In 2008, Yayan was asked by Gareth Evans to help with the choreography for his film Merantau. He also auditioned for the role of Eric, later stating that he did not care if he was cast, so long as he did his best. He received the part, and Merantau was released in 2009. In the film, his character, an antagonistic and diminutive martial artist, is capable of overcoming a considerably larger man in moments. Afterwards, he had several people approach him and ask to study silat, although some called him Eric.
Yayan speaks fluent Sundanese, and Indonesian. He also speaks conversational English a little bit. As of 2017[update], Yayan has three children, who live with his wife in Tasikmalaya; Yayan, because of his work, must live in Jakarta. Aside from his acting, he teaches pencak silat. 153554b96e