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Who wants to revive the short round for an Indiana Jones spinoff?

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Ke Huy Quan’s acting comeback is sure to reach a new peak at the Oscars later this year, with the actor currently in the running to win Best Supporting Actor for his beloved performance in A24’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” But what’s next for the former child star turned awards season darling? Marvel, for starters, has Kwan’s role in “Loki” Season 2. What about a return to “Indiana Jones”? Quan is just waiting for Disney and Lucasfilm to say the magic word.

“I love the character of Short Round,” Cowan said on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast about his “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” character, which marked his first acting role. “He’s funny and brave and saves Indy’s ass.”

“If Disney or Lucasfilm ever come to me and say, ‘We want to do a short spin-off,’ I’m right there!” Quan continued. “I love that character so much and it will be incredible to see it again after all these years.”

Asked what Short Round might be 38 years after “Temple of Doom,” Cowan replied, “I don’t know where he is. Your idea is as good as mine. Because he cares about Indy so much, I wonder if he’s an archaeologist. I won’t be.”

If Cowan reprises the spin-off project in the short round, he may have to do so without Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones. The upcoming fifth Indiana Jones movie, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” is being billed as Ford’s swan song as the character. The two actors nearly broke the internet last September when they reunited for a photograph at Disney’s D23 convention. Ford was there to promote “Indiana Jones,” while Kwan appeared as a cast member of “Loki” Season 2. Kwan told The New York Times that her heart was racing when she was asked if she wanted to reunite with Ford.

“I’m thinking, ‘Sure! I haven’t seen him in 38 years,'” Kwan said. “So I get out and I see him about 15 feet away talking to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, they’re there to promote ‘Indy 5’. And my heart is pounding as I get closer. I wonder, ‘Will he recognize me? The last time he saw me, I was young.’

“As I get closer, he turns and points his finger at me, and he has that classic, famous, scruffy Harrison Ford look,” Kwan continued. “I go, ‘Oh my God, she probably thinks I’m a fan and she’s going to tell me not to come near her.’ But he looked at me and said, ‘Are you short?’ Immediately, I was brought back to 1984, when I was a kid, and I said, ‘Yeah, Indy.’ And he said, ‘Come here’ and gave me a big hug.

Ford recently told Uproxx that reuniting with Kwan was a blessing. “Oh well. Yeah, it’s great to see him,” he said before praising Kwan’s performance in “Everything Everything All at Once.”

“I got a chance to see the film,” Ford said. “He is really great in his films. And I’m so glad to see her…and what she’s become. I am very happy for him. He is also a happy man.”

Watch Kwan’s full appearance on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast in the video below.

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