After a successful run at Fox, 21 Jump StreetIts cast has continued to find a place in entertainment.
From 1987 to 1991, the crime drama introduced viewers to many stars, including Johnny Depp, Peter DeLuiseAnd Holly Robinson PeeteThe series centered on undercover officers investigating crimes in high school and college. The hit series was ended after five seasons. A short-lived spinoff was created called BookerInformation about Dennis Booker (Richard Grieco).
Later, a film adaptation was made. Jonah HillAnd Channing Tatum2012 saw the return of the beloved series to the big-screen. The film featured cameos from Depp and Peete as well as DeLuise in a sequel. 22 Jump Street.
More than two decades later 21 Jump StreetNguyen spoke out when it was first presented about bringing Harry Truman Ioki, the trailblazer, to life.
“I remember some of my peers, talking to them while I was doing 21 Jump Street and they expressed a lot of frustration, sharing with me about the really bad dialogue and all the clichés [they were being offered],” the actor told TodayIn June 2022, about being a part of the popular TV series.
He continued: “I just had one of those moments like, ‘Oh my God, I’m on this show, and I have none of that.’ I just love the way the character was written. I’m very fortunate where I never was in a position where I felt like I was portraying something that was uncomfortable.”
Nguyen’s highlight moment was his opportunity to play a role that represented the Asian American community. “I got kind of spoiled because after I left the show, then you’re kind of back out there and you’re like, ‘Oh man, I had a really good thing,’” he continued. “I don’t sit and think about ‘I’m a pioneer’ and this and that — you’re just focused on getting another job to keep working — but it means a lot to me.”
The legacy has been praised by the filmmaker, too. 21 Jump Streetable to leave behind. “It was actually very progressive back then. I was just kind of ignorant in terms of the significance until the show became a hit and people would start saying, ‘You’re one of the few, if not the only, Asian American leads on a mainstream TV series,’ and that hit me kind of hard,” he shared.
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