The Jurassic World star on facing ethnic stereotypes and chasing action roles
While actor Brian Tee has made it clear that his dream role is Marvela��s newly-acquired character, Namor, we have the martial arts expert in the spotlight as his blockbuster, Jurassic World, premieres on Indian TV.A�Talking to us in the midst of his shoot schedule for the NBC show,A�Chicago Med,A�the new father (of a 13-month-old baby) tells us that when he is not shooting, he is with his family because, a�?being a dad is the best thing thata��s happened to mea�?.
An avowed comic fan, theA�Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TNMT): Out of the ShadowsA�actor shares that, a�?As a kid, I was a huge fan of the X-Men and the Jurassic Park series. When I got to be a part of these franchises over the last few years, I felt like my whole life has somehow been about all my childhood dreams coming true.a�? With a penchant for negative charactersa��think Norubi Mori, Marikoa��s corrupt fiancA� in The Wolverine, and Shredder, the antagonist in TNMTa��the 39-year-old calls himself a a�?spontaneous actora�� and says, a�?I love playing the bad guy. Therea��s so much to it.a�?A�Tee essays the role of Hamada, the leader of the security outfit on Isla Nubla in Jurassic World, and agrees thatA�action-drama is his favourite genre. a�?I was a jock growing up and I loved sports. I had a huge imagination. When you put those two together, ita��s incredible and thata��s what Ia��ve tried to do in the films I pick.a�?
With a Japanese-Korean heritage and 16 years in the industry, Tee is no stranger to typecasting. a�?Despite my Asian roots, Ia��ve grown up in America, so the initial struggle was always to tell people that I am American,a�? says the Chicago-based actor.A�Conceding that things have changed, he adds, a�?I am doing Chicago Med now and I am just a doctor. Not Asian or anything else.a�?
The actor, who has worked with Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan in Jurassic World, laments the fact that he has not watched an Indian film. a�?I feel like I am missing out on a whole new side of filmmakingA�thata��sA�making waves around the world,a�? he rues. Tee points out that Khana��s Hollywood presence (he will be seen in Inferno next) is proof enough of changing perspectives. a�?You also have Priyanka Chopra, a young lady whoa��s doing such a good job on Quantico. The industry is starting to be welcoming to talent from other quarters and thata��s a great change,a�? he concludes.
Jurassic World premieres on Sony Pix on October 16
at 1 pm and 9 pm.