The Confidant <大太監> has aired to rave reviews since it premiered on November 5. Viewers have been glued to the tube and netizens flooded the net with predominantly outstanding feedback. Seeing the excellent reception from the viewers, TVB is attempting to give The Confidant a further boost by allowing the viewers to select the ending.
According to producer Marco Law (羅永賢), since Li Lianying (Wayne Lai 黎耀祥) and Emperor Dowager Cixi’s (Michelle Yim 米雪) lives were well documented, it will be tough to show a dramatic alternate ending without altering historical facts. So it was determined that palace maid Sin Yung (Nancy Wu 胡定欣), will be the main focus. Both the original and the alternate endings will be aired in their entirety.
The finale will be aired on December 16 and the 17, with two hours per night. The cast and the production crew will be at a shopping mall promotional event to watch the preferred ending. According to Marco Law, the selection process for the ending will begin on the Monday prior to the finale. As to the selection method involved, it is still to be determined. The ending may have Nancy dead, married, or become a nun. Scenes involving the other characters will be spliced into the alternate ending.
Nancy Wu: “I’d Rather Die”
For Nancy, she prefers to have a sad ending for Sin Yung. Filming in London for Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲宵II>, Nancy revealed in a long distance phone interview that she is thrilled to be in the center of attention. Of all the possible scenarios, Nancy prefers the ending where she dies. “Life is full of changes, and one cannot always expect a happy ending. Sometime it’s okay to lament at a sad ending. However ultimately, the viewers will decide, and I understand most of them will prefer a happy ending.”
Although Nancy is only playing a supporting role in The Confidant, she has a large amount of screen time. She won the Most Improved Actress award in 2008, and while the TV Queen title may be out of her realm this time, she would like to win the Best Supporting Actress. Nancy revealed, “It will be a confirmation of my effort, a great encouragement, and a thank you to my supporters. Hopefully, the viewers will cast their votes for me.”
Power Chan a Favorite for Best Supporting
Nancy is not the only favorite in the upcoming TVB Anniversary Awards. Power Chan (陳國邦), is also a strong contender for the Best Supporting Actor award with his portrayal of the villain Sham Shun. Acting since he was 23 years old, Power originally focusing on films and he has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category in the past. Although his acting is widely acknowledged, Power never had a true breakthrough in his TVB career. Since The Confidant, Power’s time finally arrived.
Power spent much time and effort to design the multifaceted personality of Sham Shun, who is a villainous coward and later turned righteous by the influence of the Princess Wo Shek (Aimee Chan 陳茵媺). “Playing the role becomes natural once you craft the character to fit your specifications,” Power explained.
When asked if he ever thought about winning an award for his performance, Power said, “It definitely crossed my mind more than once. But I view winning the award like entering the lottery: everybody wants to win. My part is to do my best, the rest is beyond my control.”
This article is written by Lance for JayneStars.com.
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