Michelle Yeoh Says There'll Be No Sequel To Everything Everywhere All At Once: "We Would Just Be Doing The Same Thing"
Michelle Yeoh also weighs in on the scripts she's received after the success of the indie sci-fi drama that won Best Pictures at this year's Oscars.
Michelle Yeoh believes the "best thing" about her awards success is she is no longer only receiving scripts for "Asian-looking" characters.
The Malaysian triumphed in the Best Actress category at a string of ceremonies this year, including the Oscars, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Golden Globes for her role as Evelyn Quan Wang in Everything Everywhere All At Once.
Speaking during the Kering Women in Motion talks at Cannes Film Festival on Sunday (May 21), Yeoh said: "The best thing that has happened is I receive a script that doesn’t describe the character as a Chinese or Asian-looking person.
"We are actors. We are supposed to act. We are supposed to step into roles that are given to us and do our job as best we can. That, for me, is the biggest step forward.”
Yeoh reflected on her first time at Cannes over 20 years ago with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and said she felt it was "quite obvious" Hollywood wasn't ready to celebrate Asian actors back then.
She said: “There were so many great Asian, Chinese movies that came out at that time.
“But if you look at all the films that get nominated here in Cannes and get awards, very rarely, especially at the Oscars…they would nominate best director, best film, everything. You wonder how do you get there without the actors? So, it seems a little odd.
“When Crouching Tiger came out, people were saying, ‘No one in America will watch this film because they don’t know how to read subtitles.’ But guess what? Americans do know how to read.”
And she believes Everything Everywhere All At Once's success is proof that audiences are interested in diverse storytelling.
She said: “It’s just a matter of pushing the envelope and refusing to say that this is the ‘normal way.’ In the ‘normal way,’ would Everything Everywhere All At Once would have been nominated? Chances are no, five to 10 years ago."
Speaking of Everything Everywhere All At Once, Yeoh also dismissed speculations of a second part. “There’s no sequel,” Yeoh said during the talk. “We would just be doing the same thing.”
Yeoh will next star in Disney+'s American Born Chinese, due Wednesday (May 24); Kenneth Bragnah's A Haunting in Venice, in cinemas Sept 14, and Netflix's crime drama The Brothers Sun (undated).
Watch Yeoh’s Kering in Motion talk in the video below.
— BANG SHOWBIZ
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