Lau turned down 'M Butterfly' because "the character he was asked to play had to lick the toes of a foreigner"
Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau refused to take on Hollywood roles that degraded Chinese people.
God Of Gamblers director Wong Jing said Lau rejected roles after reading the script.
“He felt the roles he had to play degraded the Chinese. So, he decided to reject it,” Jing said.
The 59-year-old star even turned down 1993’s M Butterfly based on David Henry Hwang’s play because “the character he was asked to play had to lick the toes of a foreigner.”
Other films Lau was asked to audition for include Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Spiderman 3 and Sandman.
Lau remains the most awarded Hong Kong singer and has appeared in 140 movies.
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