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Gedde Watanabe — ‘Sixteen Candles’ Then and Now

Gedde Watanabe

Then: In ‘Sixteen Candles,’ Watanabe was Japanese exchange student Long Duk Dong. It was the then 28-year-old’s big break, and two years later he starred alongside Michael Keaton in ‘Gung Ho.’

Now: Watanabe appeared in the Billy Crystal comedy ‘Parental Guidance.’ While the Utah-born actor still thinks Long Duk Dong was a funny character, he acknowledges that critics who decry it as racist and stereotypical may also have a point.

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