Fresh season, please: Actor Randall Park

Fresh season, please: Actor Randall Park
Randall Park plays the patriarch in hit TV series Fresh Off The Boat, which also stars Constance Wu and Hudson Yang.

Death threats and strong criticisms have killed the careers of many.

But not Korean-American actor Randall Park's, who was at the receiving end after he satirised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in last year's controversial film, The Interview.

In fact, the hoopla became a silver lining for Park, who was cast to headline hit US sitcom Fresh Off The Boat.

Speaking to The New Paper on the phone from Los Angeles, Park said that he has no regrets despite the flak surrounding the earlier movie.

He said: "I have no regrets being in The Interview, as it was my first time starring as a main character in a big studio film."

The LA native previously had small parts in movies like Neighbours and Sex Tape, as well as in TV series like Veep and Community.

He added: "All those crazy threats were completely unexpected and unfortunate... We just wanted to make a good, fun movie. I loved it."

The Interview, which also starred James Franco and Seth Rogen as journalists plotting to assassinate Mr Kim, was branded as "an act of war" by a North Korean official.

It also sparked a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures - which released the movie - and resulted in the leak of many embarrassing, headline-making e-mails between its executives.

The Interview eventually saw a limited release in the US last December. It was never released in Asia.

Park, 41, brushed off the death threats hurled at the movie's cast, calling them "insane" and said he never felt threatened or feared for his life.

Fresh Off The Boat, however, was much better received.

It is based on the memoirs of Taiwanese-American celebrity restaurateur Eddie Huang, and Park plays Huang's father Louis, a Taiwanese immigrant whose family struggles to adjust after moving from Washington DC to Florida.

Constance Wu plays tiger mum Jessica, with Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen cast as their sons Eddie, Emery and Evan respectively.

The show received rave reviews when it premiered in the US in February and it quickly became a hit among US audiences - something that never ceases to amaze Park.

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