What you see isn’t exactly what you get with Chin Han. The professionally trained dancer and theater veteran made his Hollywood debut in the 2008 hit The Dark Knight, opposite Heath Ledger and Christian Bale. After a 20-year acting career, the Chinese American actor, 41, pulls double duty in two film releases this fall, the Steven Soderbergh action thriller Contagion and Gus Van Sant’s Restless.
ISSUE: Fall 2011
DEPT: Plugged In
HED: Chin Han
STORY: Shirley Lau
Mega set: [The Dark Knight] was my introduction to Hollywood and seeing movies operate on that scale. When I was younger, my brother and I would always read these graphic novels [so] when I got to do [the film], it was really, really cool.
Favorite project: I produced a musical, based on Ang Lee’s The Wedding Banquet, a couple years ago. We managed to tell the story we wanted to tell and I fulfilled my dream of probably be producing a musical, which is a creature unto itself.
On my bucket list: I actually like love stories, which is why Restless was kind of special to me. I better do one of those movies before I get too old. (Laughs) I like the interior landscape of the human heart as much I like to do big-budget action movies.
– Shirley Lau
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He’s already been dubbed as one of Asia’s 25 greatest actors of all time and has two films releasing in September. Chinese-American Chin Han (Dark Knight) has been in the entertainment industry for more than two decades and has had his fair share of time both in front of the camera and behind the scenes as a producer. For the Winter 2011-12 issue, we’re featuring Han in the Personalities section, so be sure to check out the scoop on what Han thinks about his long run (and it’s only just beginning) as an actor and what he sees in his future. Until then, here are some snapshots of Han’s life in Hollywood.