Ken Leong Industry: “Will the world ever see that we are something separate from martial arts?”

Kopensubtitles2 en Young doesn’t know what he’s talking about industry. The blunt streak, about young graduates vying for permanent positions in the ruthless world of finance, requires actors to introduce vague terms so quickly that you might think they’ve understood the meaning behind what they’re saying; You will be wrong.

“I just can’t understand his math,” says the 52-year-old star Lost And the rush hour. “It took me a long time to get what’s ‘short’, and I still can’t say I understand it now. You borrow something, sell it, then buy it and give it back? I have to try to imagine it as something tangible, like a loaf of bread. But it doesn’t always work like that.” The method in financing because of its subtleties.” Google will tell you that a stock short is when a trader borrows shares from a broker and immediately sells them in the expectation that the stock price will drop soon – that is, when they have to pay for it – so they can reap the difference. or something like that. Thank God, have fun industry A bachelor’s degree in macroeconomics is not required.

industryCreated by ex-financial boys Mickey Dawn and Conrad Kay, it’s proof that good writing performed by good actors is all we really need to make the series highly watchable. This and Coke’s weird sex scene. Powered by a tense, tech-packed score, this is TV by cardiac arrest. “Millennials mad men,” I am offering independent‘s Five-star review for season one put it. The show returns to BBC One for its second round on Tuesday, and the new episodes have more disturbing action than the first.

The throbbing heart of the office bull is Eric Tao, Leung’s warm personality. Eric is the type of boss who will give you wise advice and acceptance on your way to the office, but will alert you loudly in front of everyone 10 minutes later. Leung plays him as a friendly pet who will bare his teeth without warning. Sure, it’s a startling contrast to the actor in front of me today. Leung is laid-back and calm. It has a sound suitable for ASMR videos. Despite Eric’s ups and downs, it is he who asks his student Harper Stern (Myha’la Herrold) in the first episode of the new season to visit an “inside service for problems and moods.” [and] The mental side is more than your health.” When Harper asks, perplexed, whether he himself has visited these experts, Eric ignores the question. The unspoken context of the scene suggests that some people feel reluctance to address their mental health and are only looking at it As, in the words of Eric himself, “the dictates of corporations.”

Leung, who was born to Chinese parents in New York City, agrees that there is an obstacle surrounding the usefulness of therapy among people of a certain age, but he doesn’t think it’s just a generational issue: “Sometimes it’s cultural,” he says. “Like my father – for the longest time, I tried to get my mother to speak intelligently to someone, but it can’t come from me; it has to come from her. I think there is a stigma among her generation, perhaps the immigrant mentality that says something must be wrong. In you, like admitting that you are sick. You cannot be a normal person and need a therapist. There is definitely this point of view.”

Leung is open about “not having a lot of relationships” with his parents. In the past, he’s talked about their initial opposition to his chosen job, and I wonder if they’re now impressed with his career. After all, Leung has been in the profession for 24 years. He first appeared as a villain opposite Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in the 1998 action movie Friends rush hour Since then, he has traversed the musical genres, playing a smart electronics store owner in the Edward Norton comedy Keep the faith (2000), a police detective committed to a horror film saw (2004), the abrasive and satiric Miles Strom in Losta character who became as beloved as the originals despite joining the show in its fourth season (2008).

Given Leung’s success, you would think that his parents might have watered down his chosen career. He told me they “didn’t ask him questions” about his job. “My dad is retired now, but he was a high school teacher, and a lot of his students would know me and ask him to get them autographs, and that was the only time we touched on the topic of me as an actor,” he says. “They may be watching things – I have no evidence that they do.” He smiles sadly. “Even though I had Lost An action character, and they’ve actually made it out of that.”

