Toronto Star TV critic moonlights as an extra in Frankie Drake Mysteries

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The correspondence over the next few weeks did nothing to quell fears. If I showed up on a particular Tuesday I could be a chef or even a “King Mah-Jong player!” read an email from another publicist. This did not bode well.But at some point I realized this wasn’t a slight; it was an opportunity. After all, following in the footsteps of just about every minority actor seemed a great way to start a conversation. I sent my reply: “I’m practising my Chinglish!”READ MORE Tony Wong, left, and fellow extra William Chong, right, with actor Russell Yuen. Wong and Chong play a helper and patron of a Chinese benevolent society while Yuen plays the head of that society in the Frankie Drake Mysteries episode airing Jan. 8. (SHAFTESBURY) Twitter Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement I wasn’t sure whether to be flattered or offended. After all, I wasbeing offered a role on the new CBC series Frankie Drake Mysteries.“You can play a waiter in a Chinese restaurant!” the publicist cheerfully suggested.After years of interviewing Asian American actors such as John Cho (Star Trek), Eddie Huang (Fresh Off The Boat) and Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken) about the lack of Asian representation in movies and television, playing an ingrained stereotype lacked appeal, to say the least. I had also, in the past, pointedly called out Canadian television producers for making racist comments. So maybe I wasn’t the best candidate.last_img read more