Stephen Chow’s new film, Journey to the West <西遊降魔篇> will be released in February of 2013. Stephen and the cast attended a press conference at Beijing yesterday to promote the movie. A making of the movie video was shown and the casts revealed the humorous stories while working with each other.
Although Stephen is not in the movie, he was busier than most of the stars. In one of the behind-the-scenes clips shown yesterday, Stephen was coaching Shu Qi (舒淇), who portrays a comedic and crude exorcist, how to perform an exorcism, and shouted at her, “Decapitate him! Tear his hands off! His legs too!” Shu Qi performed the scene to perfection by yanking the hands, the legs, and the head of the extra, while howling with laughter at the same time.
Shu Qi told the media that was the first time she has done a scene with such dramatization, and admitted feeling high when she performed the exorcism. Another clip revealed Shu Qi going after the main character Tang Sanzang (Wen Zhang 文章), in which she savagely smacked Wen on his head and viciously kicked him. At the same time she shouted, “You useless, impotent, moron! Eat crap!” This was a departure from the classic beauty that most people associate her with. Stephen praised her acting as incredible, a guru on par with himself.
When Stephen offered Shu Qi the role, he did not contact her agency or manager. Stephen called her out of the blue and asked if she had time to have a date with him. Stephen said, “I was surprised she didn’t find it exciting having dinner with me; she seemed to be more interested in acting.” Shu Qi enjoyed the filming process immensely, getting a good laugh by asking Stephen to demonstrate the comedic scenes first.
Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West is a nutty version of one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature. In the movie, Wen Zhang plays a comedic version of a filthy Tang Sanzang. Stephen found Wen to be so funny that he felt it was time to retire from acting.
Another leading man, Huang Bo (黃渤), who plays the Monkey King, felt left out when Wen got to do all the intimate scenes with Shu Qi. “I am extremely bitter!” joked Huang.
Source: Apple Daily
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