John Cho has already revealed that he did ‘fight training’ to prepare for his work on Star Trek and that his Sulu is ‘a badass’ (Paparazzi even caught him in the act practicing last month) [spoilers]. But now it appears that ‘action Sulu’ may have taken its toll on the actor, as Cho showed up over the weekend at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival with an arm/wrist injury.
Cho was at the Festival screening his new movie, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. Dino-Ray Ramos, the fashion reporter for the Contra Costa Times reported on the event on his personal blog. From the report
Yesterday [Saturday] after the Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay screening, actor John Cho was nice enough to do a Q&A with the audience….
Anyways, Cho was sporting some sort of ace bandage or cast on his right arm and he admitted to the audience that he got an injury on the set of Star Trek.
The Globality Film Blog is also reporting on the event. In their review of Harold and Kumar 2, there was this:
The sold-out showing in the massive House 1 of the Sundance Kabuki was quite a party, especially with co-star John Cho appearing afterwards for Q&A. He apologized for missing the festival so many times, explaining that he had schedule conflicts, and sported a bandaged right wrist from an injury on the Star Trek set.
It appears the injury happened last week as Cho wasn’t sporting any bandages when he screened Harold and Kumar at the South By Southwest Festival the previous weekend.
UPDATE: No affect on the schedule
According to a representative for John Cho the injury is “no big deal.” Cho still has a more scenes to shoot this month and the injury isn’t affecting the schedule.
UPDATE 2: Pictures of Cho with bandage
Cho talks a little Trek
Aint It Cool News was also at SXSW and interviewed Cho along with his Harold and Kumar co-stars. Of course the conversation did get around to Trek, but as usual Cho couldn’t say much.
The reason JJ [Abrams] wants to keep that under wraps is he just thinks that the surprise… He really is looking out for the audience. He feels like it’s a good move, so that the audience really experiences it in a fresh way, but what I can say about it is the spirit of it feels like it’s honoring what has come before it, just visually and the script and all of the actors he has chosen and it just feels like it is honoring what has come before and I feel like, fingers crossed, we will garner some new fans as well.
On if he deepened his voice to match Takei’s:
I couldn’t do that. [He lowers his voice] This is about as low as I can go. This is pretty uncomfortable and he’s like three octaves below that.
Harold and Kumar 2 co-star Neil Patrick Harris asked Cho if he thought Paramount was “anticipating a franchise?” with the new Trek, and Cho replied:
I’m not really sure how I can answer that without giving something away. I think there’s a possibility of them making more of these, yeah.
…but we know from previous interviews other actors that they are all signed up for sequels ‘options’ and that they hope there will be a few. So it appears Paramount are thinking franchise again. Let’s hope next time Cho can get through the shoot without a scratch.
Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay opens April 25th.
(photos via Flickr users: bwswift and lizclink)