Ben Wong Talks Working with Kara Wai for “The Defected”
Loyal viewers of TVB get to spend their evenings almost every single day with Ben Wong (黃智賢). Currently starring in the Monday through Friday drama The Defected <鐵探>, Ben is also a main star in the Saturday drama ICAC Investigators 2019 <廉政行動2019>.
Starring as Chief Superintendent Samuel Ching in The Defected, Ben plays a former SDU officer who had injured his leg during an operation, crippling him. “It’s my first time doing scenes on a wheelchair,” said the actor. “It’s comfortable! The wheelchair isn’t hard to control, but there was a scene where Kara Wai (惠英紅) and I got so heated in dialogue that I flipped myself over like a turtle.”
The Defected is a political thriller that focuses on the internal battles between high-ranking police officials. It is a topic rarely done in the Hong Kong film and TV industry. “I had a great time doing the show, especially with Kara Wai. We are antagonists of each other. None of us want to be the losers. It’s really a great opportunity to boost my performance!”
Grateful for the opportunity to star alongside the film queen, Ben said his experience would have been greatly improved if he also got to work with Philip Keung (姜皓文). “We originally had much more scenes together, but when it came to the final product, our characters only appeared in one scene together. It was me inside a vehicle, and he was outside. No direct contact. It’s a pity.”
Prior to the broadcast of The Defected and ICAC Investigators 2019, Ben starred alongside Adia Chan (陳松伶) in The Ghetto-Fabulous Lady <福爾摩師奶>. Having three back-to-back shows airing nonstop, is Ben worried that viewers would get bored of him?
“All three characters are different,” he said. “In The Defected, I don’t make an appearance until episode 8. I don’t have many scenes in ICAC. I don’t think viewers will get confused.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.