An unforgettable moment unfolded at the U.S. premiere of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”, as former co-stars Harrison Ford and Academy Award-winning actor Ke Huy Quan unexpectedly crossed paths, almost four decades after their shared adventure in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”.
The red carpet of the much-anticipated installment of the Indiana Jones series lit up with pure delight when Quan, unannounced, approached Ford during an interview. As a video of the heartwarming encounter made rounds online, it showed Ford turning around to a surprised embrace with Quan, affectionately uttering, “You’re all grown up.”
In conversation with Variety’s Marc Malkin, Quan identified the event as the “largest ‘Temple of Doom’ reunion”, highlighting the presence of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and John Williams – the creators and key players who brought the iconic franchise to life. The evening was elevated when the legendary John Williams took the stage with a full orchestra, performing the iconic “Indiana Jones” theme, taking the audience on a nostalgic journey.
Reminiscing about the premiere of “Temple of Doom”, Quan, who was only 12 at the time, expressed his joy and excitement, hinting at his eagerness to revisit his character, Short Round. The on-screen reunion of Ford and Quan, who last met at the Oscars where Ford presented the best picture award to Quan’s film “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, was truly a sight to behold.
Ford expressed his joy and admiration for Quan’s recent Oscar triumph, stating, “I’m so happy for him. He’s a great guy. He’s a wonderful actor. He was when he was a little kid, and he still is. I’m glad. I’m very happy for him.”
The love and camaraderie were felt all around, warming the hearts of fans and setting the stage for “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”, set to open nationwide on June 30 from Disney. The premiere stood as a testament to the timeless bond and friendship shared by Ford and Quan, reminding everyone why the magic of Indiana Jones continues to endure.