Vincent Zhao is Officially Out of the Donnie Yen Actioner Special Identity

Last week, rumors were swirling that “True Legend” badass Vincent Zhao was holding up production of director Clarence Fok’s “Special Identity”. Zhao, apparently, was unhappy with several changes that were made to the script, so much so that he refused to participate in filming. Now it’s official: Zhao has dropped out of the film, which means those of us who were looking forward to watching him battle Donnie Yen will just have to suck it up and move on with our lives. Damn it. Anyway, the good news is that Andy On has been recast in the role, so all is not lost in the awesomeness department.

Here’s what Donnie Yen had to say on the subject:

I went with his agent to persuade him (Chiu) when I heard about the matter (Chiu’s displeasure over the script changes), but unfortunately, it failed. I feel that there were some areas which Chiu did not handle well.

Making a film is a team effort. Even though I admire him a lot, I cannot go against this principle. In the end, I have to respect the decision of the production team and the investors,” said Yen of Chiu’s exit from the project.

Script changes occur very often. If the changes are reasonable, it can improve the whole film. It isn’t something that can’t be talked over.

To be honest, I’m really not that interested in the melodrama surrounding Zhao’s departure. I’m just disappointed that the Zhao/Yen fight will have to wait for another day.

Via : Twitch Film



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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BFLVZZMHXTFF2ZMMU2ZM4UK2KE Waldo

    dang… i totally agree with you. give vincent zhao vs donnie yen NOW! ok, or at least, “soon” :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/Windtalker1976 Zahid Ali

    why don’t wu jing instead of andy on i think wu jing is much better than andy