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Asian Actor Donnie Yen Recalls How He Was Intimated By Mike Tyson

Asian Actor Donnie Yen Recalls How He Was Intimated By Mike

Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson in IP MAN 3 | Image Source: Screenrant

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Donnie Yen was intimidated by former boxing champion Mike Tyson while they were filming scenes for IP Man 3; the actor says it was a matter of life and death.

IP Man 3 (released in 2015) continues the story of the martial arts master (played by Donnie Yen) as he confronts a group of criminals led by a sinister property developer (Mike Tyson).

While speaking with THR, Yen disclosed that shooting the fighting scenes with Tyson was an intimidating experience. Even though he was a fan of the former boxer, he reminded himself that he (Tyson) was not an actor but a boxer at the time.

Mike Tyson and Donnie Yen at the premiere of IP Man 3 | Image Source: VarietyMike Tyson and Donnie Yen at the premiere of IP Man 3 | Image Source: Variety

Yen stated that he felt there was no need for him to let his guard down, recalling: "I had to treat it as a real fight in a boxing ring with him and it was a matter of life and death. I couldn’t afford to be distracted in any way, otherwise, it wouldn’t have been a K.O., it would have cost me my life."

Speaking further, he said, "That was so dangerous! I literally felt the air move with his punch, which was like a truck coming towards me head-on. I felt that wind — Woah, that’s still so clear in my mind, so dangerous! His fist was so huge, and it touched my hair."

Yen will appear alongside Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 4. He will reportedly play a friend of the gun-wielding protagonist in the highly-anticipated sequel.

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