If it were to define the Oscars 2023 in a headline, it could be written something like: “The triumph of the outsiders”. The ceremony held this Sunday, March 12, left the coronation of two actors who, until not long ago, were outside the film industry: brendan fraser and Ke Huy Quan. Besides, michelle yeoh also added to the distinguished list of winners. But the statuette is not the only thing that these interpreters now share.
When reviewing their film career, it is discovered that both Michelle Yeoh and Ke Hyt Quan worked together at one point with Brendan Fraser. His story, at that time, had nothing to do with the last months that these actors have lived, surrounded by praise, space in the press and other types of media.
All three share, in their own way, the experience of knowing just how complex the film industry can be. Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan, for not having found more opportunities during their careers. For her part, Michelle Yeoh has an old project in common with Fraser. If you travel back in time and ask these actors about how they imagined their future, perhaps none of them would have come close to describing the present.
the movie in common
between Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan
How likely is it that, more than thirty years ago, Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan were sharing the scene? Occurred. Yes. It was in the california manreleased in 1992 with the English title of Encino Man. Dave Blass, a production designer who has worked on different projects, was the one who recalled the reference via Twitter:
the california man it was the second film in Brendan Fraser’s career. In the case of Ke Huy Quan, it was the fourth production in which he participated. before that film, Ke Huy Quan was in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), the goonies (1991) and Breathing Fire (1991).
While Fraser was able to continue playing different characters throughout the ’90s, eventually establishing himself as a recognizable figure within the industry at the time, Ke Huy Quan had to wait a long time to return to actingafter the california man. It was a total of ten years, until he returned in Second Time Around (2002).
Although the acting breaks are more pronounced in the case of Ke Huy Quan, the last decade has not been easy for Brendan Fraser. The volume of productions of him was reduced remarkably. Fraser came to think and feel that he had been left out of the industry, while his personal life was falling apart. That is why it is no coincidence that, in this time of recognition, he refers to his case as “a renaissance.”
In addition to having shared a project, and a personal search to try to belong to that acting industry, Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan now share the fact of having won at the 2023 Oscars for The whale and Everything at once everywhererespectively.
The past in common with Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh was another of the stars of the night. The interpreter was recognized in the category of “Best Actress” for her role in Everything at once everywhere. His face is likely to be more familiar to the wider audience than Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan. It so happens that, during the last few years, Yeoh has been part of commercially very powerful franchises.
Two of the most recent are Marvel Cinematic Universe and the saga Avatar. In the first franchise, he debuted in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and then in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021). While in the second it was part of Avatar: The Water Sense (2022) and is expected to appear in the following deliveries.
But long before this, in 2008, he shared the screen with Brendan Fraser in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. That movie saga was not as successful as the first. However, both actors, some time later, may be able to talk about her calmly and wearing their 2023 Oscar Awards.