connectVideo ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ beats industry expectations
Top Talkers: the film adaptation of the bestseller “Crazy Rich Asians” take the first spot in the box office.
Constance Wu is the preparation for playing a struggling heroin addict in an emotional and dramatic film, this passion project may well be the reason that she was frustrated about her TV show, “Fresh off the Boat,” renewed for another season.
Last week, the 37-year-old actress found herself in the middle of a social media storm after her expletive-ridden Twitter rant about the ABC series’ back for a sixth season. “So angry that I am literally crying. Ugh. F – k,” she wrote in a tweet. “F – the king of hell,” said the other.
When she apologized the next day, Wu explained that they “temporarily disturbed . . . not because I dislike the show, but [because] the renovation meant that I had to give up another project that I really excited about.”
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The Post has learned that Wu has been working on the film “you and Me” for years with the producers. It was scheduled to go into production after “Hustlers”, who Wu just finished filming with Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B.
“You and Me” was announced for the first time in 2016 and would be the debut film for Brooklyn-based writer-director Cho-Jennifer Suhr. Wu was scheduled to play an addict has with her estranged sister on a road trip from Iowa to Alaska, looking for their mother.
A source close to the project told The Post that the producers are still hoping to make the film with Wu, but now they do not know when they will be able to move forward.
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Wu has also in discussion to star in a romantic comedy, co-produced by actress Elizabeth Banks, about a woman who is pregnant with two babies by two different men.
These roles would have given Wu exactly the opportunities she craves: a redefines how Asian American actors are seen in Hollywood.
“[Wu] indicate that there are multiple faces an Asian-American,” said William Yu, a creative strategist and screenwriter. “And so long, this is not recorded on camera, with Asian Americans is relegated to the sidekick or negated buddy that do not contribute to the narrative in a real way.”
Constance Wu appeared unhappy her ABC sitcom “Fresh Off The Boat” was renewed for a sixth season. Wu wrote, “No, it is not” in a since deleted tweet Friday, May 10, 2019, in response to a fan that the name of the renewal is “great news.”
Yu garnered mainstream attention in 2016 with his #StarringJohnCho social media campaign, in which he modified posters of movies directed by white men — including “The Mars” and “London Has Fallen” — to show what Korean-American actor John Cho would look like the stars.
He followed this with #SeeAsAmStar, for which he on top of Wu’s face on Scarlett Johannson in a trailer for “Ghost in the Shell.”
After reading the script for “you and Me”, which he calls “heart-warming, with many emotional moments,” Yu said, “It’s interesting because Constance has [committed] four projects with a very different tone.”
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Wu has already contributed to the face of Hollywood by co-starring in “FOTB” — the first Asian-American sitcom since Margaret Cho’s short-lived “All-American Girl” in 1994 and 2018 of the huge hit’ Crazy Rich Asians.” That movie, which raked in worldwide box office revenue of $238 million, increased Wu’s big screen leading lady.
In 2017, the actress was named one of Time 100 Most Influential People, and Lena Dunham wrote in the magazine about how Wu is using its influence on the development of: campaigning around the country for Hillary Clinton, and to speak out against Casey Affleck — who has been accused of sexual harassment — was nominated for an Oscar.
“She is outspoken about the causes she cares about and will hopefully encourage more Asian-American actors, producers and directors that they have a right to say that the voice — even when some people may say that it is not the most convenient thing to do — for the camera,” says Yu.
Just for Wu fame on “FOTB,” she was an actress struggles and so poor that they had built tens of thousands of dollars in debt.
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The ABC series, based on chef Eddie Huang’s memoir about growing up in the ’90s Orlando, Fla., gave her a starring role as the stern, Jessica, the mother of three boys, and showed her star power. She is able to at once charm and shutdown a funny company with an icy gaze.
She is a supporter of the show, which first broadcast in February 2015, even if Huang has thrown away, calling it “pasteurized,” and say that the characters had been “castrated” and “exoticized.”
Wu was born and grew up in Richmond, Va., by the Taiwanese immigrants. Her father is a biology and genetics professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and her mother is a computer programmer.
