Kevin Cheng Earns $45 Million; Tops TVB Artists’ Incomes
Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) has become TVB’s highest earning artist, on track to earn $45 million HKD this year! Since the immensely popular Bu Bu Jing Xin <步步驚心>, Kevin struck gold in mainland China. With his new found wealth, Kevin will open his own production studio next year.
Filming five mainland dramas consecutively, Kevin is currently shooting the Ip Man <葉問> TV drama in mainland China. Portraying the coveted titular role, Kevin has been training extensively in Wing Chun martial arts. He admitted that Ip Man has been the most physically strenuous role he has taken on, in which approximately 25 percent of his scenes are fighting scenes.
Kevin filmed an explosion scene in Kunshan, China earlier this week. The scene spoke of Kevin attempting to thwart a suicidal student demonstration. A student wrapped himself with explosives and rushed towards a car, resulting in the car explosion. As this is Kevin’s first time filming a car explosion scene, he was nervous with sweat. Fortunately, the scene was planned and executed well, without any injury to Kevin and the cast.
After completing Ip Man, Kevin will be filming Bu Bu Jing 2, reuniting with the popular cast from the first installment. Reportedly earning $400,000 RMB per episode for Bu Bu Jing Xin, his filming fee will be nearly $47.2 million HKD this year. Deducting TVB’s commission fees, Kevin will pocket $37.8 million. Adding in an additional income from commercial endorsements and promotional appearance fees, Kevin will earn a whopping $45 million HKD this year, topping the payroll among TVB artists.
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