‘Hollywood has always been more concerned with Hollywood’: Michelle Yeoh on showbiz realizing there’s Asian talent, Entertainment News
Over the past two years, a shift has swept Hollywood as they begin to embrace and discover a hidden wealth of Asian talent.
Not just talent from the United States or Canada, but also from our corner of the country. For example, we have Tony Leung in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Don Lee in Eternals and more recently the cast of Squid Game has had a meteoric rise in the United States.
However, Hollywood has also been criticized for not realizing that some of these actors were famous in their own right.
An American journalist was criticized last year for not knowing how popular Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae is in South Korea and asked him what he missed most about the anonymity.
Last month, director Steven Spielberg called the cast “unknown people” and came under fire for it.
So when we spoke to Asian film legend (and kung fu goddess) Michelle Yeoh for her critically acclaimed film Everything Everywhere All at Once, we asked her what she thought of Hollywood finally directing. that there were Asian talents.
The 59-year-old replied without hesitation, “If you look closely, Hollywood has always been more concerned with Hollywood, hasn’t it? It’s a market, so they’re doing everything they can for it. protect.
“And in the past, when there wasn’t this big Chinese market, the rest of the Asian market didn’t really make the dent that they wanted from the box office.
“It’s show business. We have to admit that and embrace it. And I think right now we have to seize the opportunity to make sure that more talent that looks like me is up there on big screen.”
Everything Everywhere All At Once is a sci-fi action comedy starring Michelle as a Chinese immigrant who runs a laundromat in the United States.
She is suddenly drawn into a war where the fate of every universe is in her hands, and she encounters different versions of herself, including one where she has hot dogs for her fingers.
The film also stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu and James Hong.
Watch the video for the full interview with Michelle and Jamie.
Everything Everywhere All At Once is out in theaters now.