It’s been four months since Wendi Deng saved her husband Rupert Murdoch from a foam pie. And she’s spoken about it for the very first time in an exclusive interview with The Guardian.
The money quote from that interview: “All the Chinese ministers were very proud of me and wanted me to be a Chinese heroine. I keep getting job offers as a bodyguard!”
Deng is moving into a new role as a film producer and is already working on a second movie with Malaysian-born Florence Sloan, the wife of the former head of MGM, Harry Sloan:
“We got financing from friends and family, and then director Wayne Wang wanted to be involved. I loved the experience and we’re going to do a few more film projects. We want to focus on contemporary Chinese stories and we’re going to announce another project in the next month, a US-Chinese co-production based on a book.
“I want to help the whole industry (in China) with more co-productions, and also to show a snapshot of what it’s like in modern China. It’s interesting, because US movies, even if they are successful in China, the box office share is only 15-17%. For a co-production, you get 42-43%, which is good, and also there isn’t a quota of 20 films, so you get more. It’s good for China, and also you can tell a Chinese story that’s then shown in the US and other countries.
“Everybody complains that China is too strict on commercial films, but I hope from our films that more people will do co-productions in China. It’s a huge market, to be opened up more. People need to push the envelope more with local laws and with the right people. You can get it done,” she said.
The infamous volley ball spike…