Has a more heartfelt awards show speech ever been given in honor of a more bizarre movie moment? Surely nothing in the history of Hollywood can compare to what went down at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, when Ken Jeong — he of the naked, trunk-jumping beatdown in “The Hangover” — took the stage to pay touching tribute to his wife, Tran.
As Jeong explained while accepting the award for Best WTF Moment , his wife was suffering from breast cancer during filming of “The Hangover,” and both co-star Bradley Cooper and director Todd Phillips provided Ken some much-needed emotional support. After the Movie Awards, Jeong spoke with MTV News about why he wanted to tell his personal story in front of millions.
” ‘Hangover’ was just the greatest moment that really changed my life,” Jeong told us outside the Gibson Amphitheatre. “And it just really reminded me how great Todd and Bradley were. They were the only people who knew at that time and they were just very supportive. Every single day, Todd and Bradley were like, ‘Hey man, how’s everything going? Is everything good? Is she good?’ It just got me through. And I don’t think people know what great people both of those guys are.
“That’s what I take even more than the award, is how great they were and how cathartic working on that movie was,” he continued. “And it’s really to celebrate Tran, because she’s cancer-free the last two years and that really is a celebration. I’m so honored that she’s here and everything really is just for her.”
As he said these words, Jeong again began to tear up, just as he had onstage. “I’m crying because they took my frozen popcorn — my Golden Popcorn. I’m crying!” he repeated.
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