If you were one of the many people who complained that The Hangover Part II was nothing more than a tired retread of everything that had already been run into the ground about the original (and why wouldn’t you have been?), then it might come as good news that the makers of The Hangover Part III seem to already be taking steps to differentiate it from the first two films in the franchise. Then again, you might not end up thinking it’s good news at all.

According to THR, perennial Hangover supporting actor Ken Jeong has officially signed on to once again appear in this third film, but unlike in the first two installments, where his character’s role in the story consisted of little more than popping in and out of the action to show us his penis, this time around Jeong will see his presence greatly expanded. While details of the plot are still safely guarded, it’s known that the latest set of party fouls will send the boys to Tijuana, and this new news indicates that Jeong’s Mr. Chow will presumably be along for the ride. Could this mean that he’s in line to be officially inducted into the Wolfpack?

If so, that would certainly switch up the established dynamic of these films quite a bit, and help keep Part III from feeling as stale as the second. But, on the other side of the coin, many are of the opinion that Jeong’s Mr. Chow has been the least funny part of these films so far, as he’s offered little more than the screeching of witlessly homophobic tirades in a shrill, borderline racist voice. Would the character still have such a prominent position in this franchise if his unflattering full-frontal nudity wasn’t so shocking in the first film? Does he have more to offer than tiny penis jokes? Or could more Ken Jeong actually be the thing that assures The Hangover Part III will be the least funny, most annoying entry in this divisive franchise?

Whatever your feelings concerning the charms of Mr. Chow, a gamble has been made, and we’ll all have to wait and see if it ends up paying off.


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