“I have to go one better”: Michelle Yeoh Reveals Jackie Chan Asked Her Not to Do Own Stunt, Believed She Belonged to the Kitchen Before Her Historic Oscar Win for Best Actress

On Sunday, Michelle Yeoh made history by winning the Oscar for her lead role in the psychedelic comedy-drama Everything Everywhere All at Once.  Along with her Golden Globe and Sag awards for the role, Yeoh became the first South-east Asian performer to receive the honor in the category. 

Michelle Yeoh’s net worth is considerably higher than Evelyn’s in the movie Everything Everywhere All at Once. The master of martial arts first caught the eye of western viewers as a Bond girl in the 1997 film Tomorrow Never Dies. Nevertheless, she had already made a name for herself in Hong Kong’s action movies.

We’re curious to know how much power she actually possesses in her bank account after witnessing her impressive skill set and performance in one of the biggest movies of the year.

But in one of her earlier interviews, which took place about two years ago, Jackie Chan was criticized by Yeoh. 

Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh

She discussed her career to date in a September 2021 interview with The Guardian to promote her role in Shang-Chi. The 60-year-old actress recalled her 1992 movie Police Story 3: Supercop, in which she co-starred with Chan, and said the industry couldn’t rely on CGI for stunts. She also disclosed what Chan advised her not to do.

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What has Jackie Chan advised Michelle Yeoh?

Jackie Chan stands out among the actors who can perform their own stunts because he consistently pulls off life-threatening stunts without taking the proper safety precautions. Throughout his illustrious career, his distinctive fighting style has won him countless high-profile, multilingual roles and has drawn admirers from all over the world.

But Yeoh has some different views on the actor. In an interview with the Guardian for the purpose of promoting her role in Shang-Chi, she talked about her professional experience to date.  The 60-year-old actress, who co-starred with Chan in Police Story 3: Supercop in 1992, said the stunt business couldn’t rely solely on computer-generated imagery.

She performed a motorcycle jump onto a moving train during an action scene in Supercop. She remarked, “I felt invisible,” at the time. 

Jackie Chan in the movie Rush Hour
Jackie Chan

Yeoh later disclosed, though, that Chan had pleaded her to refrain from pulling off her own stunts. She told him, “You’re a fine one to ask me to stop! You’re always doing them.” For which Chan retorted, “That’s because I have to go one better when you do one.”

Yeoh was next questioned about whether it was “true [Chan] believes women belong in the kitchen rather than in action movies.”

Yeoh answered, “He used to. Until I kicked his b*tt.”

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Michelle Yeoh’s Oscar 2023 Win is Jackie Chan’s Loss

Michelle Yeoh has simultaneously made history while winning the Academy Award for best actress. 

As a result of her multifaceted performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once, the Malaysian actor made history by becoming the first Asian woman to win the Academy Award for best actress on Sunday night.

Jackie Chan was supposed to take the lead role in Everything Everywhere All at Once in the original script. After he rejected the script, The Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) rewrote it from a woman’s point of view and approached Michelle Yeoh to play Evelyn. What comes next is a crazy adventure full of fantastical scenarios, but the film is ultimately a touching account of a mother’s bond with her daughter.

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Michelle Yeoh

Thanks to her outstanding performance, Yeoh has become the first Asian Best Actress winner. Hollywood is familiar with the 60-year-old actress from her parts in Tomorrow Never Dies and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She has a sizable fan base in the industry, but winning the award was not easy for her.

 The nomination and the win are long overdue acknowledgments for a world icon. Do not forget that Halle Berry, who won this award more than 20 years ago, is the only non-White winner in the category’s history.

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Source- The Guardian

Siddhika Prajapati
Siddhika Prajapati

Flights of occasional fantasies, strong opinions, encouraging hyperbole, and good grammar are what describe her. Literature Honors Graduate and Post-Graduated in Journalism, she is the Senior Entertainment Writer at Animated Times, who is madly in love with the lights, camera, and action sector. An entertainment enthusiast by day, a dreamer, and occasionally a stargazer by night, she enjoys turning words into tiny yarn balls for poetry that readers might find admirable. You would find her buried under printed fiction who is heavily influenced by dark humor.

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