Byung-hun Lee made his English-language debut opposite Josh Hartnett in the 2000 noir thriller I Come with the Rain, and entered the Hollywood fray in G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, facing off against Channing Tatum with more gusto than a movie based on an action figure line deserves. A decade later, he has a foot in two massive movie industries, a face his dedicated Tumblr acolytes slap on anything and everything (Byung-hun Lee-branded mug, anyone?), and enough momentum to play fifth or sixth fiddle in American blockbusters.
With Southeast Asia playing an increasingly vital part in worldwide box office goals, there's a pressure for a nonwhite Brad Pitt to emerge from the Hollywood talent pool. Byung-hun Lee is the obvious answer, and the evidence is accessible. See his 2002 body-swap thriller Addicted on Hulu, Joint Security Area and Terminator Genisys on Amazon Prime, Kim Jee-woon's wild Western The Good, the Bad, and the Weird on Netflix, and The Magnificent Seven, currently in theaters. Maybe buy your Byung-hun Lee mug in advance -- you'll be one of us by the end of your marathon.