Martial arts actor Vincent Zhao, star of TRUE LEGEND, announced on Sunday that he will no longer be involved in Donnie Yen’s modern-day actioner SPECIAL IDENTITY. He cited a breach of his contract by way of unilateral script changes as reason for the departure.
Speaking to reporters in Beijing, he went on to state that his exit from the production “is not due to any wrongdoing on my part” and that he had not fallen out with Yen as some media reports claimed.
According to the production team they had no choice but to cut Zhao from the film, because he had made excessive demands and exhibited a poor attitude while shooting the film.
When asked to comment, Yen suggested that Zhao could have handled himself better.
“I went with his agent to persuade him when I heard about the matter, but unfortunately, it failed. I feel that there were some areas which Zhao did not handle well.
“Making a film is a team effort. Even though I admire him a lot, I cannot go against this principle. In the end, I have to respect the decision of the production team and the investors,” said Yen.
“Script changes occur very often. If the changes are reasonable, it can improve the whole film. It isn’t something that can’t be talked over.”
Hong Kong martial arts actor Andy On will replace Zhao as production on SPECIAL IDENTITY resumes.
Source: Channel News Asia
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