The second youngest of the four sisters, Wu quickly found a way to distinguish themselves by doing community theatre. Her first role was in “The Wind in the Willows.”
She graduated with a degree in fine arts from SUNY Purchase in 2005 and was admitted to the speech pathology graduate program at Columbia but decided to go with acting.
She spent the next decade landing small parts on shows like “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Torchwood” and the soap opera “One life to live.”
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A source who has worked with Wu described her as “driven and ambitious,” adding, “She really wants fame . . . but she is very insecure. She has a real need to be worshipped.”
Constance Wu got her big movie star break in “Crazy Rich Asians.” According to a new report, she almost could not make the film because of her “Fresh Off the Boat” filming schedule.
And sometimes, apparently, that ambition may cause chafing. Sources who have worked with her desire to be the actress who takes herself and her dream that is so severe, it can sometimes lighten up and have fun.
As Page Six revealed last week, Wu’s behavior has led to tensions on the sets of “FOTB,” “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Hustlers” insiders are calling the actress irascible, cold, and rude.
They also say that, during the filming of “Crazy Rich Asians” in Singapore and Malaysia, they hardly socialized with the rest of the cast, including Henry Golding, Awkwafina, and Ken Jeong, who would go drinking and sing karaoke every night.
A source who was on set told The Post: “Everyone stayed in the same hotel, and one night I saw a woman with rollers in her hair and wearing pajamas and a smile on her face, with a bag of oranges, a walk through the hotel.
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“I realized that the Constance. Then the rest of the cast came bowling in the lobby, talking about where they went, and it was quite clear that they are not a part of that.”
Back in Los Angeles, where she lives with her pet rabbit, Lida Rose, Wu still no public romance because, allegedly, in the break with Ben Hethcoat — a TV director, she started to see around 2011 — 2016. But she did refer to a friend as recently as September last year.
Wu, who declined to comment on her behavior at The Post, told The Guardian in 2018 that she is very impulsive and reactive.”
“I don’t think anything through . . . I’ve always been a person who is a kind of pronounced, but no one knew who I was,” she said. “Now I have this weird thing called fame . . . but if you have it, you can just as well use it for something good. And the best thing I think I can do is help strengthen the voices of people who are not heard.”
Ironically, Wu almost had to “Crazy Rich Asians”, because it was in conflict with her “FOTB” schedule.
But they lobbied director Jon M. Chu and got him to move filming dates to accommodate her.
Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez movie “Hustlers” in West Nyack, new york
“Before [‘Crazy Rich Asians’], which I had not done a small part in a studio film,” Wu has tweeted. “I never dreamed that I would get to shine in one . . . because I had never seen that happen to someone who looked like me . . . The reason we do this is for the performance, for the quality of the story. When you love, you can’t lose.”
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She is slated to star in the film the two sequels — “China Rich Girlfriend” and “Rich People Problems” — which are considered film back. However, insiders told The Post that there are potential problems as the producers have yet to find a production partner in Asia.
In fact, “Crazy Rich Asians” is actually bombarded in China on the December release, taking in just $1.2 million, according to Variety. For comparison, Sony’s “Venom” $111 million in China.
Wall Street Journal film reporter Ben Fritz told NPR that this was in part because “it is really an Asian-American story. It is very much not an Asian story, and certainly not for a Chinese story.”
All this makes it a bit difficult, The Post is told, for the filming of the sequel in Hong Kong, where much of the second sequel is set.
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Still, Asian Americans — indeed, American movie fans, period shout for the series’ return.
Last week, Wu’s blue Marchesa dress from the first film was donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington. Director Chu told the Los Angeles Times that he has seen that mothers make replicas of it for the little girls and that “it was a Cinderella dress for the people.”
Yu hopes Wu’s own Cinderella story turns into more of a “Rocky” story.
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“The multiple roles that the different nature of the experience that people of Asian descent can play,” he said, “it shows that you take the bull by the horns of your own career — as Constance.”
This article originally appeared on Page Six.