It was a night of nostalgia and tears for Harrison Ford and Ke Huy Quan, who reunited at the U.S. premiere of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” on Wednesday. The two actors starred together in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” in 1984 when Quan was a child actor playing Short Round, Indy’s sidekick.
Quan surprised Ford on the red carpet while Ford was being interviewed and hugged him. Ford said, “You’re all grown up!” and smiled. The duo continued the interview together and shared their memories of working on the second installment of the franchise.
“I still remember the night we premiered Temple of Doom right next door and how much fun we had,” Quan told Variety. “I was 12.”
Quan also expressed his love for Short Round and his interest in revisiting the character. “Are you kidding me? I love Short Round. What a great character. I would like to think he’s following in Indiana Jones’ footsteps. It would be incredible and amazing to revisit that character,” he said.
Ford and Quan had previously hugged each other at the Oscars in March, where Ford presented Quan’s film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” with Best Picture and Quan won Best Supporting Actor. Quan had taken a nearly 40-year break from Hollywood before making his comeback in the multiverse-set movie.
“They say stories like this only happen in the movies. I cannot believe it’s happening to me. This is the American dream. … Dreams are something you have to believe in. I almost gave up on mine. To all of you out there: Please keep your dreams alive,” Quan said during his acceptance speech.
The “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” premiere also featured appearances by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and John Williams, who performed the theme song live with an orchestra. The film is the fifth and final installment of the franchise, which began in 1981 with “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.
Ford returns as the titular archaeologist in “Dial of Destiny”, which hits theaters on June 30. The film is directed by James Mangold and also stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen and Antonio Banderas.
Ford and Quan’s reunion moved fans of the franchise and took to social media to express their emotions. Some called it a “full circle moment”, while others said they were “low key crying” over it.
“Find someone who is as happy to see you as Ke Huy Quan is to see Harrison Ford,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Oh my god, Ke Huy Quan immediately running up and hugging Harrison Ford,” another tweeted with a sobbing emoji.
“Indiana Jones” is one of the most beloved and iconic movie series of all time, with a loyal fan base that spans generations. Ford and Quan’s reunion showed that the bond between them is still strong after nearly four decades and that their characters will always have a special place in our hearts.
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