Welcome to this installment of "When Character Actors Go Wild!" Today's subject: Mr. Ken Jeong.
The Korean-American stand-up comic with an actual medical degree has been stealing the spotlight with small parts in "Role Models," "Zookeeper," as "The Hangover" series' immortal Mr. Chow and with Señor Chang on NBC's "Community."
Now, according to The Wrap, Dr. Ken is going to stretch his high-energy Asian schtick to feature length (that was NOT a double entendre) by playing one of the leads in Lionsgate's "The Chung Factor."
Here's the pitch: "A nice guy meets the girl of his dreams after being unlucky in love, but because he's afraid of screwing up the relationship, he takes advice from an offbeat relationship coach, played by Jeong. As it turns out, the coach is actually the woman's ex-boyfriend and is out to sabotage the relationship and win her back."
The script, originally titled "The Ex-Factor," is by first-timer Andy Selsor and was featured waaaaaaaay back as part of 2005's prestigious Black List of unproduced screenplays. Perhaps inserting a little Jeong power into it made the whole package much more appealing (also not a double entendre).
Of course we love us some Jeong, especially his unforgettable line in "Pineapple Express," but as "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" proved this past summer the man is just one stereotype-pushing performance away from being this generation's Gedde Watanabe. It's great to see the guy crank things up to 11, but hopefully he'll get to show more versatility and perhaps mellow out slightly for some of the "The Chung Factor" as he did for the doctor scenes in "Knocked Up."