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'Mulan' Star Chen Tang Says the Movie Was 'Hardest Physical Training of My Entire Life'

'Mulan' Star Chen Tang Says the Movie Was 'Hardest Physical Training of My Entire Life'

Chen Tang is opening up about the Mulan experience.

The 32-year-old actor spoke out in an interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW).

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“It feels surreal. We’re just so happy that it’s finally able to come out, you know, in a different way than expected again, planned, he says of the film’s digital release amid the pandemic.

“It is a different time. All of the industry and everybody’s eyes are on this thinking like ‘Oh, wow, how is this going to work?’ Let’s put this into perspective. You know, even when this was coming out, when they first delayed it, this is how I always felt. Not only is it, you know, that you can’t go to the movie theater, even if you wanted to but, more importantly, this is a health crisis. We care about people. This a family movie, too, but it’s also just a movie at the end of the day. I mean, we love what we do. We are so proud of the film and we can’t wait for the world to see it. It’s gorgeous. But it’s health first. Money and movies come second.”

The actor, who plays Yao in the film, also opened up about the “boot camp”-like training for the movie.

“When I think about it, my legs start hurting. I knew we would probably need training, but when we got there, I didn’t expect to be doing the hardest physical training of my entire life. And I’m a pretty active dude. It was incredibly intense. We landed in Auckland and the next day was training. We did physical labor for four hours a day. And it was basically like very intense physical training. It made you feel like you were working in the fields all day,” he revealed of the stunt, archery and horseback riding training.

“We would finish that, then be shuttled to stunt training. We had to make sure we could do stunts and fight. And then we were doing archery and horseback riding. We even did marching. They built an army and we trained with them and like,” adding that “it was wonderful. It gave me so much.”

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