During an appearence on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show on Wednesday, August 15th, in New York City, the actor told the host that he “tried not to audition” for his part as Nick Young in the brand new film, Crazy Rich Asians.
The 31-year-old actor revealed that he didn’t have a single credit behind his name before he was cast as the lead. According to the actor – in an ever-so-humble way – the director, Jon M. Chu, chased him down for the role, because he supposedly thought he was perfect to portray Nick.
“Jon pretty much sent the hounds on me,” the actor remarked. During his chat with the host, he said the director had sent a number of different emails asking him to audition, to which he repeatedly said no, and also added he wasn’t an actor.
Mr. Golding explained that he hoped the studio would find somebody better than him who was more suitable as a performer.
In case you haven’t seen it, Crazy Rich Asians, released on the 15th of August, has been praised by critics thus far, especially the actors and actresses, Constance Wu, and Awkwafina.
Critically, the film has been met with praise from critics, but also condemnation from journalists for its lack of diversity, considering it’s an all Asian-American cast.
For example, a few critics didn’t like the casting of Henry Golding for the lead, who is a biracial man, stemming from Malaysian and English descent.
John Lui, a reporter for The Straits Times, attacked their decision to cast Golding, who supposedly only has “one drop of Asian” in him: enough for Hollywood to consider him as an Asian person.
In response, Golding said what Mr. Lui said was quite hurtful, considering he spent the vast majority of his life living in the continent, and – according to Golding – Mr. Lui believes that doesn’t make Henry Asian enough.