Rain gets ’Biggest Badass Star’ award

  • Published : Jun 7, 2010 - 20:24
  • Updated : Jun 7, 2010 - 20:24

Hallyu star Rain took home the MTV Movie Awards Biggest Badass Star trophy on Monday morning for his performance in the Wachowski Brothers’ martial arts flick “Ninja Assassin” (2009), making him the first Korean star to nab the honor.

“Wow. Amazing. I appreciate it,” Rain a.k.a. Jung Ji-hoon, clad from head to toe in black, said while accepting his award: an iconic cup of gilded popcorn.

The award was presented to him by two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, action star Jackie Chan and “The Karate Kid” sidekick Jaden Smith.

The 27-year-old kept his speech short and sweet, kicking it off with a joke: “They told me I was nominated for the Badass award so I’ve been working out.” 

When the laughter meter fell short of his expectations, he said: “Why so serious? Enjoy. Thank you so much. Thank you.”

His blood-hungry ninja beat out major contenders “Wanted” actress Angelina Jolie, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” heartthrob Channing Tatum, “Clash of Titans” hunk Sam Worthington and “Star Trek” hero Chris Pine.

With winners being selected by the general public via cyberspace, the win is a sign of the fan base the K-pop star has amassed, either for his stunning acting prowess, his picture-perfect abs, his vocals or all of them.

Just moments before Rain nabbed his win, Korean-American actor Ken Jeong got his award for his riotous performance in the sleeper hit “The Hangover” (2009).

Jeong won Best WTF Moment for his turn as Las Vegas mobster Leslie Chow, a nod to the scene where he jumps out of a car trunk in the nude and whoops ass. He was also nominated for Best Villian but lost to “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” actor Tom Felton.

The comedian appeared in a string of movies, including Judd Apatow’s hit “Knocked Up” (2007) and according to director Michael Bay’s website (www.michaelbay.com), is set to appear in the director’s third “Transformers” movie. 
Rain accepts the MTV Movie Awards’ Biggest Badass Star trophy Sunday night in Los Angeles for his role in “Ninja Assassin.” Yonhap News

The expletive-loaded fun fest that was the 19th annual MTV Movie Awards aired live from Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Since its inception by the American cable television network MTV in 1992, this awards ceremony has set itself apart from the more formal and somber Academy Awards and Golden Globes by catering to the younger generation, relying on the voting power of the masses and mixing things up with light-hearted parodies.

By Jean Oh  (oh_jean@heraldcorp.com)