With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting theaters in just over a month, some of the stars have already started promoting the movie, such as Donnie Yen. The actor who plays Chirrut Imwe made a couple of surprising revelations in a new interview, first saying that he originally turned down this role, while also stating that it was his idea to make Chirrut Imwe blind. Here's what the actor had to say about why he didn't want to take on Chirrut.
"Truthfully, I didn't want to spend five months apart from my family, filming in London. I asked them (his children) 'how do you feel about daddy doing Star Wars?' and they flipped out."
The international action star, who is an accomplished filmmaker and martial artist in his own right, also told JetSet Magazine that director Gareth Edwards let him develop the character himself. Donnie Yen revealed during the interview that, "it was my idea to make him blind." The actor added that he is pleased with his work on this Star Wars spin-off, and joked that he will give out Lego figures of his character as gifts.
Donnie Yen's Chirrut Imwe is one of the most interesting characters featured in Rogue One, since he fully believes in the Jedi way of life, although he isn't a Jedi knight himself. He is a great warrior despite his blindness, and fully believes that there is a higher power watching over us all, even though the Jedi order is now extinct. Chirrut himself is protected by Wen Jiang's Baze Malbus, who is devoted to helping his friend, but he doesn't have the same faith in the Jedi way of life as Chirrut does.
Both Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus have been described as the "galactic version of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza." They will both be lead by Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso, who, along with Diego Luna's Captain Cassian Andor, Forest Whitaker's Saw Gerrera and Riz Ahmed's Bodhi Rook, will try to steal plans to the original Death Star. Hopefully we'll get more details on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as we get closer to the December 16 release date.