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Michelle Yeoh says she and Luc Besson were determined to bring The Lady to the big screen

03 December 2011

With the forthcoming Aung San Suu Kyi biopic The Lady coming to cinemas at the end of December, Michelle Yeoh has spoken about her role and reveals that she and director Luc Besson were determined to bring the story to the big screen despite the many obstacles.

Speaking to Indiewire, the talented actress who voiced the Soothsayer in Kung Fu Panda 2 said "We've been trying to work on a project for the longest time and we've always said, 'Until we find a project that blows us away, we're not going to take time away from our family'.

When you're such good friends, you should never do something just for the sake of doing it. It has to be very special.

We're trying to make a movie about a woman who's under house arrest, whose husband died 11 years ago, so we knew it was going to be very difficult to get information. I needed to know, technically, legally, whether it was even possible to embark on such a dream.

I think after he took the script and read it, he fell in love. We both knew that no matter how difficult, nothing was going to stand in our way of making this movie."

The Lady tells the love story between Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband Michael Aris (David Thewlis). In 1989, Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest for her activism and only was released in 2010.

The actress also revealed that she relearnt how to play the piano and learned how to speak Burmese to prepare for the role.

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