This Rogue One Interview with Donnie Yen is part of my sponsored #RogueOneEvent press trip. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Rogue One Interview with Donnie Yen
Our final interview in the Rogue One interview series was with Donnie Yen. In the film, he plays Chirrut Imwe and though the character is not a Jedi, he’s devoted to their ways. He’s a warrior who has used his spirituality to overcome the fact that he is blind.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story follows a group of unlikely heroes in a time of conflict who band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
One of the things Donnie Yen shared with us early in the interview was that he likes that his character has a little bit of a sense humor. He mentioned that when he was talking to Director Gareth Edwards, he felt it might be cool if his character was less cliche. So the idea that maybe he was blind and had a sense of humor was born!
If you’re wondering whether or not it’s challenging to play a blind character, Donnie Yen assured us that it was! He had to remove the contacts he wore every three hours and put drops in his eyes every ten minutes. Plus, he really couldn’t see well at all! Everything was blurry and he had trouble measuring distance.
He explained that it definitely challenged him as an actor but he wants to take challenges in his career. He wants to be known as a good actor.
Fun fact! Donnie Yen was actually hesitant to do the movie at first He didn’t want to leave his family (he lives in Hong Kong) but asked his kids and family what they thought. They all wanted him to be in it!'I'm making history here!' -@DonnieYenCT on #RogueOne experience! #StarWars #RogueOneEventClick To Tweet
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