James Hong composes a congratulatory message for Akira Takarada, whose voice he dubbed in Godzilla King of the Monsters! Mr. Hong's message will be read during Mr. Takarada's Mangled Skyscraper Award ceremony.
Before I attended the Ib Melchior book signing, I met with veteran actor James Hong for lunch. I interviewed Mr. Hong for G-FAN magazine several years ago, but this was the first time we got to meet face-to-face. (When I asked him if he'd like to meet for lunch, he readily accepted the invitation.
A happy moment. Brett meets James Hong for the first time.
We talked about several subjects, but one in particular I wanted to discuss was the upcoming G-FEST convention, during which Akira Takarada would be awarded the Mangled Skyscraper Award. Having dubbed Mr. Takarada's voice for the original Godzilla's release in the U.S., Mr. Hong jumped at the chance to compose a congratulatory message, which he wrote on the spot. I will be proud to read this message at G-FEST.
A self-portrait to cap off the lunch. I love this shot, even if it looks less-than-professional!
All in all, it was fun to meet Mr. Hong, who has appeared in countless movies and TV shows over the years. He's always busy with convention appearances, movie/TV roles, and other projects. I was happy to share a meal with him.