To many Hong Kong viewers, Michael Tse (謝天華) is best known for his role as Laughing Gor from E.U. <潛行狙擊>. In reality, Michael has been with TVB since 1995, when he was first cast in A Kindred Spirit <真情>. With years spent at TVB, Michael expected to win Best Actor for 2011’s Lives of Omission <潛行狙擊>, but was disappointed when the award remained out of his grasp. After 17 long years with TVB, Michael finally decided not to renew his contract.
Life After TVB
Michael’s contract with TVB officially ends on June 30 and it was rumored that he will be signing with either Eric Tsang (曾志偉) or Johnnie To’s (杜琪峯) entertainment company. Michael laughed off the rumors and revealed that he does not have solid plans after regaining his freedom. In November, Michael will have a concert with Young and Dangerous <古惑仔> friends Ekin Cheng (鄭伊健), Jordan Chan (陳小春), Chin Ka Lok (錢嘉樂), and Jerry Lamb (林曉峰).
In response to whether or not he plans to renew his contract with TVB in the future, Michael answered, “I still have a lot to learn and I don’t want to rush into anything right now. My years at TVB have been a roller-coaster ride, but I’ll always remember the experiences and people I’ve worked with.” As with HKTV’s offer to have him jump stations, he expressed that he has already rejected their offer as their filming style is completely different from TVB and does not fit with his image.
Plentiful Opportunities In Mainland
Michael indirectly denied that he is leaving TVB because of the lack of recognition and awards. Since he has been with the station for almost two decades, he wants to venture out to experience new opportunities. Michael disclosed his gratitude for TVB, “I think Hong Kong is the best place for newcomers to begin their career. Luckily, the role, Laughing, earned me a ticket into the mainland market. I want to work with different artists and producers so I can keep growing. New experiences are a part of life so I don’t want to remain at once place.”
It was said that TVB upper management drew an eight-figure salary for Michael to stay. While Michael did not directly deny the claims, he asserted that money is not his top goal, as it is pointless to receive a lot of money just to have repeated performances. With his worth growing immensely in mainland, it is inevitable that Michael will find success in the future whether he is with TVB or not.
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