Looks like Ken Jeong made a smart move when he quit his career as a doctor to pursue comedy in his late 30s.
Now 43, Jeong is a part of the billion-dollar “Hangover” franchise and reaping the rewards.
For the third instalment of the successful trilogy, Jeong earned a reported $5 million paycheck — a hefty amount for playing a little comic relief.
“Ever since ‘Hangover,’ my life went from black-and-white to Technicolor,” Jeong tells The Hollywood Reporter.
“From the moment I jumped out naked from that trunk,” adds Jeong, “everything just changed.”
Before landing his “Hangover” role, Jeong was a stand up comedian whose big break was playing a doctor in Judd Apatow’s 2007 flick “Knocked Up.”
It was that gig that landed Jeong the opportunity to audition for “Hangover” director Todd Phillips.
“I really improvised a lot in that audition,” recalls Jeong to THR. “I was in character, screaming and yelling. I remember Todd saying: ‘This guy is insane. I must hire him.'”
Jeong currently appears on NBC’s “Community” and has six film projects in the works.
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