Anthony Wong Outshines Wayne Lai in “Lord of Shanghai”
Lord of Shanghai <梟雄>, the recently premiered anniversary drama that stars Anthony Wong (黃秋生) and Wayne Lai (黎耀祥), has received high ratings so far. Wayne expressed that it was a good start. Regarding viewers’ comments that his performance is not on par with Anthony’s outstanding acting, Wayne humbly agreed with the assessment.
Wayne added that he respects the audience’s right to express their opinions and does not mind being compared less favorably with Anthony. Wayne said, “Anthony is naturally impressive. He is very experienced in both film and stage acting. I have a lot to learn from him. He often has a lot of good ideas for adding depth to the portrayal of his character. For instance, in this drama, he suggested adding in the Shanghainese accent. This had a very good effect on TV.”
On the audience’s criticism that the adding in of the Shanghainese accent made the drama appear too exaggerated, Wayne responded, “When producing a drama, there are so many considerations to take into account, and many creative techniques to employ. The most important thing is that the drama will not be overlooked. It doesn’t matter that it receives criticism.” He added that it was impossible to please everyone.
Wayne then emphasized that he did not mind netizens’ comments that he could not act as well as Anthony. He said, “Of course, it’s very hard to surpass Anthony.” He added humbly, “The star of the show is after all, Anthony, and I’m merely there as an accessory. I have a lot to learn from him.”
In response to criticism that the plot of the drama was illogical at some points, Wayne pointed out, “Well, a drama has to necessarily have storylines that are less realistic. This is for the sake of the drama’s development.”
Appearing at the commencement ceremony of Here Comes the God of Wealth <財神駕到> yesterday, Wayne also shared his filming experiences on set of the TVB drama. During filming, Wayne was accidentally injured by Pal Sinn (單立文). Wayne said, “I put some eye drops on it. I didn’t think it was very serious, so I didn’t see a doctor. It has already started to form a scab.”
On whether Wayne would try to “take revenge” on Pal, he responded, “There is only one fighting scene with him in the entire drama, so there is no opportunity for revenge.”
This article is written by Jingles for JayneStars.com.