Easter Sunday star and EP Jimmy O. Yang on receiving a blue light from Steven Spielberg [Interview]

You have been a part of several milestones for the Asian community in Hollywood, “Fresh Off the Boat”, “Crazy Rich Asians”, “Love Hard”, now “Easter Sunday”. How does it feel to take on roles that represent the community in such big ways?

God, that’s great because it’s more than just a job. It really feels like these movies have a purpose and whenever it succeeds it just opens the door further for the younger generation, for the next writer, the next storyteller, and for them the opportunity. opportunity to tell more of these stories. And I think that’s interesting, isn’t it? None of this is game over. All is just the beginning. It all just leads to the next thing more and more exponentially, so I hope this continues. And I hope [that “Easter Sunday”] is successful, but also [that] it opens the doors to the future of storytelling and representational art out there.

But it’s also a very common story, isn’t it? A good portion of the audience can connect with this movie, even if they are not Filipino.

YES. I think back to the old days, even when I was just starting out in comedy, just in this past era, like we were all afraid to be specific. We’re like, “Oh, we have to put it in this formula.” You’ve never seen it before, so you can’t do it. But now with movies like “Crazy Rich Asians” and hopefully “Easter Sunday,” you’re hoping to break down those barriers and say, “Damn, no, we might as well be profitable, too. We can also do everything, if not better.” [We want to] continue that fight and motivate people with action and with these amazing movies to tell your true story. I think that’s very important.

On the subject of what they used to do during the day, “Easter Sunday” is a bit counterintuitive in the sense that studios used comedians and built comedies around them a lot. than at that time. Do you think “Easter Sunday” is a return to that pattern?

Man, I hope so, man. I miss all those movies. It’s like Eddie Murphy, and then you have Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder’s comedic duets starring together, right? I love that and I hope you bring it back. Comedians stand up, we sell tickets. We’re going to be funny on stage, but it seems like some of the best actors are stand-up comedians, so I hope this pushes that forward from a comedy standpoint. funny.

It’s almost like the pre-Marvel cinematic universe. Comedy fans have joined Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, or Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan.

YES. Hey, maybe there’s going to be a Filipino cinematic universe.

Dante Basco throws down with Jo Koy in the next movie.

Seriously, that’s it, man. Any.

Lou Diamond Phillips is the referee.

It’s like it’s happening [in “Easter Sunday”]. That’s Lou Diamond. It was Tia Carrere. That’s Lydia Gaston. These are legends.

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