Alex Fong Struggles With Long Lines in “Legal Strongman”
Attending the costume fitting for upcoming TVB drama, Legal Strongman <律政強人> with Liu Kai Chi (廖啟智) and Mandy Wong (黃智雯), Alex Fong (方中信) spoke about the lengthy script and the extensive number of lines he had to remember.
After spending an entire night reading through the script, Alex could only finish going through eight episodes worth of lines. Legal Strongman was, to date, the drama he had filmed with the most number of lines. He expressed, “It has really not been easy! But thankfully, it’s all in Cantonese…so it’s still much more comfortable than filming Mainland Chinese dramas.”
Alex added, “I highlighted all over my scripts. It really tests my brainpower. Thankfully, my memory is still alright.” When Alex was first asked by one of the producers of Legal Strongman to play a lawyer, he initially thought that it would be a fairly straightforward role. He had not expected such long and complicated lines. Did he complain to the producer? Alex joked, “Yes! I showed the script to the producer. Each paragraph of my lines was literally a foot long!”
One reporter suggested that the long number of lines could perhaps increase Alex’s chances of winning Best Actor award. Alex laughed and said, “I would rather win Best Actor by playing a mute character!”
On whether Alex was comforted by the romantic scenes in the drama, Alex said with mock self-deprecation, “It doesn’t work…my daughter is already seven years old.” As for whether he had any intimate scenes, he said that there were none.
At the end of the event, Alex was gifted an audio recorder by the production team. He immediately made another reference to the length of the script, and joked that with a memory card that only contained 6 GB of memory, the audio recorder would not be able to record all his lines.
This article is written by Jingles for JayneStars.com.