Jun. 28 – The Myanmar government has deported Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh, who is starring as pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in an upcoming film. The Luc Besson film about Ms. Suu Kyi’s life, titled “The Lady,” is due out in October. Ms. Suu Kyi spent most of the last two decades detained by the former military junta and was released only last year.
A government official said that the Malaysian actress, best known for her Bond girl role in “Tomorrow Never Dies” and for starring alongside Zhang Ziyi and Chow Yun-fat in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” arrived in Rangoon on June 22 and was deported the same day because she was on a government blacklist.
It is not known why Yeoh was on the list and no reason for her deportation has been given. The actress met the Nobel Peace Prize winner at her Rangoon home last December after shooting scenes with French director Luc Besson in Thailand for the production, which has been kept under close wraps. Speculation that the Myanmar military junta is unhappy with the way the film portrays Ms. Suu Kyi is a likely cause for the stars departure from the country.