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  • -My next guest is a fantastic actor who you know from

  • films like "Crazy Rich Asians" and "The Gentlemen."

  • His latest movie, "Monsoon," is available in virtual cinemas

  • and on demand on your favorite streaming platform.

  • Here is Henry Golding, everyone.

  • -Hey! -Oh, come on!

  • It is so great to see you. -What's up, Jimmy?

  • -Ah! Thank you so much for coming on the show.

  • You look great, buddy.

  • Before we start the interview, I just want to say,

  • I wish you were in person so I can say congratulations,

  • because you and your wife, Liv, are expecting a baby!

  • -We are! Our first. Man!

  • I made the most out of quarantine, you know?

  • -Yes! -We got there.

  • -That's great!

  • -It's literally the only time that we've spent longer than

  • two or three months together without traveling.

  • So, I think a lot of people were like,

  • "This is the time you've got to concentrate on family.

  • This is the time where you reconnect."

  • And we just made the most of it.

  • We're so excited.

  • -We need good news these days. This is such good news.

  • Honestly, you're gonna be the best dad.

  • Congrats on that. -Oh, I appreciate it.

  • -Before we talk about your movie, "Monsoon,"

  • I want to ask you about another movie you're starring in,

  • "Snake Eyes."

  • It comes out next year. -Mm-hmm.

  • -Snake Eyes -- this is from -- Anyone who knows "G.I. Joe."

  • I was into "G.I. Joe" growing up.

  • Probably a little bit too late.

  • I think my parents had to be like,

  • "Okay, you're too old for this."

  • But I was watching every day after school and into it,

  • into the cartoons.

  • I had all the action figures. -Damn!

  • -And now -- Wait.

  • So, is this like an origin story?

  • -So, this is -- Yeah, it's Snake Eyes' "G.I. Joe" origins.

  • We start all the way from the beginning

  • to get to the core of who this guy is.

  • It's super-exciting.

  • -This is a giant, giant, giant action movie.

  • -Oh, yeah.

  • -I mean, was it "Gentlemen" that got you into the --

  • everyone was like, "Oh, he can do action great"?

  • -They definitely went out on a whim for me.

  • Like, they had no idea I could achieve any of this.

  • -Did you know that you could achieve it?

  • -Luckily, like, my movement's pretty good.

  • I've been boxing for a little while and a bit of Muay Thai.

  • But it put me through my paces.

  • We had like four hours of choreography every single day.

  • We had two hours of script work, then like an hour of P.T.

  • For literally 2 1/2 months, I could not sit on the toilet

  • and I could not -- Well, and if I made my way to the toilet,

  • I couldn't get up from the toilet.

  • Literally, my legs were in ruins.

  • -Really?

  • -But it was worth it, because I became a weapon.

  • I'm not going to lie. -Yeah.

  • You actually brought us footage of you rehearsing

  • some of your fight scenes

  • and you cleared it with Paramount,

  • so thank you for doing this.

  • -I know. This is a world exclusive.

  • Nobody has seen anything, apart from a photo from behind.

  • -Here's Henry Golding training for "Snake Eyes."

  • Look at this.

  • -Hey! -Oh!

  • Yeah! Come on, dude! -Yeah!

  • -Oh, my gosh! Oh! And face! Yes!

  • Oh, my gosh! -You've got to do the look-away.

  • You have to do the look-away.

  • If you look at the fallen bodies on the floor, it's not cool.

  • You've just got to, like... -Of course.

  • You walk away from the explosion like it didn't happen.

  • -Exactly! -It's right behind you.

  • It's over.

  • That was -- I mean, Look at the work that just went into that.

  • That's one scene in the movie. -I know.

  • A little different from Nick young of

  • "Crazy Rich Asians."

  • So I'm super-excited for everybody to see this.

  • Sadly, you know, with everything going on,

  • we had to move it from this October to next October,

  • but it's going to be great.

  • -Next October, "Snake Eyes" will be in theaters October 2021.

  • Thanks for brings that footage. I'm so psyched about that.

  • Let's talk about "Monsoon."

  • It is out now. -Hey!

  • Can you tell everyone what it's about?

  • -Yeah. It's about a young man who's Vietnamese

  • but grew up in the U.K., much kind of like my story

  • of being Malaysian and growing up in the U.K.

  • -Yeah.

  • -He finally finds his way back to Vietnam.

  • And a lot of time when you go back to your motherland,

  • you kind of feel this sense of like,

  • "Oh, I'm going to feel a connection.

  • I'm going to be home."

  • But a lot of the time and more often than not,

  • there's a sense of alienation.

  • You don't speak the language.

  • You don't understand the culture.

  • So what would or should feel like coming home

  • feels very, very weird.

  • So, it's a young man delving into his past,

  • his history, and trying to find kind of his true identity.

  • -Wow! I know that before movies, didn't you host a travel show?

  • -That's right, yeah. -I remember you saying that.

  • Did you ever try to connect to your roots or find out,

  • you know, where exactly --

  • -You know what the greatest thing was?

  • When I was doing all the journalism for the travel shows,

  • I actually brought my camera and I sat my parents down,

  • and, through the filter of a camera, they just open up,

  • because, like, talking to face-to-face is

  • so difficult sometimes.

  • So when you kind of make it into an interview,

  • something else in their brain kind of triggers,

  • and they're like, "Oh, I better tell the truth" or

  • "I better tell, like, the entire story,

  • not the convenient truth."

  • -Wow!

  • -So, I did that and I have this, like, beautiful footage

  • of my parents letting me know -- like, telling me

  • how they met, what their lives were before.

  • And it's so difficult to get that out of them sometimes,

  • you know?

  • -You know who's really going to benefit from this?

  • Is baby. It's the best. -Yes.

  • -That's so true. -Oh, buddy, that's so cool.

  • -I'm going to store this interview.

  • -Yeah! This is the opener. -Play it in the crib.

  • -Yeah. Just add the name in later.

  • Like..."Enjoy the clip of your dad talking to his parents."

  • You can add that in post. You put that in post.

  • I want to show everyone a clip of Henry Golding in "Monsoon."

  • Take a look at this.

  • -I mean, there are some parts that remind me of

  • the Vietnam I grew up in, mainly the poorer parts,

  • like that street behind the hospital.

  • -When we first met, you said it was your first time here.

  • -Did I?

  • -Yeah. You did.

  • -I lied.

  • Sorry.

  • -Why?

  • -Keep it simple.

  • -You just can't get enough of me, can you?

  • I have that effect. [ Both laugh ]

  • -Henry Golding, everybody.

  • "Monsoon" is available in virtual cinemas and on demand

  • on your favorite streaming platform.

-My next guest is a fantastic actor who you know from

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Henry Golding Became a Weapon While Training for Snake Eyes

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/20
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