Crazy Rich Asians is a pretty perfect romantic comedy. From its unbelievably hot cast to the sweet romance at its heart — and ALL THOSE CLOTHES! — I wasn't left wanting much more after seeing the Jon Chu film. But now, months later, I feel "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray," as Ja Rule would say, since apparently we've all been denied a number of steamy sex scenes featuring Nick Young (Henry Golding) and Rachel Chu (Constance Wu).
While chatting with Vulture at the Women in Film Oscar Party, screenwriter Adele Lim revealed the rom-com was initially heavier on the "rom," but was tweaked to be a little more PG after a few rounds of drafts on the script.
"When I did my first draft of the movie, the producers and director Jon Chu made fun of me because I had all these hot, steamy, getting-it-on scenes," Lim explained. "That's the kind of writer I am, which is true — but also, it's a bigger thing. It's a movie for women and we never see Asian men in that light. Give the people what they want! Sometimes people don't know what they want until they see it, and walking across are perfectly chiseled abs. And I'm like, yes."
Uh, Henry Golding or Pierre Png's chiseled abs? Sign me (and every other human being with working eyes and a pulse) up. In addition to Lim, the script was cowritten by Peter Chiarelli and adapted from Kevin Kwan's bestselling trilogy. So, with at least two more films in the works, can we expect to see some hotter love scenes going forward? Lim said they're "trying to work it out" for the next film, China Rich Girlfriend, and hopes things will only get sexier:
"I want to see that across all platforms, honestly. Somebody asked me recently: Is it about objectifying Asian men? They didn't want to use the word objectify, but I said, absolutely! Because they haven't been seen in that light before. I want to see more of it! I want it out there . . . I probably had them getting more into it than taste would allow. And I'm really glad I had restraining influences in the movie pulling it back so it was appropriate for a global audience. But no, if I had it my way, [it'd be] absolutely [sexier]. You hardly see that chemistry in the media."
I only have two words for Adele Lim: HELL YEAH. (OK just kidding, I actually have two more: RIGHT ON.) So, while Warner Bros. and Jon Chu are getting the sequel together, let's all take a walk down memory lane and check out some of Rachel and Nick's romantic moments from the first film (as well as one shirtless moment that takes place with his mom in the room . . . sorry) ahead.