The upcoming Zhang Yimou film The Great Wall held a press conference in Beijing to promote the film on July 2.
A co-production between the United States and Mainland China, the science-fiction epic stars Matt Damon, Andy Lau, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Jing Tian , Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, and Lu Han.
It takes place during the Northern Song Dynasty, and is about a group of foreign mercenaries who stumble upon the Great Wall of China, a large wall built to defend against monsters.
The Great Wall is Lu Han’s first period action film. Portraying a young soldier, Lu Han has to wear heavy armor and fight monsters with a long spear.
“The props are seriously very delicately made, and its material is very realistic. It’s really well-made.”
The 25-year-old also praised the outfits and makeup, “When I looked at myself in the mirror today, I couldn’t recognize myself!”
On his thoughts about filming a large Hollywood production for the first time, Lu Han said,
“There’s a lot of people, a lot of cars, and a lot of scenery! Also a lot of canopies and a lot of really good food!”
As one of the youngest actors on the film, Lu Han said he felt frightened to approach his seniors for advice at first, reports Jayne Stars.
However, his seniors turned out to be a lot more approachable than he originally thought.
He said, “I thought they would be rather strict, but they turned out to be really approachable. They would come to me to talk about the film, and they passed on a lot of experiences to me. I am very thankful!”
Matt Damon said he had a shock when he first met Lu Han.
He did not realize how huge of a star Lu Han was until he went to his hotel and saw over four hundred flower arrangements dedicated to the young pop idol.
Andy Lau laughed and joked, “Those were actually for me!”