Set to premiere on March 23, John Wick: Chapter 4 will see Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen (甄子丹) join the cast that includes Keanu Reeves and Hiroyuki Sanada, as a blind killer in boundary-pushing fight sequences!
Calls Out Lack of Press Report on China’s Strengths
Interviewed by the press, the 59-year-old shared how he has visited many countries, which allowed him to make comparisons of these with China. He then pointed out how China’s modern image is never picked up in reports by Western press, “Whether (it is) the development of highways or buildings, or the convenience of daily living, these countries are not as advanced as China, but media outlets like BBC, CNN do not ever report on these,” Having given up his US citizenship, the action star said that he is currently in China.
Initiated Changes to His Character’s Name, Clothes
As one of the most sought-after Chinese film stars in Hollywood in the recent decade, Donnie expressed how he has received numerous Hollywood movie offers and has turned out films the likes of Expendables and the Superhero-themed Aquaman, on a few considerations including whether his character is too stereotyped, on whether the film respects Chinese culture, and importantly, whether the project allows him to showcase his creativity. Summing up his reasons for turning the two mega productions, Donnie shared that he would rather spend time with his family, and bluntly puts, “Not worth (me spending) my time”.
On the fourth John Wick installment, Donnie affirmed that the movie accorded him the creative space he wanted. Voicing objection to his character’s original name of “Shang” or “Chang” in the script, Donnie voiced, “Why does it have to be these kinds of names? Even the costumes are the boring Tang suits, (when) everyone in the film should be very stylish,” Eventually, Donnie’s character had his name changed to “Caine” and is seen in the trailer in a modern suit.
Asked about his once-acting partner Michelle Yeo unlocking ceilings for Asian artistes in Hollywood with her sweep of prominent acting awards, Donnie expressed that he is elated and said, as “There will be many others like Michelle Yeoh, who regardless of obstacles or challenges, continue to keep thinking, and continue moving forward.”
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