Gedde Watanabe as Long Duk Dong
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One of the film's most memorable stars, Gedde Watanabe's performance as foreign exchange student Long Duk Dong helped launch his career. It also drew a lot of criticism, as Dong spoke with a heavy accent and many people decried it as offensive. "I was accosted a couple of times by a couple of women who were just really irate and angry," he told NPR in 2008. "They asked, 'How could you do a role like that?' But it's funny, too, because at the same time I laugh at the character. It's an odd animal." He went on to play Hiroshi on "Sesame Street" and nurse Yoshi Takata on "ER," before taking on smaller film roles.