A retired rebel soldier from the jungles of eastern Myanmar has been plucked from obscurity to play a brutal Burmese officer opposite Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone in his latest “Rambo” movie.
Reuters reports that Sai Mawng, 40, an ex-guerrilla from the Shan State Army, which has been fighting for independence in the former Burma since 1948, was picked from nearly 300 applicants for the part.
The producers of John Rambo had reportedly been looking for a “Burmese male, 32-40, military-looking man, character face, unlikeable.”
In the movie, renegade Vietnam War veteran John Rambo comes out of retirement as a boat repairman in Bangkok to track down missionary aid workers who have disappeared in the jungles of impoverished Myanmar.
The movie is being filmed in a village near the city of Chiang Mai.