Chow Yun-Fat, the Asian movie star best known in the U.S. for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hard Boiled, is standing firm against a possible career backlash for lending support to the pro-democracy demonstrators in his native Hong Kong. Since September, students and others who make up Occupy Central With Love and Peace have gathered outside Chinese government headquarters and demanded electoral reform, and there have been repeated clashes with police.
Several other Hong Kong celebrities cautiously supported the protests, but according to reports, Chinese state-run media are trying to tamp down such public statements by threatening boycotts of artists’ film or music. Asian celebrities are being pressured to choose sides, but Chow hasn’t been easily cowed. In a response to the threat of being blacklisted, he told Hong Kong’s Next magazine that “I’ll just make less [movies] then,” according to The New York Times. READ FULL STORY