Malaysian star Michelle Yeoh continues performing own stunts in new Marvel film


Michelle Yeoh returns to performing stunts in 'Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings'. Photo: AP

Michelle Yeoh has made a name for herself through various martial art films over the past decades. Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is no different.

After taking on the role of Eleanor Young in the international hit Crazy Rich Asians, Yeoh returns to her action roots as Jiang Nan in the new Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster.

The 59-year-old star plays a gatekeeper who resides in a bamboo forest, serving as the guardian to a mystical city.

With a film that has huge action set pieces, it's no surprise that Yeoh continues her practice of performing her own stunts.

Michelle Yeoh and Simu Liu (right) in a scene from 'Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings.' Photo: Marvel StudiosMichelle Yeoh and Simu Liu (right) in a scene from 'Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings.' Photo: Marvel Studios

The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star shared with The Guardian on how much doing stunts in the film industry has changed over the years.

"When we first started in Hong Kong, you didn’t have help from CGI," she said in the interview. "You just went out and did what you had to do."

This is particularly true in Supercop, her 1992 movie with Jackie Chan.

In it, she performed an impressive motorcycle stunt where she jumped off a motorbike onto a moving train. The actress remembered feeling invincible when performing that stunt, much to the dismay of Chan.

Yeoh recalled Chan pleading for her to stop performing such stunts in Supercop, to which she jokingly replied: "You’re a fine one to ask me to stop! You’re always doing them."

The Malaysian actress went on to also express her love for being in sequels, whether or not it is a hit follow-up. She doesn't think it's a mistake to want to do a sequel, instead it shows how much you love a particular project.

She hopes that Shang-Chi will have a sequel in the future. Crazy Rich Asians has been greenlit for a sequel but a script has not been finalised.

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