Wolf pack back!
The Hangover 3 opens up in theaters this Friday and the whole gang is returning for the film franchise’s final installment. This time around, the movie focuses mainly on Alan (played by Zach Galifianakis) and Mr. Chow – played by our boy Ken Jeong.
We had the chance to sit down with the doctor-turned-actor and get the 411 on what it’s like to perform naked – especially when the size of your junk is a big (or little) topic of conversation.
GlobalGrind: Why do you like to be naked on screen?
Mr. Chow: That was my idea in the first one! I think that scene was screaming for that to happen. I mean, c’mon, it’s a Todd Phillips movie. You have to do that! I was really nervous. I was like “is it okay?” I thought it would be funny if we could do it naked, and he was like, “you don’t have to tell me twice.” (Laughs)
He immediately gives me a nudity waiver for me to sign. He didn’t want me to change my mind, which was his concern. Todd and I just fully bonded after that, because I had only been in the movie for 4 days, so it wasn’t like a superstar role.
I got nothing to brag about. I wasn’t trying to show off, so it wasn’t like I have the most to lose from that. I felt compelled because that’s the moment that’s become the moment everyone talks about.
It was a character choice – not a personal choice, because me as a person is a happily married father of twin girls. I’m really shy. I don’t even like to take my shirt off at the beach! I don’t like to do any of that stuff. I’m not an exhibitionist.
I’m very demure about my body and ashamed of my body, but I felt like an actor acts, so I gotta do what I gotta do. You gotta make fearless choices to be an actor, otherwise everyone would do it.
What was the reaction from your wife?
Oh, I’m no dummy. I cleared it with my wife before I even told Todd. My wife and I both love comedy, and we both love Todd’s movies, so I told my wife I thought I should be naked and asked what she thought. My wife is very secure and has the best sense of humor in the world, and she told me “I bet Hangover will be the best feel good movie of the summer, because every guy will go home and feel good about themselves.” This is my wife talking! My boo is telling me this! You have to love a woman like that.
What about your parents?
That was a different story. I told my parents I was going to be naked in this movie. My dad has a great sense of humor and he loved it. I waited a couple of months for my mother to see it. My mother is a little bit more traditional and conservative. I didn’t want to offend her sensibilities in any sort of way, so we actually forbid my mother to see it for 2 months. Then she saw it 2 months later with my dad, and she said, “I loved it! Why’d you underestimate me?! It’s funny!”
What kind of reaction did you get from the Asian community? Do you think they’d be offended by you living out some sort of stereotype?
I don’t think my dick is a stereotype. My dick is an actual penis that produced kids. I think the dick is the real deal! I laugh at that because, here’s a little secret, every Asian has read a role that has required an accent. That is the business you guys set up for us. That’s just the way it’s done. That’s fine, but to me, it’s my job to make fun of that stereotype.
It’s my job to poke fun at the stupid roles that are put in front of us. We get ridiculous lines that we’re auditioning for all the time. “Asian Guy #2,” “Asian Assassin #3.” It’s demeaning. Chow, to me, was my response to that, to make fun of it.
When Alan is falling out of the vehicle, me laughing at that is the stereotype that we laugh at the fat guy falling down in movies. There are levels upon levels of meta-humor. Chow in comedy terms is a meta-joke.
Quid pro quo, douchebags. Make sure you check out The Hangover 3 in theaters THIS FRIDAY.