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Korean Singer Eric Nam Shows Support To Fellow Asian Artists; Helps 'Crazy Rich Asians' To Achieve #GoldOpen In The US

by Jessica Rapir / Aug 18, 2018 01:49 AM EDT
Korean-American singer Eric Nam shows support to fellow Asian artists by promoting 'Crazy Rich Asians' to achieve #GoldOpen. Photo by Eric Nam Official/Facebook

Korean-American singer/host Eric Nam is showing his full support to his fellow Asian artists. Nam bought a theater screening of Crazy Rich Asians to support a US campaign to see the romantic comedy movie achieve a "gold open" in the country.

The singer invited all family, friends, and his fans to watch the movie with him for free at a theater in his Atlanta, Georgia on a first come, first serve basis. In a social media post, Nam said revealed he had bought an evening showing of the movie so many could watch it for free. He also explained his reason why he is supporting Crazy Rich Asians.

"Because we're tired of being under and misrepresented in mainstream media and we want decision makers to understand that WE ARE HERE, WE ARE ABLE, WE ARE INFLUENTIAL AND WE ARE IMPORTANT.

We're not just tech geeks, math nerds, and ninja assassins. We are brilliant, beautiful, sexy, hot, and much more. The success of Crazy Rich Asians is about US. OUR community," the 29-year-old artists wrote on Instagram along with the invite for the 6 p.m. local time screening on August 16. The movie opens in theaters in the United States on August 15 and has been given an average grade of "A" on CinemaScore's A+ to F scale.

Eric Nam is not the one celebrity who is aiming for the success of Crazy Rich Asians. About 200 celebrities and organizations are buying out cinema showings and promoting the movie online with the hashtag #GoldOpen. Among the Asian supporters of the film are Olympic medalists Alex and Maia Shibutani and Family Guy writer Teresa Hsiao.

Nam is one of today's most the famous faces in South Korea's entertainment industry. He hosted several TV shows including After School Club and its spinoff, The ASC After Show, from 2013 to 2016. He also appeared in MBC's Section TV where he had interviewed some of the A-listers in Hollywood.

The singer was named one of GQ Korea's Men of the Year for 2016. He was also honored by Forbes Magazine in its 2017 30 Under 30 Asia as one of the celebrities who use their name to make a difference. Eric Nam is the founding director of Kollaboration Boston chapter, a nonprofit organization that promotes Asian-American talents across the U.S.

Meanwhile, Crazy Rich Asians has grossed $5M on its opening day. It was earlier projected to gross $18-20 million over its five-day opening weekend. But it was later adjusted to $23M-$25 million after PostTrak exit polls show 85 percent overall positive reviews, 4 1/2 stars, and a 68 percent definite recommend ratings, Deadline reported.

Crazy Rich Asians is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Singapore-born author Kevin Kwan. The rom-com movie follows a young Asian American woman who travels to meet her boyfriend's family, only to find out they are one of the richest in Singapore.

The movie has an all-Asian cast. It stars Constance Wu as Rachel Chu and Henry Golding as Nick Young. Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh is also in the movie along with Lisa Lu and American rapper Awkwafina among others.

 ️To all my fans, friends and family in ATLANTA️ My brothers and I have decided to buy out a showing of the new movie CRAZY RICH ASIANS. DATE: THURSDAY AUGUST 16 at 6 PM LOCATION: AMC PARKWAY POINTE 15 (where we used to watch movies on the weekends) WHAT: FREE ADMISSION to Crazy Rich Asians! Ticket pickup is first come, first serve and you should sign up and read details @ http://www.wbtickets.com/CRAAtlanta (link also in bio) Why? Because we’re tired of being under and misrepresented in mainstream media and we want decision makers to understand that WE ARE HERE, WE ARE ABLE, WE ARE INFLUENTIAL AND WE ARE IMPORTANT. We’re not just tech geeks, math nerds, and ninja assassins. We are brilliant, beautiful, sexy, hot, and much more. The success of Crazy Rich Asians is about US. OUR community. This is about directly impacting our future and futures of generations to come. To be the first full Asian cast movie in 25 years is absolutely INSANE. SO! Let’s pull together as a community and SHOW UP. The Nam brothers hope that we’ve made it just a little bit easier for you all to do so and to join in. And no, you don’t need to be Asian to watch this movie, enjoy the showing, or be a part of this movement. The more diverse the merrier. Hope you enjoy the movie! #CrazyRichAsians #GOLDOPEN A post shared by  에릭남 Eric Nam (@realericnam) on Aug 15, 2018 at 8:45pm PDT

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