Although the role of Laughing Gor in E.U. <學警狙擊> propelled Michael Tse (謝天華) to stardom, it did not help Michael win TVB’s Best Actor award. Hoping to expand his career, Michael decided to focus on the mainland China market instead, where he is popular due to his signature Laughing Gor role.
When Michael’s contract with TVB ended in June, he decided not to renew it. Since entering TVB in 1998, Michael worked at the station for 15 years. There were speculations as to whether he would either join Eric Tsang (曾志偉) or Ricky Wong (王維基), but Michael enjoys his freedom and decided to set up his own company, Laughing Workshop and focus on the mainland market.
Currently, Michael is concentrating on his November concert, Friends for Life 2013 <歲月友情演唱會> 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).
Good Relations with TVB
Laughing Gor is one of the most memorable characters TVB created in recent years. The popularity of the character spawned two movies, Turning Point < Laughing Gor之變節> and Turning Point 2 < Laughing Gor之潛罪犯>. The spin-off sequel to E.U., Lives of Omission <潜行狙击> even won Best Drama at the TVB Anniversary Awards in 2011.
Though nominated, Michael did not win the Best Actor that year. Was this related to his decision to leave TVB? He said openly, “Laughing Gor was so popular. He has even won many awards in China, but surprisingly, none in his home country. To say that I was not disappointed would be a lie! I can only treat it as training for my EQ and learn to accept it as a fact. Of course, that was only part of the reason why I did not want to renew my contract.”
TVB allegedly offered an eight-figure salary to make Michael stay, but his decision remained firm. “Money is not everything. Now I value the opportunities provided, but I will also not give up on the Hong Kong market. It depends on the opportunities!”
Michael enjoys a good relationship with TVB and may work with the station again. He said, “We are not unhappy. Our relationship is still very good. If I did not act in that series (Sniper Standoff 神鎗狙擊), I would not be out on the streets! By looking at how I adjust my schedule to suit the promotional events, you can tell. Later, I may sign a per-series contract.”
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