When it was announced that Donnie Yen had joined the cast of next month’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, fans of the actor were thrilled — but it turns out, they had the actor’s children to thank for it happening in the first place.
“Truthfully, I didn’t want to spend five months apart from my family, filming in London,” Yen admitted in an interview with JetSet, adding that he only changed his mind after talking to his three children. “I asked them ‘How do you feel about daddy doing Star Wars?’ and they flipped out,” he said with a laugh.
When he did sign on, he became fully involved in working with director Gareth Edwards to create his character — “When you hire me, you’re not just getting an actor; you are getting a choreographer, a director,” he explained — to the point where he added one of the defining features that fans know about Chirrut Imwe to date. “It was my idea to make him blind,” he revealed in the profile, casually.
What other tricks Yen gifted to Chirrut — besides the faith and strength to take on a battalion of Storm Troopers solo, that is — will remain under wraps until Rogue One hits theaters Dec. 16. Until then, start thinking up how to thank Yen’s kids appropriately.