Frequently headlining gossip magazines, Cecilia Cheung (張栢芝) became the recent target of Johnnie To‘s (杜琪峰) criticism. The popular Hong Kong director stated that few directors were willing to cast Cecilia because of her messy personal life and divorce with Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒).
While Cecilia has yet to directly respond to the matter, her agency, AEG Entertainment Group, fired back at Johnnie’s inconsiderate comment. AEG CEO Yu Yuxing (余毓興) expressed, “Johnnie is a very famous director. In order to promote his new film, he had to talk about Cecilia’s divorce and landed on headlines for two days. I am pleased for him, but at the same time feel hurt and sad for him.”
Although Yu personally admires Johnnie’s excellent films, the AEG CEO sighed in disappointment over Johnnie’s recent comments, which undermine his status as a respected director in the industry. While Yu understands the competitive nature of the Hong Kong film industry, he believes there are other promotional methods that can be employed and a director should not have to step on others to make noise and create media buzz.
In terms of Johnnie’s claims that no one would hire Cecilia anymore, Yu refuted, “Cecilia has over ten scripts to choose from. However, she likes to choose her scripts carefully.”
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.