PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 19: Actor and master of martial arts Donnie Yen attends the "Raging Fire" premiere during the L'Etrange Festival at Forum Des Images on September 19, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurent Viteur/Getty Images)
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Donnie Yen Couldn't Afford Any Mistakes During Mike Tyson's Ip Man 3 Scenes
In “Ip Man 3,” Donnie Yen’s Ip Man and Mike Tyson’s Frank come to blows in a three-minute fight that is as notable for its fast pace as it is for Tyson's attempts to speak Cantonese. Unsurprisingly, it seems the 165-pound Yen was slightly nervous to take on the roughly 230-pound boxer — and feared the power of Tyson’s notorious swing.
Talking to the South China Morning Post, Yen said, “I am a fan who watched his boxing matches until 4 or 5 am on TV in Hong Kong when I was a child ... I was worried that he might not hold back in using force as he is not an actor. I had to be very cautious. I saw it as a life-and-death boxing match. Just a little carelessness and it could be fatal."
While promoting “Ip Man 3,” Yen revealed the worries he had, sharing, “’What if [Tyson] doesn't remember the choreography? What if he comes in and instead of 1, 2, 3 he goes 2, 3, 1?’ So it was enjoyable but at the same time it was truly life-threatening." It was actually Tyson, however, who got hurt, stating in an interview post-shooting that he "broke [his] finger."