A Korean-American actor in his mid-thirties who plays the older brother, Binh, in The Hamlet. He dislikes the young actor playing his younger brother, Danny Boy, because the boy tends to upstage him. Yoon is the best-known actor on the set, an “Asian Everyman” who has worked mostly in television. People tend to recognize him without knowing his name. He has “generically handsome features” and an overpowering smile. He is best known for a highly popular and recurring television commercial selling Sheen, a brand of dishwashing soap. The slogan that he utters in the commercial is “Confucius say, Clean with Sheen!” Otherwise, he has had small roles in films with major stars, such as Frank Sinatra, that usually involve him being killed by the lead white actor. He has an extensive death scene in The Hamlet that he hopes will lead to an Oscar nomination. Yoon is gay and, during the filming of the movie, makes a pass at the narrator. Yoon is also an alcoholic.
James Yoon Character Timeline in The Sympathizer
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