Luc Besson wasn't planning to direct the biopic The Lady, which Hong Kong action star Michelle Yeoh initially brought to the Europa movie mogul to produce. Both Yeoh and Besson are better known for their commercial action ventures than period dramas, although Yeoh gave a stellar dramatic performance in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon opposite Chow Yun-Fat.
The true story on which the movie is based--Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese daughter of a slain president, known as “the steel orchid,” who fights for her people against a repressive regime, which places her under house arrest for 15 years after she is elected president--offered Yeoh a character she not only closely resembled, but was aching to play. "You can feel the vibration: 'this is my time, I want this part,'" says Besson. "For an Asian actress, there aren't so many parts."
- By Anne Thompson
- September 13, 2011 9:24 AM
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