Actor Ke Huy Quan’s acting comeback has been one of the biggest film stories of 2022. Just minutes ago, the “Everything Everywhere All at Once” star won the Golden Globe for his work in that film and is the front runner to win the best supporting actor Oscar.
It marks a return to acting for the former child star of “The Goonies” who has spent years working as a stunt coordinator and assistant director. He now also has roles in Joe and Anthony Russo’s “The Electric State” feature along with the second season of Marvel’s “Loki” and the action comedy series “American Born Chinese”.
Would he ever return to his most iconic role though, that of Dr. Henry Jones Jr’s young friend Short Round in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”? In a heartbeat, says the actor.
Speaking with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, he discussed the possibility of a “Willow” style revival:
“I love the character of Short Round. He’s funny and courageous and saves Indy’s ass. If Disney or Lucasfilm ever come to me and say, ‘We want to do a Short Round spinoff,’ I’m there, man. I love that character so much, and it would just be incredible to revisit so many years later.”
Asked what Short Round might be up to 38 years later, he says:
“I have no idea where he is. Your guess is as good as mine. Just because he looks after Indy so much, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was an archeologist.”
The talk comes as the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones movie, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” is being billed as Harrison Ford’s final outing as the Dr. Jones character. Ford and Quan reunited backstage at Disney’s D23 convention in September, with a photo of the reunion spreading like wildfire across the internet.