MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) — If you’ve seen the highly anticipated live action version of the “Lion King” now in theaters, you’ve probably seen the trailer for another Disney cartoon classic reimagined for the big screen with live actors, “Mulan.”
One of the actors in the film, Chen Tang, was raised in Memphis and went to Bartlett High School.
“I would never, ever trade the experiences and the life I had in Memphis for anything in the world,” said Tang.
He now lives in Los Angeles, but Tang frequently visits his family in east Memphis.
“I mean, I don’t KNOW there’s something about the City of Memphis,” said Tang. “Something in the water. Everybody’s got like soul. You know it’s just something about it.”
It’s that soul Tang uses to fuel his passion for show business.
“I’ve had many people –many people– mention that about my work and when they meet me, just got soul, and I tell them I’m from Memphis and they say ‘Oh, that makes sense.’”
Tang has earned big budget film and television roles in Grey’s Anatomy, 30 Rock, Being Mary Jane, and Fresh Off the Boat, allowing him to work alongside stars like Tina Fey and Sylvester Stallone, but it’s Mulan, the Chinese folktale Tang grew up with treated with Disney magic he’s most excited about at the moment.
“It is beautiful like you could not believe.”
In the film Tang plays one of a trio of wise guy soldiers named Yao.
“It’s going to look and feel like ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’ meets ‘Lord of the Ring.’”
The trailer for Mulan has gone viral being seen by more than 25 million people.
“I was telling people around me. You ain’t seen nothing yet.”