Leung’s life has gone through many changes in the past decade. First, in 2015, he became a father, something he says has dramatically changed his outlook on his job. “When [my son] He was so young, we used to go where I used to shoot together,” explains Leung, who lives in Brooklyn with his wife. “But then he started school, which means he can’t follow me. This is always a consideration now. My first questions, as I get closer to a potential job, are: Where is she? how long is it? Will they allow me to travel back and forth? “

Ken Leung plays the volatile and hot Eric Tao in ‘The Industry’

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And then, in 2019, Leung’s younger brother Kevin tragically drowned in Thailand. That year, while waiting to film scenes for a failed pilot, Leung began writing an essay about his brother and the turbulent struggle he endured to get his body home. The result was Posted in GQ last year. Leung told me he started jotting his thoughts after thinking “Someday my son will ask about it and what will I remember?” It took him two years to write. “I remember that period was so beautiful because it went with me wherever I went – I wasn’t alone,” Leung says of the article. “miss.” Did writing about the experience make him a conclusion? “You know, I don’t want to wrap up with it; I wish I hadn’t finished with it.”

Here, Leung’s thoughts drift back to his childhood. He mentions the memory of playing in the back garden with his best friend Gerard. He says that they, like most guys, would pretend to be Batman and Superman, and Leung recalls two characters who thought it “didn’t make sense” for him, a Chinese-American boy, to play. Now, in a time filled with superhero movies, characters like Black Panther and Shang-Chi – who didn’t get their own movies when Leung was growing up – are top of their own. Finally, different cultures are highlighted. While Leung was happy with the change, he’s also ambivalent about how well it has worked.

“My kid can see Shang-Chi, and instead of Batman and Superman, he can pretend to be him, which is a dream come true. But I have mixed opinions.” It’s kind of fun, but I’m sick of it. What we’re talking about is undoing centuries of mentality, and that really requires it. We live in an age where businesses and my child’s school now have a diverse program. Whether that’s true or not is a whole other question.” He wonders if these diversity programs are “doing anything” or whether they are just “nonsense” designed “to avoid getting people into trouble.”

Part of Leung’s boredom stems from the fact that, after a quarter of a century in his career, he still gets offered martial arts related projects solely because of his Asian heritage. “Will the world view us as something that has nothing to do with martial arts?” He asks profusely. “Why does this still happen? Why do I—a non-martial artist—continue to periodically go through the things I’m supposed to know? Well, there is a lot of internal work to be done. I know we do it in public, but that’s not where we are.” The work has to happen in it.”

One of the advantages that distinguishes Leung is the above-mentioned Miles in Lost; The role was created especially for him after models Damon Lindelof and Carlton Coss saw his memorable guest role in soprano. (Leung appeared in the Season 6 episode of “Remember When” as Carter Chung, a patient with anger issues who befriends Junior, played by Dominic Chianese, at a psychiatric center.) They immediately dreamed up the role of Miles and called Leung’s agent. A year later in 2008, he made his debut in the fourth season of the show, and remained a part of the series until its conclusion in 2010. Rumors of a Lost The deck reboots periodically, and considering – spoiler alert – Miles makes it alive, Leung will likely get the call just in case. It will be a welcome call.

Ken Leung joined the fourth series of Lost as Miles in 2014, and has become a fan favorite star of the series.


“I would love to go back to Hawaii,” he said, visibly excited by the potential client. “When I think of LostI don’t think of the show as much as I think of Hawaii. But I guess it depends on where they want to take him and who he’s going back. I know there was an idea coming up about Miles and Sawyer [the character played by Josh Holloway] will have a real detective-style episodic, but this would be so special that it wouldn’t feel continuous Lost. But on the face of it, sure. There is nothing about him Lost Where it appears, “I don’t want to do that again.” So yeah, maybe.”

In the highly unlikely event that acting dries up, would Leung be willing to channel his inner Eric Tao into a career in finance? “No, no, no… I was going to be killed.” Laugh. “After season one, some journalists were asking me for financial advice and they didn’t believe me when I told them they were literally asking the wrong person. If they followed my advice, they would lose a lot of money.”

The Industry returns to BBC One at 10.40pm on 27 September. All episodes of Season 2 will be added to BBC iPlayer on the same day

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