Since the broadcast of Roger Kwok (郭晉安), Sunny Chan (陳錦鴻), and Ron Ng’s (吳卓羲) TVB series, Wax and Wane <團圓>, the ratings have been unsatisfactory 25 points. This week, the ratings increased slightly. The scenes featuring Sunny in intense arguments made audiences very tired. Viewers mercilessly nicknamed Sunny as “Alex Man II” (萬梓良第二).
“Noisy and Exaggerated”
Allegedly, TVB was interested in riding the success of hit series, Heart of Greed <溏心風暴>, and thus created the Wax and Wane script revolving around two families’ battle in business interests. Aside from not helping the ratings, the argument scenes made the audience tired, which resulted in numerous complaints. Sunny Chan’s argument scenes were severely criticized as being “too noisy” and “exaggerated.” Some netizens even ridiculed Sunny as “Alex Man II.” Allegedly, in a desperate attempt to reduce the audience’s anger, TVB held a meeting and decided to cut Sunny’s screen time.
Wax and Wane producer, Cheung Kin Man (張乾文), admitted that he followed online discussions regarding the series. He assumed responsibility for the unsatisfactory ratings. “We held a meeting to discuss [the audience’s reception]. We do not understand why the two families are so loud. Perhaps the audience did not like this type of storytelling.”
Regarding allegations that Sunny Chan was “Alex Man II,” Producer Cheung stated, “Sunny Chan is a good actor. Although he did go overboard this time, it was also my fault in not stopping him.” Producer Cheung denied that he will intentionally cut Sunny’s screen time. “I will just make suitable edits factoring in the public’s opinions. If it’s too noisy, we will make changes.”
Sunny Chan Did Not Mind Being Regarded as “Alex Man II”
Sunny did not mind being compared to veteran actor, Alex Man. Sunny noted, “Why wouldn’t I be happy? Alex Man is a good actor. How can I say [the comparison] is not good? Being an actor is quite passive and has to follow the script. It is difficult to please everyone.” In addition, Sunny did not mind if Producer Cheung were to cut his scenes. “Suitable changes should be made according to the audience’s taste.”
Roger Kwok: “I Told Him to Stop Talking So Much!”
At a promotional event for Wax and Wane yesterday, Roger Kwok teased Sunny, “He has always been so loud! Since At the Threshold of an Era <創世紀>, I have stayed away from him for ten years! I told him to stop talking so much.” (Did he listen to you?) “If he listened, this would not have happened! However, Wax and Wane is the type of series that you have to watch slowly.”
Sunny noted that he was acting according to the script and met the approval of the director and producer. Regarding Roger’s comment that he was loud, Sunny said, “Ha ha, perhaps this is part of my personality!”
Compiled from the Sun
Jayne: It’s a honor to be compared to acting legend Alex Man, one of my favorite actors.
It’s the first time I heard Hong Kong audiences complain of a series being too loud. I found “Heart of Greed” and “Moonlight Resonance” to be too loud as well, but the audiences enjoyed it. Every TVB series is loud and overcrowded with too many voices, especially mind-numbing meal scenes.