Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay opened today and star John Cho, who plays Sulu in the new Star Trek film, has been busy promoting the film’s release. To that end, numerous interviews with Cho have popped up on the web, a few of which have Cho talking a little Trek. Here are some quotes (read below).
Keeping secrets and playing Sulu
Cho on all the secrecy surrounding the film (Wired):
J.J. wants to make it a genuine surprise. In a general way, what we’re trying to do with the movie is honor the original series, and yet push it in another direction and make it a little more active. The TV series is very thoughtful and meditative, and we’ve got a more active movie.
On what it’s like to play Sulu:
I’m really thrilled to be doing it. Most importantly because as a kid, the Sulu role was one of a very few Asian characters on television. It was a stand-up role and he didn’t have an accent. He was doing something very cool. He was flying through space! It blew me away to be able to take part in that.
Takei a beacon, the Enterprise a dream, but the acting’s the same
On George Takei, the original Sulu (ACED Magazine):
When I was a kid, George Takei was the only really Asian on television that I recall that was doing something that I was so extremely proud of. He was in space being the helmsman of this amazing spaceship. So, he was just like a beacon for me on TV. So, it is a real honor for me in that way for me to be stepping into his shoes.
Cho tells The Deadbolt that being on the bridge of the Enterprise was “more like a dream than anything else.” Cho also commented on the differences between working on Harold and Kumar and working on Star Trek:
In terms of acting, I’d say it’s pretty similar. You prepare the same way, especially as the straight man of the duo. I’m not really looking for funny bits, you know. I’m trying to stay true to the situation and stuff. But there’s some planning, and comedy gives you some extra curve balls.
Is Cho set for life? (San Francisco Chronicle) :
SF Chronicle: I know you’re sworn to secrecy and can only say about five words about the next “Star Trek” movie, but what’s it like to play Sulu?
John Cho: From what I saw on set, I think we’re making a really fun, good movie. I think people can expect something that pays homage to the original series but also does something really fresh and exciting and young and athletic. On the topic of Sulu, he was such an important character to me, seeing (original Sulu actor George Takei) as I was growing up on television. It was a huge honor for me.
SFC: You’re set for life now. If your career goes bad, you can just sign autographs at one of those conventions.
JC: Usually, people ask what you’re working on next, and you say, “Uh, it’s this show about two guys and their roommates, and one of them is messy.” People don’t care. It seems like everyone knows something about “Star Trek.” It’s such a part of American pop culture. It’s definitely bizarre being associated with something everyone knows about.
From MILF to Harold to Sulu?
RottenTomatoes: So what do you get more of now: people yelling “MILF” or people inviting you back to their dorm to smoke a bowl?
JC: Probably the latter. For a while there, I was unsure whether anything would dethrone MILF. Harold has. It’s unbelievable. I was tired of MILF. It was time for it to go away. As a cultural concept, I think it’s going away.
RT: What catchphrase is Star Trek going to cultivate?
JC: Probably, [George Takei impression] “Sulu.”
John Cho – life of the party?
According to Cho’s Harold and Kumar co-star, Kal Penn, and their writer/director pal Jon Hurwitz, John Cho is one wild and crazy guy. ( USA Today)
Hurwitz: John Cho is the life of the party. He’ll randomly start singing ridiculous songs about whatever is going on in the moment. He’s bubbly and crazy.
Penn: [Cho is] so completely different from me. John is more of a Kumar in real life. John is more of the gregarious, outgoing guy on set, and I’m a little reclusive and quiet.
As reported earlier, Cho and his wife are expecting their first child. Having completed his work on Star Trek, Cho tells USA Today it’s time for a break.
I’ve been working for a while and I’m going to take a break and be home with the kid. I’m going on maternity leave.
Even more Cho
What, haven’t had your fill of Cho? Well then check out the interviews linked below!
Don’t forget, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay opens today! So, like, go watch it, and stuff. For more, visit the official site.