Yao Ming and Ye Li cut the cake when attending the premiere of the film in Shanghai on August 25, 2013.
Retired Chinese professional basketball player Yao Ming now features in a short film, co-starring with his wife Ye Li. The film, focusing on the dangers of drunk driving, was released yesterday in Shanghai.
"I'm not a professional actor. The acting was hard for me, but I enjoyed working with my wife." Yao said.
Calling for safe driving, this public-service short film tells the story of one designated driver, played by Yao Ming, who is forced to make tough choices between drinking and driving, work and family, commitment and responsibility.
When asked about whether he intends to start a movie career, Yao claimed to have no such plans. "I don't think I have any acting talent. Ye and I are just amateurs. But we really enjoyed making this film." Yao said, "The film was shot on Father's day. I want to set an example for our future generations and encourage more people to be aware of safe driving."
Yao and Ye's daughter has long been the focus of attention. Many think that 3-year old Qinlei has already reached a height of 1.3m, judging from a photo released online.
When a reporter asked about this, Yao answered, "Oh no, she's much shorter than that." Yao also stated that he would not put too much pressure on the kid. "It's her choice whether to play basketball or not."