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John Lone

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Born: October 13, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hong Kong Profession: Cast ...


"Lone himself is almost as mysterious. He won't tell his age and denies reports that make him about 40. He won't say how or where he lives in New York. He's not sure whether he is Asian or Eurasian. [He was orphaned in Hong Kong.] He has played Asians (in "Year of the Dragon" and "The Last Emperor") and non-Asians [in 'The Moderns' and 'Iceman']. 'I never call myself a Chinese actor' says Lone. 'I'm an artist and an actor, and I don't even look typical Chinese. I don't want to stand behind someone and look important and inscrutable. I DON'T do Fu Manchu.'" --From "Buzz on Lone" by Nick Ravo in Movieline, October 1993.

John Lone talks to Sheila Benson about his childhood Peking Opera training in Interview, September 1993.:

"I get up at six-thirty. Go to the toilet. Nothing else--no water, nothing ... Like little dogs we go to our sweat spots, permanent dark moons on the floor, made from our essence. We put our feet against the wall, upside down, supported by our hands for a half hour. At seven-thirty, up to the roof and start screaming against stone walls to open the voice out, because we have no microphone and play a one-thousand-seat theater. At eight, come down, drink hot water with salt to soothe the throat. Then acrobatic training for two hours, then weaponry ... Noontime comes. Lunch. We practice all day. Evening, more rehearsal and singing. Nine-thirty, ten, we go to bed. No time to sit around chattering, no TV, no magazines, no academic education. My life was fate. Now, would I send a son of mine to do that, even though I know it's great training? No, never."

John Lone talks to Sheila Benson in Interview, September 1993

SB: You must be aware of your own persona, which is mysterious, almost genderless.

JL: I'm pretty knowing. I know people look at me and try to make conclusions about me immediately, based on the obvious, let's say. And sometimes, I actually enjoy it. When I'm in front of heterosexual men--if we're having a meeting, or whatever--from time to time I see this vulnerability in their body language and their face. Then I see their eyes, glancing down to my lips, my mouth. Then I see them stopping themselves, just shifting a little bit, just a LITTLE uneasy. I love it. I don't go out of my way, but every time I get away with it, I do it."

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