The new Apple Originals podcast Magnificent Jerk tells the unbelievable story of an eccentric uncle who plays at acting and screenwriting but turns out to be a Chinese gang leader whose life ends up on screen in a low-budget action flick starring Rob Lowe in a fake mustache, according to a new trailer dropped Wednesday.
Former Washington Post journalist Maya Lin Sugarman — the guy’s niece — hosts the podcast. It debuts September 18.
Apple Originals podcast Magnificent Jerk tells Chinese gang leader’s unbelievable story
The new Magnificent Jerk podcast uncovers the real story of Sugarman’s eccentric uncle, actor and writer Galen Yuen. It comes out September 18 with two episodes on Apple TV+ and Apple Podcasts/RSS, followed by one each Monday, according to Apple.
Here’s how the streaming service described it:
Magnificent Jerk follows Lin Sugarman on a journey that starts with a box of her late uncle’s forgotten screenplays and leads to her discovering that he was a leader of a Chinese gang, that he went to jail, and, in a final twist, that he poured his incredible life story into a screenplay that was then turned into a low-budget action movie starring Rob Lowe, Burt Reynolds and Ice-T.
Rob Low, Burt Reynolds and Ice-T? Now that’s gotta be interesting. “I want to stop smoking rock … real bad,” Lowe is heard saying in the background.
Audacy’s Pineapple Street Studios produces the podcast. Maya Lin Sugarman, James Kim, Max Linsky and Jenna Weiss Berman serve as executive producers.
Get it on Apple Podcasts and Apple TV+
Apple began airing podcasts more than 15 years ago. It said Apple Podcasts Subscriptions lets listeners support their favorite creators and unlock premium experiences like early access, extra episodes and ad-free listening.
Other Apple Original podcasts now streaming include the duPont Award-winning The Line, the Webby Award-winning Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy and Webby Award nominee Hooked. Companion podcasts for Apple TV+ series include the Webby Award-winning The Problem With Jon Stewart, Foundation and For All Mankind.
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After first airing in November 2019, “Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have been honored with 299 wins and 1,451 award nominations and counting,” the service said.