Golden Globe winner Ke Huy Quan is open to reprising his Indiana Jones role as Short Round

“I’m there, man!” he exclaimed
January 11, 2023 1:32 p.m. EST
January 11, 2023 1:32 p.m. EST

Everything Everywhere All At Once star Ke Huy Quan won a Supporting Actor Golden Globe last night for his performance, and there have been whispers that he might even get an Oscar nomination. 

But you might remember him from one of his most iconic roles - the character Short Round in the 1984 action-adventure epic Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. That's right, the young boy who kept Harrison Ford safe from an evil cult while saying, "You listen to me, you live longer!" is now all grown up. And according to him, should there ever be an Indiana Jones spin-off series, he is 100% down to tackle the Short Round role again, thirty-nine years later.

 

 

"If Disney or Lucasfilm ever come to me and say, 'We want to do a Short Round spin-off,' I'm there, man!" Quan said on an episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, "I love that character so much, and it would just be incredible to revisit so many years later."

Thirty-nine years is an extended character gap, and even Quan isn't entirely sure what adventures and mishaps Short Round might have encountered in that time.

"I have no idea where he is. Your guess is as good as mine. Just because he looks after Indy so much, I wouldn't be surprised if he was an archeologist," he said during the interview. 

Should Quan want to pitch a spin-off to Indiana Jones director Steven Spielberg, he had his shot last night. During his acceptance speech for winning Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes, he emotionally gushed about Spielberg giving him his first shot in the industry.

"I was raised to never forget where I came from and to always remember who gave me my first opportunity," he emotionally said. "I am so happy to see Steven Spielberg here tonight. Steven, thank you!"

Spielberg then blew kisses from the audience. Gahhhh, all the feels!

 

 

While Harrison Ford will soon be reprising his role as the swashbuckling Indy in the latest installment of the franchise Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Ford and Quan actually had their own mini reunion recently at the D23 expo.

"We were at the D23 event and I was told Harrison was gonna be there," Quan told The New York Times' Kyle Buchanan. "We're in this green room with so many actors, producers, and directors, and the person who was assigned to assist me said, 'Harrison Ford is right outside the green room. Would you want to go say hi?'"

"I'm thinking, 'Of course! I haven't seen him in 38 years,'" Quan continued. "So I walk out and I see him about 15 feet away talking to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, they're there to promote Indy 5. And as I walk close, my heart is pounding. I'm thinking, 'Is he gonna recognize me? The last time he saw me, I was a little kid.'"

Then the most heart-warming reunion happened, as he tells it. "As I get closer, he turns and points his finger at me, and he has that classic, famous, grumpy Harrison Ford look. I go, 'Oh my gosh, he probably thinks I'm a fan, and he's gonna tell me to not come near him.' But he looks and points at me and says, 'Are you Short Round?' Immediately, I was transported back to 1984, when I was a little kid, and I said, 'Yes, Indy.' And he said, 'Come here,' and gave me a big hug."

We're not crying. You're crying.

Turns out, Harrison Ford was also incredibly moved by that reunion and by Quan's performance in Everything….

"It was great to see him," Ford told Uproxx. "I mean … I've had the opportunity to see [Everything Everywhere All At Once]. He is really terrific in his movie. And I'm so glad to see him … and what he has become. I'm so happy for him. He's such a happy guy, too."

When the interviewer told Ford that Quan is generating some serious Oscar buzz, Ford reportedly took  a pause, his eyes lighting up, then leaned forward to gush, "Well deserved!"

You can watch Quan's entire interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast here.

 

 


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