Actor replaced in Chinese film for political position

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Taiwanese actor Leon Dai (戴立忍) has been replaced in a film directed by Chinese actress Zhao Wei (趙薇) after failing to clarify his political position, the film’s production team announced yesterday.

“Following Dai’s initial statement, the director and the investors both expressed hope that he could provide a fuller explanation to the audience and more clearly articulate his position on important issues,” the team said. production of Mei You Bie by Ai (沒有 別的 æ„›), or No other love, said in a statement.

“Because Dai remained vague on his position, the director and the investors decided to replace Dai as the lead actor,” the team said.

Photo: Screenshot of Zhao Wei’s microblog

The announcement came amid reports of online campaigns in China to boycott the film after Zhao posted a photo of herself and the cast, including Dai, on her Sina Weibo page when filming went on. is finished at the end of last month.

On June 30, Dai released a statement on Sina saying he had expressed concern about issues in Taiwan, such as the forced demolition of private homes, gay rights, and the development of nuclear power, but he did not. ‘has not joined any political party.

He said he was “against oppression and respects the opinions of others,” but does not accept being called a supporter of Taiwan independence because that is not true.

Dai, 49, is also a director, whose 2009 film No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (不能 沒有 ä½ , Can’t live without you), adapted from a true story of a father’s battle for custody of his child, won him the Best Director award at the Golden Horse Awards and the Asia-Pacific Film Festival that year.

He has appeared in 11 films over the past two years, including The murderer (聶隱娘), a martial arts film for which Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢) won the award for best director at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

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