*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
Like most of the internet, I spent holiday break hearing about Bird Box, watching Bird Box and then raving about Bird Box to anyone who would listen. And while Sandra Bullock’s performance was nothing less than outstanding, there was another actor I couldn’t help but applaud: BD Wong.
You likely recognize the 58-year-old actor from his iconic role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Dr. George Huang, or maybe from Mr. Robot or all of the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World movies. Make no mistake about it, Wong has been hustling since his first TV movie in 1983 (a gem called No Big Deal), but Bird Box is his crowning achievement.
Wong plays Greg in the film, a kindly man who’s married to an absent architect and is being sued by the film’s non-demon villain: Douglas (John Malkovich). It’s Greg who insists that Mallory (Bullock) takes refuge in his home (despite Douglas’s insistence that they leave her to die) and Greg who sacrifices himself so the others can live. Not only that, he also forgives Douglas’s thinly veiled homophobia and the fact that he’s suing Greg and his partner just because they want to build their dream home.
Wong’s character is a foil rarely seen in the standard thriller—a gentle and good person who doesn’t fit the stereotypical mold of characters who are killed off early—and he plays him with aplomb. Of course, Bullock is the actual star of the film, but Wong is a very close second.
In case you’re one of the few who hasn’t yet: Watch Bird Box now.