With “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s” December release on the horizon, Donnie Yen — who plays Chirrut Îmwe — revealed some interesting information about his character: it was his idea for Îmwe to be blind.
Speaking to Jet Set Magazine, Yen talked about how director Gareth Edwards charged the the actors with finding their own truth for the characters, rather than have him make all the decisions. Because of that, Yen is actually the reason that Îmwe is blind. “It was my idea to make him blind,” he told the magazine. Yen added that he is also excited for LEGO versions of himself to come out and noted that he “might just give them out as gifts” to people.
When asked about what it was like filming the movie, Yen said he wasn’t too keen on being away from his family for so long: “Truthfully, I didn’t want to spend five months apart from my family, filming in London.” Thankfully, his children were very excited to have him join the “Star Wars” universe. “I asked [my children], ‘how do you feel about daddy doing Star Wars?’ and they flipped out!” he shared.
Yen also likened his own artistic input to that of Michael of Jackson rehearsing in the “This Is It” documentary. “You’re not just getting an actor; you are getting a choreographer, a director,” he explained. “[Jackson] was singing, and at the same time he would stop and say, ‘no, the beat comes in here,’ or ‘you need to be faster,’ or ‘you are one step off.’ Because if you want Michael Jackson, you’re not just getting a performer, you’re getting the whole package.”
We won’t have to wait long to see Yen make his interstellar debut, as “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” releases in theaters on December 16. The film also stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.
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