'The Great Wall' Premiere: Matt Damon “Jumped” during a Chance to Work With Zhang Yimou

“[Zhang Yimou] is one of my favorite directors,” Matt Damon told The Hollywood Reporter at a premiere of The Great Wall. Damon, a star of Yimou’s fantasy beast movie, has prolonged wanted to work with a mythological Chinese auteur (director of Hero, House of a Flying Daggers and a artistic force behind a epic 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony). “He works roughly exclusively in China so we didn’t know if we would ever get a possibility to work with him. So when this event came up, we only jumped on it,” he said. 

Speaking by a translator, Yimou said he knew a film would be “complicated” though Damon’s honour for a Chinese enlightenment and people done a routine easier. “[Damon] pronounced he came since of me. Well, we supposed a plan since of him,” Yimou added.

Damon, Yimou as good as co-stars Jing Tian, Willem Dafoe and Pedro Pascal walked a black runner Wednesday night during the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

The expel and organisation took on many firsts while filming The Great Wall. For director Yimou, this was his initial English-language film. “When we consider about Zhang Yimou, we feel like we know him and worked with him though we have never oral in a same denunciation that is unequivocally furious when we consider about it,” Dafoe told THR.

“There is something fun about anticipating a approach to promulgate and anticipating your possess denunciation with your executive and a people around we since everybody was so one in creation this together,” Pedro Pascal told THR. “It’s engaging since that’s partial of a adventure.”

Describing a privately Chinese elements of The Great Wall, Tian said: “This film unequivocally represents a Chinese story and a Chinese people’s characteristics such as [bravery], wisdom, and determination. So, we wish a American assembly will suffer this movie.”

Another initial for many of a expel and organisation was relocating to China for 5 months while shooting.

“I had never been to Asia before,” Pascal said. “There are elements that are thousands and thousands of years aged right subsequent to a new building so to be means to go to a church and feel that time is special.”

“It is always good to have a journey of vital some place that feeds into a creation of a movie,” Dafoe said. “I always find those situations and this was one of them.”

Following a premiere, a expel and organisation partied during The Hollywood Roosevelt, where a strange costumes from a film were on arrangement and Chinese food was served for guests.

The Great Wall opens in theaters Feb. 17. 

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