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How Sung Kang Became Han for the Fast and Furious Franchise

Ahead of F9, the series' breakout star talks fighting for his place in Tokyo Drift, finally getting #JusticeForHan, and the moment he knew this character was "way bigger than me."

by | June 21, 2021 | Comments

With Sung Kang’s highly anticipated return to one of the world’s biggest franchises in F9, Fast and Furious fans may finally be getting #JusticeForHan. But what does the man who plays Fast favorite Han think of the fan campaign to bring him back and make things right? And how did he go about shaping the mysterious snack-happy drift king into one of the most beloved characters in one of Hollywood’s most beloved film series? We sat down with Kang to dig into just that.

In this exclusive and extended breakdown of Han’s journey in the films, Kang reveals how he worked with director Justin Lin to bring a standout character from Lin’s indie hit, Better Luck Tomorrow, into the Fast world; how the duo had to convince the studio it was the right move to make Han a bigger player in Tokyo Drift; what it means to play an Asian-American character that has inspired so many fans; and, yes, why Han snacks so damn much.

Plus, Kang reflects on the #JusticeForHan campaign and the fans that revved it up, and the moment he realized that the impact of this character “is way bigger than me.”

F9 is in theaters Friday June 25, 2021. 

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