Is Donnie Yen Actually Blind After John Wick 4 And Rogue One Roles?

Is Donnie Yen Actually Blind

Others have speculated that Donnie Yen, who portrays a blind guy in John Wick: Chapter 4 and also did so in Rogue One, is visually impaired.

Donnie Yen, a huge star in his native Asia, is quickly rising to prominence in the West thanks to a series of high-profile film roles.

Donnie Yen plays a blind martial arts master in John Wick: Chapter 4, and after he does the same thing in Rogue One, people have started wondering whether he is blind.

Donnie Yen Takes On The Role Of Caine In John Wick: Chapter 4

Caine, like Wick, is an assassin who does the High Table’s bidding and is held in slavery by the organization because his daughter is in danger if he doesn’t.

While John Wick and Caine had a strong relationship before John’s retirement, the dispute and ultimate confrontation in Chapter 4 are purely business.

Donnie Yen Takes On The Role Of Caine In John Wick Chapter 4

Although Wick has faced many formidable foes since the first film in 2014, none have been as skillful as Caine, who was written to be on par with Baba Yaga, if not better.

Caine’s blindness is a major distinction between him and John Wick. Despite this, he is nonetheless capable of competing on equal footing with Wick and several other assassins during the film’s events.

Is Donnie Yen Actually Blind?

Donnie Yen is not really blind or visually challenged.

Understandably, some viewers may wonder this, given Donnie Yen also portrayed a blind character in the Star Wars spin-off film Rogue One, released in 2016.

Using only a wooden staff and a light bow (imagine a laser-powered bow and arrow), he defeated swaths of Imperial Stormtroopers and shot down ships in that film as Chirrut Îmwe, a warrior-monk and martial arts master so in tune with his other senses and the world that he was still a formidable opponent even without his sight.

While Yen had experience portraying a blind guy in Rogue One, he found it difficult to do it again beside Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 4.

“I was concerned about how Caine could react,” Yen noted. “I wanted him to be a complex, human character, and wondered how he could engage if he could not look Wick in the eyes.”

“I had to find different ways for Caine to express himself. He’s a blind martial arts master who can take on dozens of opponents simultaneously, so he must be very skilled,” he added. “Finding that balance between being sightless and physically gifted was challenging.”

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