Vincent Zhao Puts Behind Dispute with Donnie Yen; Vincent Invited to Appear in “Ip Man” TV Drama
In March, Vincent Zhao (赵文卓) blasted Donnie Yen (甄子丹) publicly for his domineering ways on the set of Special Identity <特殊身份>. After being forced out of the movie project, Vincent felt indignant and lambasted the film’s production crew for their unethical conduct. Although both parties considered the option to sue, Vincent’s anger appeared to have quieted down, putting his dispute with Donnie Yen behind him.
Vincent did not regret airing his disagreement with Donnie Yen publicly. He said, “I did what I was supposed to and was grateful for all the support received.” After venting and expressing his injustice publicly, Vincent did not dwell on further destructive feelings. Last week, at the 19th Annual Student Film Festival awards ceremony, Vincent said, “This incident is already in the past. My current spirits are quite good.”
Vincent also announced that he will be partaking in several Chinese-American collaborations in the future.
However, were fan discussions regarding Donnie and Vincent’s dispute ready to end yet? The martial arts stars’ rivalry have sparked heated debate in online communities, especially on Weibo, causing divisions among Vincent Zhao versus Donnie Yen’s fan camps.
Furthermore, current plans were underway to produce an Ip Man <叶问> TV drama in mainland China. Director Fan Xiaotian (范小天) indicated that he had the intention to invite Vincent Zhao to star in the drama, although the final casting for the titular character has not been decided yet. The drama is slated to begin filming in June 2012, with a broadcast date in 2013.
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Jayne: It would be ironic if Vincent Zhao were to appear in the “Ip Man” TV drama, although it appears as if the director may invite him to play another character and not the role of Ip Man.
Perhaps the drama will focus on Ip Man in his younger years and feature a younger star. I just saw Wu Chun in “My Kingdom” and he has such magnetism; physically he might suit the role well.