A 40-year-old ex-guerilla from the Shan State Army has been picked up to play a villain in "John Rambo."
Prepare to have a look on real soldier in "John Rambo", folks as the filmmakers of the project reportedly has picked up one to play a brutal Burmese officer opposite our hero, played by none other than Sylvester Stallone.
Chosen from nearly 300 applicants who answered the casting call for a "Burmese male, 32-40, military-looking man, character face, unlikeable", Sai Mawng, so is the name of the lucky man, turns out to be an ex-guerrilla from the Shan State Army, which has been fighting for independence in the former Burma since 1948, the Shan Herald Agency for News noted.
Apart from Mawng's inclusion, there are also other Shan refugees and migrants in northern Thailand joining the flick to play the Burmese soldiers. Local newspaper revealed that they all are being paid 300 baht ($8.50) a day plus meals during the filming process, which is currently taking place in a village near Chiang Mai, Thailand.