Myanmar has blacklisted Michelle Yeoh and kicked her out of the country over her portrayal of Aung San Suu Kyi in an upcoming film. The film is “The Lady” directed by Luc Besson (“The Fifth Element”) and is about the Nobel Peace Prize winner, her house arrest and marriage. She may also be a knife-wielding super-heroine.
During the shooting of the movie, Yeoh met with Suu Kyi after she was released from house arrest last year. The movie is in post-production and Yeoh may have been hoping to meet with Suu Kyi a second time with this visit. Yeoh’s (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “Memoirs of a Geisha”) portrayal is not Suu Kyi’s first. She has also been portrayed on film by Adelle Lutz in “Beyond Rangoon.”
Yeoh has yet to battle the Junta solo with a katana.
By Robert O’Connor