Since Vincent Zhao (趙文卓) blasted Donnie Yen ( 甄子丹) for his domineering ways on the set of Special Identity <特殊身份>, Donnie maintained that Vincent did not speak the truth. Appearing at a charity event with his wife, Cecilia Cissy Wang (汪詩詩), yesterday, Donnie expressed disappointment in Vincent’s testimony, which may be considered to be defamatory in nature. Donnie stated that he reserved the right to pursue legal action over the defamatory allegations.
On March 15th, Vincent’s shocking interview with the Chinese media was released, in which he lambasted Donnie’s “tyrannical” behavior on the set of Special Identity. According to Vincent, script revisions involving his character were made without his approval. This violated a clause found in Vincent’s filming contract, in which he was currently considering suing the production team of Special Identity.
At the charity event yesterday, Donnie’s assistant distributed written statements to the media which stated that Donnie reserved the right to sue for defamation. Despite Vincent’s criticisms towards Donnie’s work ethics, Donnie has been succinct in his replies over the matter. Donnie stated that he was disappointed, while maintaining that Vincent did not speak the truth. “I will not say too much, otherwise it will become a scolding war.” Since Special Identity will need to be re-filmed, time will be of utmost importance.
Vincent and Donnie’s rift shocked worldwide fans who had eagerly anticipated their collaboration in Special Identity. Many fans left messages on Vincent’s Weibo blog stating that they did not wish to see their favorite action stars in a bitter scolding war. Overall, fans expressed their support towards Donnie as well, with the exception of a minority of fans. An angry fan left a message on Donnie’s Weibo blog crying, “Garbage! Dog! Be careful that you will not be struck by lightning!”
Despite the backlash that resulted from Vincent’s criticism, Donnie maintained a calm presence and continued to work hard in filming Special Identity. At the charity event yesterday, Man of Tai Chi star, Keanu Reeves, was also present. Donnie expressed that he was Keanu’s fan and was happy to meet him for the first time. Asked whether meeting Keanu pacified his mood, Donnie replied, “My mood was not affected all along.”
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Jayne: I don’t think Vincent will have much to say over the matter from now onwards, as he already told everything in his interview. Donnie is not reacting to the claims in an angry manner….