Ke Huy Quan and Brendan Fraser have an emotional Encino Man reunion over 30 years later

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Ke Huy Quan and Brendan Fraser attend Champagne Collet & OBC Wines’ 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards celebration at Fairmont Century Plaza on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

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Awards season darlings Ke Huy Quan and Brendan Fraser are catching up for the first time in decades!

At the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards on Sunday night, the Everything Everywhere Everything at once star, 51, reflected on seeing Fraser, 54, for the first time in “nearly 32 years”, as they both took home awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor respectively.

“It was great to see him again. I love him The whaleQuan told reporters from Fraser, who he starred with in the 1992 comedy Encino man, in the press room after accepting his award on Sunday. “What a powerful performance.”

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Quan noted that Fraser “give me a big hug and put his arm on my shoulder” when they “saw each other for the first time in 30 years”, as both actors emerged as award season contenders for their 2022 film comebacks.

“He put his hand on my shoulder and he said this, he was still there,” Quan told reporters of his reunion with Fraser. “I’ll never forget those three words and it’s actually true.”

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“For me, I can’t believe I’m still here,” added Quan, referring to how much time has passed since then Encino man. “It’s been a wild ride since that movie came out.”

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Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan attend the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at the Fairmont Century Plaza on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan attend the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at the Fairmont Century Plaza on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

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Quan and Fraser’s careers crossed when they made each other Encino man. Fraser’s starring role in the film as an unfrozen primitive human man who fell into the 1990s helped jump-start his acting career, while the film proved to be one of Quan’s last appearances on camera before resurfacing in the film. Everything Everywhere Everything at once.

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Even after Quan won another trophy at the 80th Golden Globe Awards last Tuesday, the actor admitted to reporters that he was “so, so nervous” when he arrived at the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday.

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Ke Huy Quan and Brendan Fraser attend Champagne Collet & OBC Wines' celebration of the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

Ke Huy Quan and Brendan Fraser attend Champagne Collet & OBC Wines’ 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards celebration at Fairmont Century Plaza on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

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“My heart is still pounding,” the actor said of the experience. “I just think, every time I think about it, of those years when I struggled. It’s so complicated. I don’t know, my mind, it’s so hazy now.”

“I can’t believe I won this,” Quan continued. “I can’t believe I won Golden Globes on Tuesday. It’s incredible. I really do. I don’t know what to say other than I feel very happy and very grateful. And I thank [Everything Everywhere co-directors] the Daniels so, so, so much.”

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Receiving his award on Sunday, Quan commented that his “comeback story could have been very different had it not been for the critics”.

“Not only did you help audiences find our little movie, but you also helped audiences remember who I am,” the actor said of Everything everywhere. “I am so grateful to you for that.”