Wong Cho Lam Asks for $3 Million HKD per Film

By on December 1, 2014 in Movies

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Director Patrick Kong (葉念琛) wishes to feature the cast of Come On, Cousin <老表,你好hea!> for his new movie. However, it is uncertain if Wong Cho Lam (王祖藍) will be involved as his asking salary is $3 million HKD would result in a net loss for the film. Patrick hopes to work out a solution as he finds Cho Lam to be an irreplaceable talent.

Since the airing of Come On, Cousin, the popularity of Cho Lam and the rest of the cast, Ivana Wong (王菀之), Ram Chiang (蔣志光), Louis Cheung (張繼聰), and May Chan (陳嘉佳) have shot up. Patrick hoped to reunite the team’s chemistry in his new film Without Women Inspector <沒女神探> with the addition of Pakho Chau (周柏豪).

Exponential Rise in Income

Despite not possessing conventional good looks, 34-year-old Cho Lam achieved an extremely successful career using his comedic talent. His net worth is estimated at more than $10 million (HKD). His recent participation in the Mainland variety program Hurry Up Brother <奔跑吧兄弟> earned him a cool $5.16 million HKD.

Patrick has witnessed Cho Lam’s exponential rise in value himself. In 2009, Cho Lam received a salary of $500,000 HKD for starring in the director’s romantic comedy film, Short of Love <矮仔多情>. In 2013, Cho Lam earned $1.5 million HKD for starring in another of Patrick’s romantic comedy films, Delete My Love <Delete愛人>.

Nevertheless, Cho Lam’s current asking price of $3 million HKD is higher than that of many other A-list Hong Kong film stars. If the film were targeted at the general Chinese market and could generate higher revenue, paying Cho Lam $3 million HKD would not have been a problem, but as Patrick’s film would only be targeted at the Hong Kong market, this would cause the film to possibly net a loss.

Patrick admitted that Cho Lam’s salary was in contention, but hoped to persuade Cho Lam with his sincerity, “I will not give up. I am not asking Cho Lam for a cameo; there will be a substantial role for him.” When asked if he would consider replacing Cho Lam with another actor, Patrick said persistently, “No, no one can replace him. There will be a way to solve the money issue.” Patrick then defended Cho Lam and said he was not a money-minded person, citing a recent instance of Cho Lam voluntarily helping new directors review their scripts.

In related news, Cho Lam is currently preparing for his wedding on Valentine’s Day. He and Leanne Li (李亞男) would be travelling to Maldives for their pre-wedding honeymoon and to take wedding photos. He also cleared up false rumors of a poor relationship between him and his future mother-in-law. Since the couple will focus on their careers, they will use contraceptives after marriage.

Source: Oriental Daily

This article is written by Jingles for JayneStars.com.

46 comments to Wong Cho Lam Asks for $3 Million HKD per Film

  1. Terminator says:

    If A-list film stars in HK make less than HK$3 million (US$210,000) per film, how much do they really make on average?

    This is shockingly news.

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    • Anon replied:

      3 million HKD is actually more like 390,000USD.

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      • Terminator replied:

        Thanks for the correction.

        I used the rounded off rate of 7 instead of the actual 7.7

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    • Tvbfan replied:

      Wow compared to Holly wood actors Hong Kong actors make so much less. Holly wood actors can earn like 50million max and like a million or $500k us on average for A-listed stars.

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      • Anon replied:

        Hollywood have international appeal. HK movies only have a local appeal.

        7 million (HK) vs 7 billion (global)

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      • winnie replied:

        you can’t compare apple to oranges, Hollywood has a global audience, while HK (China) has limited audience.

        I don’t think i can name any Hollywood A-lister earn $50M, $30-35M at most

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    • pt replied:

      “Hollywood have international appeal. HK movies only have a local appeal.
      7 million (HK) vs 7 billion (global)”

      Wrong. Hollywood has international appeal. HK movies have less international appeal, not none at all. Various countries in Asia and some in Europe and the Americas follow HK movies.

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      • sandy replied:

        even kim jung il liked hollywood

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      • Anon replied:

        @pt

        White-Knighting hard.

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      • Anon replied:

        @pt

        My bad!

        7.1 million (HK Movie) vs. 7 billion (Hollywood)

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  2. Allie says:

    In my opinion, he is overated, not even that funny and too big for his boots.

