So much promotion is out there about the new “Get Smart” movie but we haven’t heard much about one of my favorite “Heroes” Masi Oka.
The first time that Masi Oka became the face of Asian America was in 1987, when, aged 12, he appeared on the cover of Time Magazine for a featured story entitled, “Those Asian-American WHIZ KIDS”. Although he wasn’t featured in the article (he got on the cover because his mother was friends with the photographer) he was a brainy child with a 180 IQ.
Oka finished his schooling and attained a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Computers and Mathematics from Brown University. He landed his first job at Industrial Light and Magic owned by George Lucas. Not too shabby I should say, my first job was working at local supermarket Winn Dixie!
While his resume is long and impressive you can catch him on the NBC hit show “Heroes” as the lovable Hiro Nakamura and in this summers fun loving “Get Smart”. So for all you Heroes fan (especially me) can go to the theaters this Friday to check out his new role as Bruce, one of the pair of engineering geniuses who make up in loyalty, energy and creativity what they may lack in certain interpersonal and office skills.
Says Oka, “They’re the gadget guys, like Q to Bond. Bruce and Lloyd are passionate about their creations and proud of their service to their country. They get no respect from the other agents, of course, but between the two of them they know the truth: they’re the real heart of this operation. Without their technical know-how those hotshot agents would just be empty suits.”
The movie is released today!