Shintani was discovered by Shallow Hal‘s co-director Peter Farrelly as Shintani strummed his ukelele outside a library in Hawaii. Farrelly immediately cast him in the film starring Gywneth Paltrow and Jack Black. Shintani went on to become a local legend following his performance of “Never Forget Where I’m From” in the film. It turned out to be the only role of his career. Here’s a clip of Shintani in Shallow Hal.
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