The director of Kong: Skull Island suffered serious head injuries in an attack in a Saigon bar last September.
In an article published this week by GQ, Jordan Vogt-Roberts says two of the men involved in the attack are men from Vancouver.
The GQ article, written by Max Marshall, started out about why Vogt-Roberts, fresh off the highly successful release of the Kong action flick, moved to Vietnam.
Then it becomes so much more.
The attack, it would seem, is a classic bar-room absurdity: one guy appears to have had a little more success chatting up a girl. Or at least, that’s the theory presented by Marshall and Vogt-Roberts.
The article details how the pair went about investigating who it was that attacked Vogt-Roberts. The approach is “Hardy Boys,” Marshall writes.
The story they weave together features names very familiar to those who have been reading about Vancouver’s drug wars over the past two decades.
Vogt-Roberts’ alleged assailants are well-known to Canadian police. One, Kenny Cuong Manh Nguyen, was released on parole in 2012. He was imprisoned for the 1999 drugs-related murder of a member of a rival gang.
Nguyen has been involved with the UN gang and was an associate of deceased gangster Gurmit Dhak.
The Parole Board of Canada granted him leave to visit Vietnam in 2015. He later called his parole officer and said he was never coming back.
Nguyen was arrested last month in India; police there allege he was involved in smuggling the drug ketamine.
They say the other attacker is another Vancouver man by the name of Billy Tran.
“He’s kind of a quiet guy, but he’s not someone to cross,” a source tells Marshall.
Anyway, it’s quite the tale and worth reading in full, over at GQ.
By Patrick Johnson