Obama's brother turns down film role

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) - December 14, 2009

Mark Ndesandjo told The Associated Press on Monday the $18 million Chinese frontier film is a "high quality and popular production" directed by Jiang Wen. The movie features Hong Kong mega star Chow Yun-fat.

The Guangzhou Daily News reported Monday that Ndesandjo was offered a role to star as a pastor in the film.

But Ndesandjo says he neither evaluated nor accepted a request to be in the film. He says he's busy focusing on his writing and charity projects.

Ndesandjo, who recently published a novel, works as a consultant in the southern city of Shenzhen.

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