Despite the hype surrounding Li Bingbing's appearance as Ada Wong in the fifth instalment of the "Resident Evil" film franchise, the Chinese actress only has a small amount of scenes in the film. "I'm pretty satisfied with my portrayal of the character Ada Wong. I just wish that there were more fighting scenes for me in the film, but unfortunately, the production schedule would not allow it," said the 39-year-old actress when asked if she was satisfied with her acting in the science fiction thriller.
The actress also revealed that she almost did not make it into the film.
"When they called me to tell me that I managed to obtain the role, I was filming for a movie in China at the time. The production schedules for both films were clashing, so it didn't look like it was possible for me to star in "Resident Evil: Retribution" and I was disappointed. However, the producers and Paul [W. S. Anderson] really wanted me to be in it, and after a lot of discussions, emails and phone calls, they decided to accommodate my acting schedules. I'm really grateful to them for that."
Despite her limited appearance, the actress did not regret taking up the role.
"Why wouldn't I take it? It's a good opportunity for me as it is rare for Hollywood films to have Asian stars, which was also why I decided to audition for it in the first place."
To recap, Li Bingbing plays Ada Wong in "Resident Evil: Retribution", a fan favourite character who has made many appearances in the "Resident Evil" video games, but this is her first appearance in the "Resident Evil" film. She will assist Alice (Milla Jovovich) in escaping from the highly guarded heart of the Umbrella Corporation facility after they are taken captive by Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory).
Fans can catch Li Bingbing at the entrance of Sunway Pyramid at 6pm tonight as the star is currently in Malaysia to promote Paul W. S. Anderson's "Resident Evil: Retribution". The event will kickstart with a meet and greet where fans can win movie tickets and limited edition merchandise, followed by the red carpet premiere of the movie.
"Resident Evil: Retribution" opens in Malaysia and Singapore this 13 September.