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Michelle Yeoh, 48 a Malaysian actress who is known for performing her own stunts has been thrown out of Burma, due to her role as a pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in an upcoming film. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominated actress was deported on the day of her arrival at Rangoon Airport because she was “blacklisted” according to Skynews.com.
The actress has starred in many movies some of which being The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Babylon A.D, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Mummy:Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, True Legend and Kung Fu Panda 2. The former Miss Malaysia, rose to fame when she starred in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies in the year 1997 with Pierce Brosnan.
The government has “routinely rejected visa requests of journalists and perceived critics for years. The film, which is named “The Lady” by Luc Besson, is due to come out later in the year. Yeoh describes how she hopes “her portrayal of the Nobel Peace Prize winner would raise awareness about her story.”
Aung San Suu Kyi, 66 who had been detained right before the elections under house arrest for almost 15 yrs, was released last year in November 2010. According to Skynews.com her release was “just days after an election that her party boycotted and in which she was barred from being a candidate.” The nation’s vote was the first in almost 20 yrs, “the junta appeared to hand power to a civilian government” in the month of March.
In December, Michelle Yeoh who had visited Burma to spend time with Aung San Suu Kyi for the film shot the movie in Thailand, England, France and her own Burma. The movie according to michelleyeoh.info, describes the life of Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese democracy icon who had been detained unjustly “by the government of Burma” and was “under house arrest for 15 out of the past 21 yrs.”
The film shows a touching love story of the “world’s most prominent prisoners of conscience, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the last ten years of her marriage to the academic Dr. Michael Aris who remained in Oxford <raising> both their children in her absence.” The movie describes how she was given a choice of choosing between her family which included her children and a sick husband who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and her country which if she left would never take her back. Co-starring with Michelle Yeoh is David Thewlis who plays the character of Dr. Micheal Aris.