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    • winnie replied:

      I completely agree.

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      • m0m0 replied:

        i agree, especially after watching cousin 2. some of the scenes are so exaggerated and his acting is very so-so. his acting was much better and touch in cousin 1.

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  3. kay says:

    “Since the couple will focus on their careers, they will use contraceptives after marriage.”

    Who discloses this kind of info? The pap make it up or did Cho Lam tell people along with his virgin news. LOLLL

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    • janet replied:

      i’m trying to figure that too…did WCL tell reporters he is a virgin and will be using contraceptives after marriage?

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      • simon replied:

        I laughed so loud when I read this last sentence! the pap did not ask what size choi lam will be using?!? lol!

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      • sandcherry replied:

        LOL either way. It is a very personal matter. Why is it considered as news to the public?

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    • Just passing by replied:

      I thought Christians didn’t believe in contraception? Or is that Catholics?

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      • Kenny replied:

        yeah catholics

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  4. doremi123 says:

    it would make more sense if it’s written as $3 million HKD is over the production budget, rather than resulting in net loss.

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  5. Lopp says:

    I use to like him but he is getting really arrogant which really annoys me

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  6. wow says:

    Oh wow!!! This is peanuts!

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  7. Tess says:

    He’s seriously planning for his grand wedding next year.

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    • janet replied:

      at hong kong Disneyland on valentine’s day. Leanne li will be the princess of course while this over-rated groom will be a clown.

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      • Just passing by replied:

        Maybe they will have a Disney themed wedding?

        Snow White marrying one of the 7 Dwarfs lol

        But on a serious note… love is love. I’m glad they found each other n.n

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  8. Tess says:

    “Since the couple will focus on their careers, they will use contraceptives after marriage.”

    Isn’t that a sin for a self proclaimed virgin like him?

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    • pt replied:

      maybe not for oral?

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  9. GingerMessiah says:

    Wait a moment…

    “His net worth is estimated at more than $10 million (HKD)”

    Yet, we have in the past…

    “Speculations about their marriage surfaced after Cho Lam was rumored to have invested over $13 million HKD on a local property.”

    http://www.jaynestars.com/news/wong-cho-lam-will-wed-leanne-li-within-three-years/

    Contradictions in his actual net worth.

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  10. DUTCHGUY says:

    What kinds of jobs did he have before becoming an entertainer?

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    • Just passing by replied:

      Didn’t he teach acting classes at TVB and was a scriptwriter??

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  11. JJ says:

    What’s in him that I like…I can’t find any..not a tiny bit.

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    • janet replied:

      front, back, left, right…I don’t see anything nice…but love is blind.

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    • HeTieShou replied:

      Well we do not know him personally and there is also more to anyone rather than just physical apperance. Yes,love is blind. You know the saying,in the eyes of your lover,all you see is Xi Shi.

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    • Elizabeth replied:

      Looks can only make a relationship last a while. But personality makes a relationship last a lifetime. I am glad that Leanne sees more than skin deep.

      Congratulations to both of them I wish they have a nice sunny day for their wedding.

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  12. winnie says:

    WHAT!!! I thought Christian don’t believe in “contraceptives” Wong Cho Lam.

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    • MW replied:

      LOL

      Yep, Christians believe in being fruitful. 🙂

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  13. x says:

    this joker is worth 3 mil a film?
    i wonder how his future wife is gonna stand sleeping and waking up next to him.

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    • janet replied:

      love is blind, remember?

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      • x replied:

        ya $ove is $lind snorts

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  14. janet says:

    I know catholics are not allowed to use contraceptives…honestly nobody gives a damn what WCL uses. really don’t understand why his sex life is mentioned.

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    • passingby replied:

      Haha people are interested in his sex life cos they’re wondering if he can actually do it!

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      • janet replied:

        he’s a man right? just a little short.
        if he is talented, then his future mother-in-law would welcome this talented guy with open arms.

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      • passingby replied:

        errr, only leanne knows whether he’s short.

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      • Kenny replied:

        in response to the short comment, i thought its safe to assume he’s short, since your body parts are generally all relative

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  15. raymond says:

    This fellow reli tot he already very popular. He famous in tvb not means he really can go further in the outside and started demanding 3million per movie. lol.

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  16. Hannahh says:

    Cho lam is overrated

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