Hong Kong “Heavenly King” actor Andy Lau said he is “not interested” in appearing in Hollywood films, reported Hong Kong media. Speaking to reporters at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday, Lau explained that he would not appear in Hollywood films because “there is ethnic discrimination in Hollywood”.
“Hollywood is only looking to tap the Chinese film market and does not respect Chinese actors”, he said, when asked about the recent trend of Hollywood blockbusters like “Iron Man 3” and “Transformers 4” adding Chinese stars to their cast.
Andy Lau was in Cannes for the premiere of Hong Kong director Johnnie To’s new film “Blind Detective”, which also stars Hong Kong singer-actress Sammi Cheng. In the film, Lau plays a blind former-police officer who uses his excellent powers of deduction to solve cold cases and make a living, while Cheng plays a police officer who aids him in his investigations.