Donnie Yen reveals he almost REFUSED his role in ‘Rogue One’

The kickass blind Jedi master ‘Chirrut Imwe,’ has remained with many moviegoers long after ‘Rogue One’ was over.

Donnie Yen’s role has been touted as one of the smartest casting choices ever throughout the epic Star Wars universe.

It’s intriguing to think that Yen almost refused the part because he didn’t want to be separated from his family, says the South China Morning Post.

“I couldn’t make up my mind at the beginning. But, of course, I feel lucky that I didn’t turn it down.”

“It was several months after I was approached for the part that I decided to take it up,” Yen was quoted as saying.

“Because it would mean that I had to leave Hong Kong – and my children – for months.”

Another problem Yen has was with the integrity of the character.

Donnie wanted to know whether his character was just an attempt at marketing to a huge Chinese audience.

He asked the film director directly:

“When the director (Gareth Edwards) approached me, I began by asking, quite frankly, if it’s a real character, or if he’s only casting me based on commercial considerations for the [Chinese] market. Once he told me what my character was going to be like, and some of my lines, including the iconic ‘May the Force be with you’, I recognized the importance of my character.”

Thankfully, Donnie made the right choice. ‘May the force be with you’.

Han Choe

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