHA!” That confidence of loving the chaos, that pretty much sums up my character I think.
I read some of the guys got sick, as a Doctor did you have to help them out?
Ken Jeong: It’s funny because first of all my wife prescribed me Cipro just in case I got the trots, she’s a Doctor as well. Second, I love potato chips and cookies, so I eat processed foods the whole time (laughs), so I didn’t get sick.
There was one incipient where a friend of Ed’s was sick, it was some food poisoning. So I remember being on a cell phone in the shuttle-bus going to the set. I’m with Ed, Bradley and Zach and I’m asking all these very graphic Diarrhoeal questions (laughs). I was in total Doctor mode (puts on serious voice), “is it bloody, what’s the quality of the stool.” I’m breaking it down like a proctologist would. I remember getting off the phone and all the guys were slack jawed and grossed out (laughs). It was probably the most graphic off camera interaction I had with the guys.
I know a lot of people will be looking forward to the pictures at the end of the film…..
Ken Jeong: (Laughs) This round of photos, oh god, I haven’t thought about that in a while (laughs)….Oh god (laughs). We loved doing them.
(Laughs) How does Todd get you to do them?
Ken Jeong: We ALL love chaos (laughs). We love chaos. Todd’s stuff really speaks to me. ‘Old School’ is one of my favourite movies of all time. His work really inspires me.
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