In many people’s eyes, Andy Lau (劉德華) is the perfect actor, singer, producer, boss, husband, and gentleman, all rolled into one. His friendly demeanor and willingness to help others have led to widespread praise, and he is often touted as a role model for young people. However, Andy revealed in a recent interview that he too has his share of shortcomings, especially when it comes to his temper.
Accustomed to Diligence
Since Andy performed in many of the action scenes himself in his upcoming film, Firestorm <風暴>, which opened in theaters on December 12, many have marveled at his diligence in performing such dangerous stunts. But to Andy, diligence has long since become a habit, though he admits he may not be as busy as he seems.
“I’m used to being hard-working,” he said. “If you see something that requires energy to express, you will do it. You’ll need to use energy to do things that you like and to wholeheartedly immerse yourself in them.”
Because of his positive work ethic, many fans are under the impression that Andy’s schedule is extremely packed every day of the year. However, he said that this stems from his tendency to group all of his projects together. In fact, he finished filming Firestorm, which is his 146th movie, one year ago. Since then, his only activities have been performing in concerts, attending promotional events, and spending vacation days with his family.
“I won’t say I’m not busy,” Andy said, “but whether I am busy or not, I can still enjoy my life right now…. Everyone has already decided that to be Andy Lau, you must be very busy. It’s actually misleading to say I’m a model worker, but it’s good to use this to encourage young people.”
Anger as a Type of Art
Despite his public image as a mild-mannered gentleman, Andy readily admitted that he gets angry and scolds others when he is in a negative state of mind.
“I’m actually not that different from a normal person,” he said. “I have a temper as well…. If someone isn’t concentrating on his or her work, I will get angry. It’s okay to make a mistake, but to be inattentive is not okay.”
For Andy, anger is also a way to defuse conflicts, especially on set – something to which he has to pay more attention now that he is a film producer. “Sometimes getting angry can finish an issue quickly and let things start over again,” he shared. “Anger is a type of art. If there is emotional backlash between a director and his boss or with an actor, you might be able to stabilize their moods by getting angry.”
His ability to control other people’s moods is a result of working at his family’s store when he was young. Because his mother was in charge of the kitchen, and his older sister was responsible for the money, Andy was sent to chat with the customers and take care of them. “I’m accustomed to controlling the moods of many people to make them happy,” he said.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.