Donnie Yen: The name was Shang or Chang
Actor Donnie Yen is making his John Wick debut in the upcoming fourth installment as Cain, a blind assassin caught between his relationship and his friendship with the villainous High Table. Keanu Reeves‘ Notorious killer.
It turns out that Yen’s character wasn’t actually named Ken. The actor said in an interview that he called out John Wick: Chapter 4 script to incorporate Asian stereotypes, which led to changes regarding her character’s name and appearance in the film.
“The name was Shang or Chang,” Yen said of his John Wick character. “Why is he always called Shang or Chang? Why can’t he have a common name? Why do you have to be so normal? Then the wardrobe – mandarin collar. Why is everything so normal? This is a John Wick movie. Everyone should be cool and fashionable. Why can’t he look cool and fashionable?”
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John Wick: Chapter 4 director Chad Stahelski heard Yen’s criticism and agreed to revise the character. Yen, who was able to redesign the character as a tribute to Bruce Lee, said that he had “a very respectable experience working on John Wick,” adding, “Overall, I’m excited to make the film. Joy came.”
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