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The Real Star of ‘Hangover 2′: Ken Jeong

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a huge fan of Ken Jeong (“The Hangover,” “Role Models,” “Community”) and am really delighted that he will appear this week in “Hangover 2.”  Jen Chaney has a fascinating interview with him in today’s Washington Post, about dividing his time between his medical practice as an internist and doing stand-up at comedy clubs until his break-through role in “Knocked Up,” and about making “The Hangover” as his wife, also a doctor, was getting treated for breast cancer.

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“I am totally uninhibited at the risk of making myself look idiotic,” he admits.  But that’s what Todd Phillips, director of “The Hangover” movies, cites as Jeong’s greatest asset. “Ken has fearlessness almost more than anybody I’ve ever worked with,” he says….”That whole experience of ‘The Hangover,’ for me, was therapeutic,” he says. “It was my primal-scream therapy.”

 

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