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Exclusive! Heroes Star to Host Studio 60!

Masi Oka's bid for world domination continues....

Courtesy of Ask Ausiello:

The Heroes breakout time traveler will play himself in an episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Per my spies, Masi

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Masi Oka will be on Jay Leno on January 3rd,2007!

Golden Globe nominee and star of NBC's Golden Globe-nominated drama "Heroes," Masi Oka, will be stopping by "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on January 3. Fans of the hit series won't have to wait until it returns on Monday, January 22 (9-10:00 pm EST/PST) to get a glimpse into the future as Oka bends time by bringing an exclusive clip from episode 12: "Godsend."

Courtesy of Heroes_tv.com

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Here's a fun video to watch while waiting for the show to return!

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I was flipping through channels on the weekend when I came across the 1998 movie GODZILLA, starring Matthew Broderick.

I'd never seen that movie (nor wanted to), but I left it on for a minute because I was busy with something else.

Well, to my surprise, 2 Asian characters are chased onto the screen by the big monster, and one of them is Masi Oka!

His lines were both to the effect of "but not THE Godzilla, which is copyrighted", or something like that. (Maybe someone who knows this movie will remember, and be better able to quote it.

I checked it out on the IMDB, but he does not have that movie listed on his page, nor does he appear in the cast of characters on the movie's page. However, there are a few characters added which have "uncredited" after their names.

Since I had heard that the movie was a bomb (No, I didn't watch the rest of the movie to find out for myself!) maybe he is embarrassed to list it as part of his portfolio?

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Well, to my surprise, 2 Asian characters are chased onto the screen by the big monster, and one of them is Masi Oka!

His lines were both to the effect of "but not THE Godzilla, which is copyrighted", or something like that. (Maybe someone who knows this movie will remember, and be better able to quote it.

I don't know about that one, but there is always this gem of a clip from Austin Powers featuring Masi and ...."not Godzilla"! :animated_rotfl:

Not Godzilla

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You know what, Kayo? That was the clip I saw that time!

Like I said before, I was flipping around the channels that day. I think both movies were on at the same time, on different stations, and I just happened to be watching the GoldMember channel when that clip came on, then I flipped back to the actual Godzilla movie.

That is so hilarious!

I even remember thinking to myself how strange it was that they had put that comedic bit into an otherwise non-comedic movie.

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;) too funny!
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Hiro's 'Heroes': NBC's wonder boy

Courtesy of Sun Times written by Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn

April 22, 2007

LOS ANGELES -- He's one of the breakout stars of this television season. But before his Golden Globe-nominated turn as Hiro Nakamura, the tech geek turned rudimental superhero on ''Heroes,'' Masi Oka almost gave up acting.

Five years of bit parts on comedies like ''Reba'' and ''Reno 911!,'' and a recurring stint on ''Scrubs,'' proved limiting.

''I realized there weren't characters being created for my type because Hollywood tends to have a narrow vision with regards to Asian Americans, or Asians in general,'' says the 32-year-old Tokyo-born actor. He finally decided the solution was to start shopping his own scripts.

''I figured if no one is going to create stuff for me, I need to create stuff, at least for other Asian actors.''

Then he got the pilot script for ''Heroes.''

''They were looking for someone who was fluent in Japanese, who had a comedic background and who had American television experience,'' he says, on break at a restaurant near the Sunset Gower Studios. ''It was like a destiny.''

The fate of his bespectacled, cherub-faced time traveler will be revealed when the NBC freshman hit returns for its final five episodes of the season at 9 p.m. Monday. Fans finally will learn if Hiro can, to borrow from his now-popular catch phrase, ''Save the cheerleader, save the world!''

''Everything's going to be great, that's all I can say,'' Oka says, carefully slurping spaghetti noodles. He can't muss his navy gi and hakama, the uniform he wears in a kendo (Japanese fencing) scene with George Takei (of ''Star Trek'' fame) who guest stars as Hiro's father, Kaito Nakamura.

''We just got the season finale script and a lot of questions get answered, a lot of loose ends get tied up,'' he says.

Of course, he adds, some new questions are raised as a setup for season two.

Hiro has become one of the most popular characters on the show, which pulls in an average 14.6 million weekly viewers. And on the show's active Web site, Hiro's blog generates hundreds of fan comments each week -- a response that doesn't surprise series creator-executive producer Tim Kring.

''Hiro was really the only character from the beginning who embraced his powers with a certain amount of enthusiasm and zeal, and I think that's what set him apart early on,'' says Kring, who hired Oka for the series having never spoken a word of English to him.

''He was cast completely in Japanese, so I never even spoke to him until we brought him to the network,'' he reveals. ''It was almost like experiencing an actor in a silent movie. You key into different kinds of facial expressions and the energy of the character; you're experiencing him on a whole other kind of level.''

Oka wasn't so sure that audiences would go for a character whose lines are all subtitled.

''I thought it was inconceivable,'' he says. ''I was just very fortunate to have the audience embrace him with such enthusiasm."

It's Hiro's enthusiastic optimism and childlike fervor Oka likes most.

''He's wide-eyed. He's an adventurer,'' says Oka. ''He's someone who was stuck in the monotony of being a cubicle office worker thinking there's got to be more to life, and he never gave up on that dream. I'm fortunate to live variously through Hiro and live out my dream.''

This isn't Oka's first time in the spotlight. He landed on the cover of Time magazine at the age of 12 for being an Asian whiz kid. With an IQ of 180, he majored in mathematics and computer science at Brown University, where he also minored in theater.

''It was just me trying to break out of my own comfort zone,'' he says about his turn to performing. ''It was a great way for me to learn about human nature, learn more about myself. ... And I love the idea of using both sides of the brain.''

After graduation, he went to work as a digital special-effects artist at George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic studio.

''I got kind of burnt out after my first big project, 'The Perfect Storm,' '' says Oka, ''and I was thinking, I've got to give acting a try while I'm only responsible for myself. If it doesn't work out, I could always tell my grandchildren that grandpa gave it the old acting try, and look at me now, I'm a couch potato.''

That he'll be vegging out any time soon seems unlikely. In between 13-plus hour days on ''Heroes'' and moonlighting for ILM as a consultant, Oka still finds time to write. His favorite genre? Romantic comedies.

''Love and laughter are two themes that are universal,'' says Oka, an admitted romantic who's looking for his soul mate. ''I'm ready for a meaningful relationship versus the not-so-meaningful relationships I've had in the past.''

Perhaps time will be on his side.

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