Jean Reno says people were 'fainting' on the set of Spike Lee's new Vietnam movie

Hanna Flint
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MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 28: French actor Jean Reno attends the '4 Latas' premiere at Paz Cinema on February 28, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images)

Jean Reno makes his Spike Lee debut in the filmmaker’s new Vietnam War movie and it was a tough shoot.

According to the French actor, known for roles in Leon and new movieCold Blood Legacy, there were people fainting on Da 5 Bloods set because of hot temperatures while shooting on location in Thailand.

“We have been shooting in Thailand,” Reno told PA. “He was very unique.

“But very difficult – the most difficult thing is the heat inside the jungle. It is very difficult.

“You have to preserve yourself and be careful because some people, they fainted because of the heat and humidity.”

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01: Spike Lee walks the red carpet ahead of the "American Skin" screening during the 76th Venice Film Festival at Sala Giardino on September 01, 2019 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Da 5 Bloods is Lee’s first film since winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman.

This war drama is centered on four African-American Vietnam veterans who return to the Southeast Asian country in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader and the promise of buried treasure.

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Reno is the villain of the movie that features The Good Fight’s Delroy Lindo, The Wire alum Clarke Peters and Isiah Whitlock Jr, Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito and Broadway star Norm Lewis.

Spike Lee shot Da 5 Bloods in Vietnam and Thailand (Credit: Spike Lee/Instagram)

Chadwick Boseman also appears in the film, reportedly as the son of one of the leads, along with Mélanie Thierry (The Zero Theorem) and Veronica Ngo (Star Wars: The Last Jedi).

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Filming began in March of this year, both in Thailand and Vietnam, and it was confirmed in February that the final product will end up on Netflix.

The film was co-written by Lee and his BlacKkKlansman collaborator Kevin Willmott and is based on an original screenplay by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo.

Da 5 Bloods is expected for release in 2020.