Ke Huy Quan had a relatively short career as a child star in Hollywood and is best known for his heroic turn as the feisty Short Round in Indiana Jones: And The Temple of Doom. But after that film and a small part in Goonies as Data. The Asian actor quietly left the film business.
Indeed, as the actor points out. Short Round was a very rare role back in the 1980s because he was the sidekick to Indiana Jones. Who was a prominent and heroic part of the movie and even saves Indiana Jones’s life at one point. This was a rare role for an Asian actor back in the day. Also, the role of Data in Goonies was also a rarity as he was one of the guys.
“Those two characters are not your typical stereotype Asian characters. Short Round is courageous, he saves Indy’s life. Data is one of the gang. But as I got older, there were not a lot of offers, and even when there was one, it was very stereotypical. It wasn’t fun to audition for those.” (Via Empire)
Thankfully, the Hollywood landscape has moved on a little since the 1980s and more positive Asian representation is slowly beginning to take hold enough to lure Ke Huy Quan back into the arena of acting.
Quan is due to star in A24’s adventure comedy Everything Everywhere All At Once. In which he’ll act alongside the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis and the brilliantly talented Michelle Yeoh. This will be Quan’s second role as an adult actor. His first was in last years Finding ‘Ohana in which he played the role of George Phan.
It was rumored that Quan would make an appearance in Indiana Jones: And The Crystal Skull, but sadly this never happened. However, it would be cool if he turned up in the new Indiana Jones movie, but as of writing. We have no idea if there is any possibility of that happening.
Either way. We wish Ke Huy Quan all the luck in the world on his return to the movie biz and look forward to watching him develop as an actor and performer.