Sessue Hayakawa (早川 雪洲, June 10, 1889 – November 23, 1973) was a Japanese Issei actor who starred in American, Japanese, French, German, and British films. Hayakawa was active at the outset of the American film industry. He was the first Asian actor to find stardom in the United States and Europe. He is the first Asian American as well as the first Japanese American movie star and the first Asian American leading man. His “broodingly handsome” good looks and typecasting as a sinister villain with sexual dominance made him a heartthrob among American women, and the first male sex symbol of Hollywood, several years in advance of Rudolph Valentino. During those early years, Hayakawa was as well known and as popular as Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, although today his name is largely unknown to the public.
His popularity, sex appeal, and extravagant lifestyle (e.g., his wild parties and his gold-plated Pierce-Arrow) may have fed tension within segments of American society and led to discriminatory stereotypes and the desexualization of Asian men in American productions, something that continues to today in Modern Hollywood, as exemplified by the controversial character of I.Y. Yunioshi in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Hayakawa refused to adopt the negative stereotypes. He abandoned Hollywood for European cinema and there he was treated equally. Hayakawa’s friendships with American actors led him to return to Hollywood. He was one of the highest paid stars of his time, earning $5,000 per week in 1915, and $2 million per year through his own production company during the 1920s. He starred in over eighty movies, and two of his films stand in the United States National Film Registry. Of his English-language films, Hayakawa is probably best known for his role as Colonel Saito in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai, for which he received a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1957. He also appeared in the 1950 film Three Came Home and as the pirate leader in Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson in 1960. In addition to his film acting career, Hayakawa was a theatre actor, film and theatre producer, film director, screenwriter, novelist, martial artist, member of the French Resistance, and a Zen master.
“Hope concert in Gwangju 2009, Jaejoong met Yunho’s parents and got scolded by them. Even though Yunho’s mother still said that Jaejoong was so beautiful, clever, intelligent and respectful, well-behaved, they still didn’t allow YunJae. It is just because Jaejoong is a man. Then, Jaejoong was so sad, cried hard and wanted to say goodbye (again and again). When singing “Don’t say goodbye”, Jaejoong cried. At the backstage of the Hope concert, Jaejoong always tried to avoid Yunho.”
Cause I don’t wanna lose you now I’m lookin’ right at the other half of me The vacancy that sat in my heart Is a space that now you hold
Show me how to fight for now
It’s like you’re my mirror My mirror staring back at me I couldn’t get any bigger With anyone else beside of me And now it’s clear as this promise That we’re making two reflections into one Cause it’s like you’re my mirror My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me
I just had this fearful thought: What if River Song never comes back?
I cannot with the that possibility, guise.
Can we tweet @suevertue and @bbcdoctorwho and anyone else you can think of on twitter/tumblr to remind them we want her back? In case they’re on the fence, y'know? I feel like we should do something at this point. (and after the Anglophenia Fan Favourite Woman of 2013 win, I think us fans can do anything!)