“Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu was reportedly kicked out of a New York screening of “The Farewell” that he sponsored himself in support of Awkwafina.
Last week the filmmaker announced on Twitter that he bought out a theater for a Saturday screening of the movie as part of the #GoldOpen movement, which aims to ensure opening weekend success for films featuring people of color.
Free movie in NYC!! I Loved @theFarewell so much, I bought out a theatre to share it with YOU…Tickets on me, first come first serve. Come join me at 3.45pm THIS Saturday 7/20 at AMC Lincoln Square. Can’t wait to meet you all. #GoldOpen @awkwafina @thumbelulu @a24 @goldhouseco pic.twitter.com/aZ8Y5CxVNa
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) July 19, 2019
Instagram user antoniowhoo narrated on his Instagram story that an unexpected turnout resulted in some pretty awkward situations during the screening at the AMC Lincoln Square in New York City.
— Gold House Collective (@goldhouseco) July 20, 2019
Chu resolved the influx of viewers by buying even more tickets for another film showing using his credit card in order to accommodate as many as possible.
Despite the hiccups, Chu remained very accommodating to fans, entertaining individual fans who wanted to meet and take photos with him. Chu even surprised the attendees with a special live appearance with actress Awkwafina as the film’s end credits rolled.
According to Whoo, he later learned that Chu had been kicked out of his own screening earlier due to some unfortunate circumstances.
“Our generous benefactor who bought an entire theater and a half worth of tickets was kicked out of his own buyout,” Whoo wrote.
Whoo narrated that some attendees failed to adhere to their assigned seating, which resulted in Chu losing his assigned seat while he was out meeting with fans.
Chu opted to stand in the back of the theater to watch along with the attendees as the movie started playing. However, it did not take long before a security guard approached him and kicked him out for being a “hazard.”
Whoo went on to share how well Chu handled the situation:
“Not once did the famed director – responsible for grossing hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office and flush from inking a new deal with 20th Century Fox – complain that despite buying hundreds of tickets, he could not have his own seat next to his wife. The man was fully prepared to stand up for two hours.”
Whoo continued to praise Chu for his gesture, even making a case for elevating him to “Keanu Reeves status for compassion, thoughtfulness, and humility.”
Whoo then ended his post by inviting his followers to support Chu’s next film “In the Heights.”
Chu would later tweet about the success of the screening:
What a great turnout today 4 @thefarewell in NYC !! Thank u to everyone who showed up in the heat, & stood in line to support @thumbelulu’s masterpiece. Also @awkwafina made a surprise appearance 🤯Please tell ur friends/family/strangers 2see the film this weekend! #GoldOpen @A24 pic.twitter.com/UfJaHMXFN8
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) July 20, 2019
Whoo, co-founder of Asian Soups Delivery service Nomz, also supported a Gold Open screening for “The Farewell” sponsored by the Gold House Collective earlier this month.
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#Gold Open . Sponsored by @goldhouseco , @yking333 and many more, @eatnomz is proud to support the #GoldOpen of “The Farewell” and offer the @eatnomz community a limited quantity of complimentary tickets. . A Sundance Film Festival favorite, “The Farewell” starring Awkwafina (Nora Lum) is premiering this Thursday and currently has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating (!). . The movie explores themes of unfamiliarity, disconnect, family and joy when an Asian American travels back to her ancestral country to be with her ailing grandmother (full synopsis below). . To request complimentary tickets, please complete two items: (1) Share this post or tag two people in the comments; (2) Fill out the short registration form in the bio link. There are several screenings available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. . First come, first serve with preference given to Nomz customers. Congratulations and good luck to director Lulu Wang, Nora Lum (Awkwafina) and Tzi Ma on their upcoming premiere! Continuing our support of Crazy Rich Asians, Searching, Burning and Sun is Also A Star, Nomz is proud to champion underrepresented narratives in film, food, culture and beyond. . Film Synopsis: A headstrong Chinese-American woman (Awkwafina) returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep Grandma in the dark about her own illness as they stage an impromptu wedding to see Grandma one last time. . Based on director Lulu Wang’s true story. Starring Awkwafina and Tzi Ma. . #TheFarewell #GoldOpen #EatNomz #EatCleanFaster