A wise man by the name of Bruce Lee once said, “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”

That is the inspirational quote found in one of Donnie Yen’s (甄子丹) shirtless Instagram pictures and it’s apparently a motto the actor believes in. Judging from his workout photos, the Chinese actor seems to be showing that anything is possible as long as you persevere and never give up.

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In case you didn’t know, Donnie and his fellow cast members have been busy filming the 3rd instalment of “xXx”, titled “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage”. In the sequel, Donnie stars as Xiang, an alpha warrior who is at odds with Xander Cage, an athlete-turned-government agent played by Vin Diesel.

To prepare for his role, the 52-year-old movie star went through a rigorous training regime and strict diet to build more muscles to get into shape. The actor has also been avoiding carbs, as well as cutting down on salt, sugar, and starch in his diet. Looking at the gym snapshots, the mixed martial artist was successful in achieving the ideal male physique.

I haven’t had a good meal in a while. But my willpower overcame my hunger. I’m almost 53 years old! I am the only Chinese actor in this film, so I can’t lose to the others!” said Donnie in an interview with a Hong Kong media outlet.

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Source: Donnie Yen’s weibo

To quote Jayne Stars’ Addy, diet and biological differences generally makes it harder for Asians to build muscle mass. But the Hong Kong martial arts actor was determined to be on par with his co-stars in the action flick. “Chinese stars can rival foreign actors, as long as you put in the extra effort. We can do it, despite our age,” said Donnie.

Many people tend to give up after coming face to face with an obstacle, but I managed to get past that. I want to tell everyone here, including my children, that we must have confidence, determination, and willpower in order to achieve success. Being too tired or having no time are just excuses. If I can do it, so can you,” he added.

See those guns? Heed his advice Asian bros, and maybe you too can get a hot bod like Donnie.

“xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” is slated for release on 20th January 2017.

Sources: Cinema Online, Jayne Stars.

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