TVB has invited Steven Ma (馬浚偉) to return and film for a new drama, Property Protector <守業者>, in May. With a current lack of siu sangs, TVB executive, Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍), reportedly offered Steven a higher salary and even allowed him to select the main cast.
After much thought, Steven stated his preference to work with good friends Bobby Au Yeung (歐陽震華) and Tavia Yeung (楊怡). In the drama, Tavia will portray Steven’s lover and Bobby will portray his older brother. Unfortunately, Bobby later declined the filming offer due to health issues. In February, he was hospitalized for two weeks from acute pneumonia. An insider revealed, “Bobby has strong teamwork spirit, and he had wanted to finish filming this drama before taking a break. However, his wife disapproves, and she even went to discuss the matter with Catherine herself!”
Bobby told the media that his wife made the right decision. If his health were to go awry during filming, his family would be very worried, and the cast would be affected as well. Therefore, he decided to take a break at home. Third-line actor, Evergreen Mak (麥長青), will take his place instead. Hearing the news that Bobby will be unable to act in the new drama, Steven exclaimed to the reporters, “I’m very disappointed!”
An insider revealed, “Steven wanted to find someone with strong acting abilities to take on the role. He tried contacting TV King, Wayne Lai (黎耀祥), but he is way too busy. To return and film for TVB again, of course Steven wishes the drama to be a big hit. That’s why he has to find a heavy cast. No wonder he is disappointed and has threatened to not sign the contract.”
Steven said, “From beginning to end, I thought I was going to be able to work with Bobby! The last time we collaborated was over ten years ago, in File of Justice <壹號皇庭>. That time I was still a young lad who learned from him when we had scenes together. That’s why I am truly disappointed right now!” Does Steven think Evergreen is not good enough? “Evergreen and I are good brothers, but that’s another topic. Working with him onscreen lacks a fresh feeling.”
Evergreen Mak Responds to Steven Ma’s Comment
Reporters phoned Evergreen for a response to the tabloids. “I know Steven wants to work with Bobby, so it is quite disappointing! He is a siu sang, and I’m just a guy who stands and walks around! But I believe Steven is not that kind of person. Maybe I am less educated and more careless!” He said.
Producer of the new drama, Leung Choi Yuen (梁材遠), revealed that the company has everything settled with Steven now. In order to get Steven to return, TVB tried their very best to accommodate his needs.
Source: Sudden Weekly #926 via ihktv.com
This article is written by Shirley for JayneStars.com.