Donnie Yen says he wanted to die while filming The Monkey King

6 January 2014 / 2 years 9 months ago

Donnie Yen Chi Tan recently attended the press conference of the trailer for Lunar New Year film THE MONKEY KING (DAI YAU GEI ji DAI LAU TIN GUNG).

Donnie revealed that while shooting THE MONKEY KING, the special effects make-up took 1,000 hours.

Every time, he had to sit still for 5 hours.

"It was very stressful, like being in prison. I couldn't eat, and before I ate I had to remove my monkey teeth."

Would he play Sun Wukong again? Donnie immediately said, "No would be the best, it's too tough! Actors should have a tough time from making movies, but this film's physical and mental torture was too much for me."

Later, he said, "Never say never! However I really don't want to. I am exhausted physically and mentally and have a sense of fear. We shall see!"

Yen Chi Tan said that every movie production has been tough, but THE MONKEY KING was especially tough.

He said, "Sun Wukong was full of explosiveness and power, his limbs were very cohesive and his facial features moved a lot, from the beginning to the end when I faced the Jade Emperor I had to kneel. It's very tired and draining, I really wanted to die!

"Because the director gave me a lot of space, halfway through the performance is like running a 100 meter race. I couldn't stop even when I was very tired, otherwise the previous scene would be wasted. Every time was like running uphill, the stress was enormous!"

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