The star received mixed opinions when he had to use stunts for martial arts scenes.
As a famous martial arts star, even though he is 59 years old, Donnie Yen always makes many people admire with his toned body and muscular muscles. On his personal page, he often posts pictures of exercising, doing push-ups to keep fit. Therefore, when the behind-the-scenes pictures of “Thien Long Bat Bo: Kieu Phong Truyen” were spread on social networks, many fans of Donnie Yen were surprised.
Behind-the-scenes photos of Donnie Yen
In chapter 14 of the original novel, writer Kim Dung described Kieu Phong like this when he first met Doan Du in a pub: “Doan Du saw this man tall, muscular, looking in his thirties, He was wearing an old gray cloth shirt, which was a bit tattered. Thick eyebrows, high nose, wide mouth, square face in the shape of the letter nation. Although it looks windy, it is full of majesty.”
However, the shape of the actor U60 is completely different from the Kieu Phong in the original novel and previous films. Not brave, majestic, this version of Kieu Phong has a modern look with her hair tied up behind. In addition, Donnie Yen also repeatedly revealed a tired look on the set. Through the lens of reporters, he is often seen sitting in a daze after martial arts scenes.
Actor caught using a stunt
Notably, the clip circulating on Weibo also shows Donnie Yen using a stuntman. This person wears a costume similar to a Chinese star. On.cc page reported, the actor is no longer healthy to perform high-intensity martial arts movements. To ensure the recording progress, the film crew decided to have the stuntman “Ip Man” in the distant scenes, not seeing his face.
Previously, Donnie Yen made a “wave” on social networks when filming the scene where Kieu Phong hugged A Chau with support from outsiders. While co-star Tran Ngoc Ky was placed on a stretcher, held by two staff members, he just put his hand around the beauty’s head and legs. The camera only takes the upper body angle, making it feel like Donnie Yen is really hugging his co-star. Then, the crew will do post-production editing, removing stretchers and staff to show a wider view than the full body.
This caused a fierce controversy among netizens. The keyword phrase “Martial arts star Donnie Yen uses a substitute” was pushed to the top of the search. The majority of opinions are disappointed that Donnie Yen is weak, out of time, should retire. In addition, a few comments criticized the actor for being superficially filming, because he wanted to make money and took on a role that was not suitable for his age.
“Don’t believe your eyes”, “Everybody gets old and weak”, “Taking pictures in the gym is only virtual, not practicing right?”, “I suggest Donnie Yen don’t ruin the classic” , “59-year-old Donnie Yen plays the role of 31-year-old Kieu Phong, really dumb”… are the comments of netizens.
Not long ago, through photos posted by relatives, it could be seen that Donnie Yen was tinged with age with a puffy face, obvious wrinkles on the face, especially around the eyes.
Currently, the film has closed and is in post-production. Besides Donnie Yen, the cast in the film also received mixed opinions. Accordingly, Tran Ngoc Ky (30 years old) plays A Chau (17 years old), Luu Nha Sat (33 years old) plays A Tu (15 years old), Ngo Viet (46 years old) plays Du Than Chi (18 years old). …