Crazy Rich Asians cast didn’t know how ‘powerful’ movie was until they watched it

Crazy Rich Asians is the first major studio film in 25 years to hit the big screen with an all-Asian cast.

But the cast admit that, unlike the Black Panther cast who spoke publicly about feeling ‘privileged to have an opportunity to be a part of this moment in history’, they felt differently.

‘The beautiful thing about being with the cast was that we never said, “oh, isn’t it cool we’re all Asians?” and that was the just beautiful thing,’ says Awkwafina.

‘The truth is, all of us were once the only minority if not [the only] Asian on set, so we had that in common and so when put together in such a space you don’t really know how powerful it is until you see the movie back, and that’s how it went for me, I had to see it back to understand how crazy it was.’

Awkwafina and Ken Jeong star alongside Constance Wu as Rachel, Henry Golding as Nick, and Michelle Yeoh as Nick’s mother Eleanor, in the romantic comedy that tells the story of an American professor who flies to Singapore with her boyfriend only to discover his family come from money.

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Centuries of money.

Awkwafina plays Rachel’s best friend Peik Lin and Ken her father Wye Mun, and speaking to Metro, Ken credits Constance’s hit comedy Fresh Off The Boat for helping to create more diversity on screens and more opportunities for Asian actors.

‘I think the movement really started with Fresh Off The Boat, and now it’s made its splash in the cinematic foray,’ Ken admits.

‘I have seen it happen for the last four year. Dr Ken has like five Asian-American regulars and that was due to Fresh Off The Boat. I think that people don’t give Fresh Off The Boat enough credit, it helped launch shows and now has helped this movie which is now rippling out to others.’

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The pair play father and daughter in the film, and offer the comedy while Constance and Henry give us the romance.

One of the most memorable scenes is when Rachel enjoys dinner with Peik Lin and her family, and Ken and Awkwafina admit that they improvised the entire scene – forcing Constance and the others to make it up as they went along.

‘It was such a spur of the moment conversation between Jon and I minutes before we started,’ says Ken, ‘the whole dinner scene was improvised by me and Awkwafina. That scene built itself [as] in improv you go with the flow.’

‘No they just had to riff!’ laughs Awkwafina when asked if her castmates knew.

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Crazy Rich Asians is out in the UK on 14 September 2018.


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