Before his roles in Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Interview, and Always Be My Maybe, Randall Park had a small role on The Office–which he completely forgot about.
Speaking to Conan O’Brien, the actor, who now appears in WandaVision, recalled that he filmed his brief opening scene for the Season 9 episode of The Office in just an hour. He left the set in a good mood but then completely forgot about it when the episode actually aired.
Park played the character “Asian Jim” as part of Pam’s prank on Dwight. Because Park forgot he filmed this scene, he thought he was the victim of a hate crime when people yelled out to him, “Asian Jim!,” when they saw him on the street.
“I was in and out in an hour and I thought, ‘That was really fun.’ And then I just completely forgot about it. And then, several years later, I’m like walking down the street and this car drives by and a guy yells, ‘Asian Jim!” and drives off. And I’m thinking, ‘Is this some racist thing that I don’t know about?'” Park said.
“I thought it was a hate crime because I had forgotten about my appearance on The Office. People would be walking up to me and saying, ‘What’s up, Asian Jim?’ And I’d be like, ‘F**k you!'”
Park’s latest role is Agent Jimmy Woo on WandaVision. The show’s final episode of Season 1 is set to premiere on Friday, March 5.