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Actress Michelle Yeoh -- best known for her roles in the James Bond film 'Tomorrow Never Dies' and 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' -- has been deported from Burma because of her role as a pro-democracy icon.

In the film, 'The Lady,' Yeoh plays Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained for 20 years by the Burmese government. Yeoh arrived in Rangoon on June 22 and was deported the same day because she was on a blacklist, according to a government official.

Yeoh has said she hopes her portrayal will raise awareness about Suu Kyi's story. The actress was able to visit her last December in Burma (now also called Myanmar) without incident.

Luc Besson, who's better known for his action movies like 'The Fifth Element' and 'La Femme Nikita' than political biopics directed the film, which is due out later this year.

Suu Kyi, now 66, was released last year after the nation's first election in 20 years. A civilian government is now in charge, instead of a military power, but critics say little has changed and the new government is merely a front for continued rule by the army, which has been in power here since 1962.

Sylvester Stallone shot his fourth 'Rambo' film in Burma in 2008, where it was subsequently banned. He claimed that relatives of his supporting actors were arrested by the government. 'The Lady' was shot in nearby Thailand instead.

Yeoh's other roles include the Soothsayer in 'Kung Fu Panda 2,' Zi Yuan in 'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,' and 'Memoirs of a Geisha.'

Will you see 'The Lady?'

[via The Hollywood Reporter]