Action star Tony Jaa has changed his formal Thai name to Thatchakorn Yeerum (ทัชชกร ยีรัมย์). According to an item by Soopsip in today's Daily Xpress, it means “the great inventor”.
The new name goes with the spiky, short haircut he was sporting at Sunday's Subhanahongsa Awards, where he was up for his first best-actor nomination.
His stage name Tony Jaa will remain.
Name changes are common in Thai culture, where people will adopt an auspicious new moniker to change their luck.
According to a forum thread at TonyJaa.org this isn't the first time Tony has changed his name.
Before he starred in Ong-Bak, he went by the name Worawit Yeerum.
Update: Lyn's Lakorns has more on this.
(Via Daily Xpress; Daily Xpress photo by Warisara Wuthikul)