Your Nerd Side (Francois Chau)
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François Chau (born October 26, 1959) is a Cambodian American actor. He is known for his roles as Dr. Pierre Chang in ABC's Lost,Quick Kick on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Dr. Chang in the film 21 & Over, The Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, and in 2015–2018, as industrialist Jules-Pierre Mao, a recurring character in Amazon's The Expanse.
Chau has had a number of diverse roles, playing Chinese, Japanese and even Hmong characters, most notably as Dr. Martin Ng in the American sci-fi series Gemini Division, and as Dr. Pierre Chang in 17 episodes of ABC's Lost.
Chau has also taken on a number of smaller TV roles. He has appeared as Koo Yin, a Chinese consul in the drama 24 and a Chinese diplomat in Stargate SG-1. He was the voice of Quick Kick on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and Dr. Shen in XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and he portrayed Lieutenant Winston 'Vagabond' Chang in the Wing Commander III and Wing Commander IV video games. He was the voice of Sensei Ishikawa in the Ghost of Tsushima video game.
Chau has appeared as a guest star in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., The Unit, NUMB3RS, ER, Baywatch, Alias, Shark, Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy, JAG, Medium, The X-Files, Last Man Standing, and NCIS.
He was also featured in Chris Brown's music video Fine China, the 2013 film 21 & Over, the television film 9/11: The Twin Towers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, where he physically played The Shredder.
His latest projects have included a Syfy production, The Expanse, starring as recurring character Jules-Pierre Mao, father of main character Julie Mao, and a recurring role as Arthur's step-father Walter on The Tick. He has also appeared in the Disney Channel spy-action comedy, K.C. Undercover, where he plays Zane, an evil villain who kidnaps K.C. and threatens to kill her family, due to a checkered history with them.
Chau portrayed mob-boss Mr. Keo in Cathy Yan's live action DC adaptation of Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie.
Chau appeared on The George Lucas Talk Show during a fundraiser where various guests appeared for a marathon of the entirety of the seventh season of the HBO series Arli$$. In 2019 he starred in the science fiction horror film The Honeymoon Phase.
Sportskeeda says Nike is releasing a new sneaker inspired by the Batman villain The Joker. The shoe is white and green and has a purple swoosh. The $110 Joker sneaker is going to be released in the next several months.
Disney Unveils Real-Life Lightsaber: Sky News says Disney Parks chairman Josh D'Amaro stunned a crowd the other day at the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. He was speaking to Disney fans when he unveiled a real life lightsaber. A blue light shot up from the saber's handle when Josh turned it on. It is the most realistic looking lightsaber yet.
Tom Cruise tells the Phase Zero podcast that he was never up for the role of Iron Man. "Not close. I love Robert Downey Jr., and I can't imagine anyone else doing that role, and I think it's perfect for him.”
HITC says Pedro Pascal, star of ''The Last of Us'' and '' The Mandalorian'', was recently spotted at Starbucks. He ordered a coffee with six shots of espresso.
The Internet reacts ...
“Apparently Pedro Pascal’s Starbucks order is six shots of blonde espresso with ice and nothing else!! is this man okay????”
“As a barista, I am both intrigued and concerned by Pedro Pascal’s Starbucks order. What are the effects of all those shots?” said another.
“But mostly why so many? “Is this man being hunted by Freddie Krueger and can’t catch a nap? I need answers.”
“I don’t care how much I love Pedro Pascal I will not be getting his Starbucks order just to be sent to the ER 15 mins later,” someone else wrote.
“Straight espresso is already crazy but SIX SHOTS? I’d be found dead with that much caffeine in my system.”
The Irish Mirror says Rebel Wilson and Ramona Agruma are talking about having a fairytale wedding at Disneyland. A source tells the newspaper, Rebel is a die-hard Disney lover and they are really considering having their dream wedding there. It is definitely their happy place and Rebel still feels like she is living a real-life fairytale.’’
Hugh Jackman tells the BBC that he damaged his vocal cords by growling when playing Wolverine. “My falsetto is not as strong as it used to be and that I directly put down to some of the growling and yelling. My voice teacher in drama school would’ve been horrified by some of the things I did in Wolverine. We learned a technique [in school] of how to shout and how to yell without ruining your voice. However, during Wolverine, I did some screaming and yelling and things that I think did damage to my voice. I’m working on it. I work with a singing teacher and I try not to hurt myself. I put a lot of effort into both physical movement and my vocal preparation for every role.”