Jet Li recipient of lawsuit for role in Fearless
Posted on March 28, 2006 by Chris Nelson
Looks like Jet Li is in the middle of a lawsuit due to his role in his latest, and rumored to be final, action picture, Fearless. Note that I tried to pick up the film this past weekend, but ended up with the sub-par Dragon Squad instead, as for the time being none of the copies of Fearless available for purchase feature English subtitles.
Anyways, here’s the news from MSN.
BEIJING — Jet Li is being sued by relatives of a Chinese kung fu master who say the actor’s new film dishonors and misrepresents the life of Huo Yuanjia.
Li’s name was added to a March 7 lawsuit against producers and distributors of “Fearless” because he “not only played the lead role but participated in the making and production of the movie,” the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday, citing lawyer Yang Zhonghai.
Huo Yuanjia’s grandson, Huo Shoujin, doesn’t want the movie released worldwide, Xinhua said. He also wants “Fearless” pulled from theaters in Asia and is demanding a public apology from the filmmakers.
The offices of Wolf-Kasteler, the California-based company that represents Li, were closed Sunday. Li’s screen credits also include roles in “Cradle 2 the Grave” and “Romeo Must Die.”
“Fearless” traces Huo Yuanjia’s evolution from a vain fighter keen on total domination to one who uses fighting as a means of self-betterment.
Huo Shoujin has claimed it contains numerous fabrications about his grandfather’s life and besmirches his reputation.
The Beijing Film Studio under the China Film Group Corp. and distributor Anle Film Co. are also named in the lawsuit.