Saturday 22 July 2017

Yeoh's hopes for Suu Kyi movie

Michelle Yeoh plays the Burmese pro-democracy leader
Michelle Yeoh plays the Burmese pro-democracy leader

Michelle Yeoh says she hopes her portrayal of Aung San Suu Kyi in a forthcoming movie will raise awareness about the Burmese pro-democracy leader's story.

The former Bond girl recently wrapped up filming the Luc Besson biopic The Lady, in Thailand.

Suu Kyi spent 14 of the past 20 years in detention.

Speaking in Hong Kong, Michelle called the movie "an incredible love story that has political turmoil within", referring to Suu Kyi's relationship with her husband, Briton Michael Aris.

"More importantly for me is that people should know her story because unfortunately I think a lot of people have forgotten or don't really understand what was going on because it's been 20 years," Michelle said.

The 48-year-old Malaysian-born actress met with Suu Kyi as part of her preparation for the role.

The star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs Of A Geisha and the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies said the film's French director is currently editing the movie and hopes to premiere the film at the Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 30 to September 10.

Michelle's other upcoming release is the animated movie Kung Fu Panda 2, which is the first time she has lent her voice to a cartoon character. She is the voice of The Soothsayer.

MIchelle said she has always resisted voiceovers because of what she described as her "husky, deep voice," which she said was often confused for that of a man.

"Sometimes when I'm on the phone, someone will say 'Yes, Mr Yeoh.' And I'm thinking, 'I'm not Mr Yeoh, man'," she joked.

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