Monday, May 01, 2006

Zhang Ziyi

Okay, it's official Zhang Ziyi has returned her name to it's original Chinese spelling, after last year trying to "westernize" her name by calling herself Ziyi Zhang (which I thought was ridiculous) Anyhow, this story seems a little late but still kinda interesting. HONG KONG -- "Chinese star Zhang Ziyi says she would have liked a little hug of encouragement from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee while filming "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," but she never got one, Hong Kong media reported Monday. Zhang said she cried every day after returning to her room during shooting for the movie, released in 2000, because the work was so difficult, reported Apple Daily, a mass-market newspaper.She said she needed an encouraging hug from Lee, but he never gave it to her, the paper quoted her as saying. However, she said the director frequently hugged her co-star, Malaysian-Chinese actress Michelle Yeoh. Lee explained he didn't hug Zhang because she was only 19 at the time, the Ming Pao Daily News reported. "Hugging her would have been a little embarrassing," Lee was quoted by Apple Daily as saying." (AP) FYI... Zhang shouldn't cry too much, her "asking price" has been a half a million for the last several pictures, but after "Geisha" it is now a whopping five million a picture.

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