Once Mark Chao (趙又廷) and Vic Chou (周渝民) were good friends. However, an award came between the two friends and now they are no longer on talking terms. For the first time since they went their separate ways, their paths may cross again when Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 <單身男女2> starts filming. In the new movie, Vic will star opposite Mark’s girlfriend, Gao Yuanyuan (高圓圓).
In 2009, good friends Mark and Vic were both nominated for Best Actor in Black and White <痞子英雄> in the Taiwanese Golden Bell awards. Although Vic was widely speculated to walk away with the award, the award eventually went to Mark. Vic was reportedly very saddened by his own loss, and stayed inside his house for days. Since then, their friendship nosedived; Mark and Vic stopped talking to each other.
Vic Chou film for director Johnnie To’s (杜琪峰) Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2, joining Louis Koo (古天樂) and Mark’s girlfriend, Gao Yuanyuan, on the set. Mark does not believe there will be any awkwardness between Yuanyuan and Vic, as both are professional actors and dodged further questions on the subject.
Mark’s new film, So Young <致我們終將逝去的青春>, which is directed by Vicki Zhao (赵薇), has grossed over 500 million RMB in mainland China’s box office. However, Mark’s acting was critiqued, particularly by Vic’s fans. Mark said humbly, “I will seek to improve myself.”
Mark, Eddie Peng (彭於晏), Kai Ko (柯震東) and Chen Bo Lin (陳柏霖), were labeled as “Taiwan’s Four Fresh Meats” and the media often compared the actors’ earning power, looks, and marketability. Mark did not mind the comparison, as this was the media’s tactics in news headlines. Seeing his good friend is not on the list, Mark added, “Where’s Ethan Ruan (阮經天)? No matter what list I’m on, Ethan must be on it too!”
This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.