Michelle Yeoh calls Myanmar’s Suu Kyi her ‘hero’ (AP)

2 Feb

Michelle Yeoh calls Myanmar’s Suu Kyi her ‘hero’
Feb. 1, 2012 11:04 AM ET (AP)

By THANYARAT DOKSONE

Michelle Yeoh remembers her pride as a Southeast Asian youth when Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and the actress thinks she’s the right person to portray the Myanmar democracy icon.

Suu Kyi “was fighting for democracy in a nonviolent way, where passion was the armor and love for liberty was the weapon,” Yeoh told The Associated Press.

“I’ve been in the business long enough to recognize what an amazing story that she has that we can tell,” she said. “If anybody should play her, it’s me.”

The 49-year-old Yeoh said Suu Kyi is a “very big hero” of hers and she was keen to play her as soon as she heard a film was being made about the life of the 1991 Nobel recipient.

“The Lady,” directed by Frenchman Luc Besson, was screened at international film festivals last year and opens in U.S. theaters next month.

Yeoh, a former Miss Malaysia, is

Source: GrimmOnline.org

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