Ke Huy Quan was moved to tears when Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige offered him the role of Ouroboros in Loki season 2.
The second season of Loki proved to be a wonderful addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and one of the biggest highlights (at least for me) was Ke Huy Quan as Ouroboros, the Time Variance Authority’s resident tech expert. From the sounds of things, no one loved the character more than Quan himself.
“Well, first of all, when I read the script, I instantly fell in love with Ouroboros,” Quan told Deadline. “It was so well defined on the pages, and I can see him right away. This character was not based on comic books, so it was created by our showrunner Kevin Wright and our head writer Eric Martin… I instantly wanted to play him.” After the success of Everything Everywhere All at Once, Quan got a call from his agent telling him that he would be getting a call from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and the resulting offer moved him to tears.
Now you have to understand, when I became an actor again, joining the MCU was at the top of my wishlist. I was so excited and I said, ‘Could this be it?’ I was driving. I picked up the phone. And on the other end I hear, ‘Hi Ke. This is Kevin Feige.’ He went on to talk about how much he loved our movie and how much he loved my performance. Then finally he says, ‘Ke we would love for you to join the MCU family.’ I was driving at that time. I start tearing up, and I couldn’t see the road anymore. I said, ‘Kevin, can you give me two seconds?’ I pulled the car over, put it in park and I said, ‘Please continue.’
Quan contained, “[Kevin Feige] says, ‘We have this great character for you, Ouroboros. I really love him, and I think you will be perfect to play him.’ He told me about Loki. He told me about the MCU. He spoke [with] so much passion and enthusiasm in his voice. It brought me back to the day when I met him for the very first time on the X-Men set when he was just an associate producer, and I was an assistant action choreographer…He loves this universe so much. He has such a vast knowledge of this universe. And little did I know only 23 years later, I get to work with him. I get to play a wonderful character.“
As Loki was released during the SAG-AFTRA strike, Ke Huy Quan hasn’t been able to speak about his time on the series until now. “I just want to tell everybody how proud of the show I am. How happy I am with it,” Quan said. “And working with Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, the entire Loki family has just been incredible. We made this last year in London. I was there for four months, my wife and I were there. It was one of the best four months of my life. I’ve done a few shows before, and this was the first time where I didn’t want it to end. I was so happy. In fact, I’ll tell you this. We were scheduled for reshoots this February, and I was waiting. My wife and I were looking forward to spending more time in London and with our Loki family. And all of a sudden we were told, ‘Oh, we don’t need any reshoots. It’s all good.’ I was kind of disappointed.“
All six episodes of Loki season 2 are now streaming on Disney+, and you can check out a review from our own Alex Maidy right here.
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