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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Yeoh on Burma ban after The Lady

Michelle Yeoh reckons being part of James Bond film history is special
Michelle Yeoh reckons being part of James Bond film history is special

Michelle Yeoh has revealed that she has been banned from Burma - along with her new film, The Lady.

In the film, which is out on December 30, the 48-year-old stars as Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy activist who spent more than a decade under house arrest for speaking out against the government.

"I've been banned from Burma, for the moment," Michelle said. "The film has been banned. Even the hawkers have been told that pirated DVDs are banned from the street!"

The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star was deported from the country after she visited Suu Kyi while researching the film - a project that she is passionately devoted to.

"I think it is very important that we as Asians tell our own stories and not just wait for other people to tell our stories for us," Michelle declared.

The former beauty pageant queen was only known to Asian audiences until her hit turn as Bond girl Wai Lin in Tomorrow Never Dies, which she still remembers fondly.

"It was a fantastic experience," Michelle gushed.

"You know when you do a Bond movie you should have a good time, because you're going to be part of a legacy that's going to stay with you for the rest of your life."

Sweeping biopics and action flicks aside, the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star confesses that she is keen to explore her funny side.

"I've been talking about wanting to do a romantic comedy," Michelle laughed. "I don't know why I haven't done that."

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