Hollywood Failed Michelle Yeoh For Decades: 'Everything Everywhere All At Once'
Beating Doctor Strange to the multiversal punch, the critically-acclaimed Everything Everywhere All At Once is giving Michelle Yeoh some of the mainstream kudos she should have gotten literal decades ago.
Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Yeoh was routinely making kick-ass action movies in Asia, while American audiences were treated to action scenes that consisted of Steven Seagal awkwardly jogging while secreting pints of sweat.
Meanwhile Yeoh was in movies like Yes, Madam, her first starring role, along with martial arts legend Cynthia Rothrock.
Not to mention her amazing motorcycle stunt in Police Story 3: Super Cop with Jackie Chan.
Obviously Western audiences were exposed to Yeoh’s awesomeness in movies like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the 1997 James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies – AKA the one where the villain is a media mogul starting literal wars so he can scoop rival outlets by, like, 20 minutes. Still, Yeoh was the highlight of this dumb movie with yet even more impressive motorcycle scenes.
Yeoh’s character, Wai Lin, was such a stand-out for audiences that MGM considered giving her a solo spin-off movie – but ultimately they abandoned that plan in favor of making more James Bond movies featuring invisible cars and revolting puns. Hollywood really dropped the ball on making Yeoh the next big action star who can handle a light jog.
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