The US box office hit – book-to-film adaptation – “The Maze Runner,” and its stars have found love and support on the streaming giant Netflix. Aml Ameen, who played the leader of the group Alby, and Ki Hong Lee as Minho as the lead maze runner, are both starring in hits on the international online TV shows and movie giant.
It is unclear if Ameen and Lee did this intentionally, or if the pair have the same agent. In any case, they both gave compelling and award winning performances in their action packed movie, and they are continuing great performances once more.
Ameen is part of an ensemble cast in “Sense 8.” The 12 episode series centers on people, from all over the world, who are able to psychically connect to each other through thoughts, knowledge, actions, abilities, emotions and memories. It is created by The Wachowski’s, who brought “The Matrix” trilogy and “Cloud Atlas,” among others; and J. Michael Straczynski, he created the 1990s science fiction TV hit “Babylon 5.”
Ameen plays Capheus aka Van Damme, a bus driver and owner who shuttles people in and around Nairobi. Ameen deals with gangs, competition, and helping his mother who is suffering from AIDS. Ameen plays the role innocently, and also with imbued strength and willingness to not only survive, but to be a better man for himself and his mother.
“Sense 8” has yet to be officially confirmed that it will be greenlight for a second season.
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” has already gotten a second season in its 13 episode season. From the creators of “30 Rock,” Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, it stars Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt, who along with three other women, are rescued from a doomsday cult. The four women were living in a bunker for 15 years along with their cult leader.
Kimmy decides to stay in New York City to start her life all over again. The show also stars Jane Krakowski, Titus Burgess, and Lee in a supporting role.
Lee as Dong at first plays Jimmy’s classmate in her GED class. Then they become “study buddies” because Kimmy needs help with math. Kimmy, in her innocence, does not see the racist connotations of her seeking help from Lee who happens to be Asian. The pair’s relationship grows.
In any case, Lee as Dong, who is Vietnamese and does not quite understand American culture much like Kimmy, is funny and endearing as Kimmy’s love interest. Lee is leading man material.
Ameen and Lee are making Netflix shows more worthwhile and entertaining to watch.