Hong Kong — More details are coming out on the feud between actors Vincent Zhao and Donnie Yen and it still intensifies despite Zhao being replaced on the film Special Identity! Andy On has since replaced the newly departed Zhao, who complained about Yen’s penchant for making script changes in the much-anticipated action film. Yen, not only acts in the film but he is also the film’s producer.
Rumors had been swirling in early March that Zhao held up filming due to constant changes made on the script and how his character went from lead role to a supporting role. He also said that major changes were made by Yen from agreed upon fight scenes to non-existing action scenes between the two actors.
Zhao said that there were frequent arguments on the set and it was Yen who was acting as the big shot, yelling and screaming at the film crew including the director! The True Legend actor said that major changes were made without his approval and despite meetings with Donnie Yen, investors, and the film crew, no agreement could be reached. Eventually, Zhao left the production and was given a very short notice to vacate the luxury hotel he was staying in.
The Chinese actor’s response is in sharp contrast to the accounts of Yen, who accused Zhao of acting like a big shot with an entourage of 7-8 people and for having poor work ethics by not showing up for filming on several occasions. The Ip Man actor has not spoken out on the feud but he did say in his microblog that he was “disappointed and hurt” by the episode.
Special Identity director Clarence Fok (Naked Killer) and cinematographer Peter Pau (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) have spoken in support of Donnie Yen. Pau said that Yen is “very professional and a pleasure to work with.”