Do Kid Actors Ruin Action Films?
Yesterday a list went up on Ranker touting “The 7 Most Annoying Kids in Action Movie History,” and I was not, in the main, surprised by the choices. Edward Furlong in Terminator 2, Jake Lloyd in Star Wars Episode I, and Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds are all deserving of fan contempt. But there’s one name on the list that I cannot get behind, not at all.
I’m speaking of Jonathan Ke Quan, he of Short Round fame in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (“Feels like I step on fortune cookie!”). Ranker put him at number three on their list, but I maintain that the kid’s fucking great. Moreover, he has an almost unblemished, if abbreviated, record as a child actor: he did Temple and The Goonies and then effectively disappeared from the big screen. Today he works as a stunt coordinator, which is perhaps another reason not to bad mouth him.