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Daily Mail corrects "China" error in Luc Besson filming report

Daily Mail corrects "China" error in Luc Besson filming report

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) British tabloid Daily Mail has corrected an error in a report about French director Luc Besson's new action thriller, which it originally wrote was filming in "Taipei, China." The paper referred to the filming location three times as "China" in its Oct. 22 article, which immediately drew comments of protest from Web users. Liu Wei-gong, head of Taipei's Department of Cultural Affairs, said Thursday that he, too, felt "deep regret" over such a mistake. He said the paper nevertheless has set the record straight by editing the article. The corrected version reads: "You can take the girl out of America... But Scarlett Johansson, 28, proved you can't take America out of the girl - even when that girl is filming an action thriller in Taiwan." The department said it spent nearly half a year arranging for Besson to shoot his film "Lucy" in Taipei. In the process, the department said, the city government hosted two cross-agency meetings to effectively remove technical obstacle. Once filming is done, the Taipei Film Commission will brief the press on what led Besson to decide to shoot in Taiwan, according to the culture department. On Taipei City Councilor Hung Chien-chu's question how much aid the city government has offered for Besson's team, Liu said he must withhold the information for the time being in accordance with a confidentiality agreement. Besson and his film crew have been spotted around the five-star Regent Taipei hotel in recent days, causing a local media stir. "Lucy" is reportedly about a woman, played by Johansson, working in Taiwan as a drug mule, who gains supernatural ability and becomes a fighting machine. Johansson has appeared in such blockbusters as "Iron Man 2" and "The Avengers." "Lucy" is the biggest Hollywood film to be shot in Taiwan since Ang Lee's 3-D epic adventure film "Life of Pi." (By Tai Ya-chen and Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-03-01 09:51 GMT+08:00