Bowie Lam: From TVB Star to People’s Idol
Bowie Lam’s (林保怡) popularity is astonishing. Although the former TVB actor stayed relatively low-profile after leaving Hong Kong for a career in mainland China two years ago, the friendly 47-year-old actor has only gained new admiration among fans in China.
A favorite actor among producers, Bowie has had lucrative television and film offers in the last few months. With TVB’s hectic filming style, Bowie was trained to handle challenging filming situations. After leaving TVB, he continued to engage himself in more film and studio work, grabbing at every challenging opportunity that could help him further improve his craft.
One of Bowie’s first mainland Chinese dramas after leaving TVB was The Two Heroes <雙雄>, a television drama set against the time period of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Having to fly from Xinjiang to Shanghai back and forth to film the drama, Bowie has experienced both cold winters and hot, desert summers, but Bowie enjoys the “pain” for having to travel to different locations to shoot a drama.
Bowie will also be starring as a “stubborn Shanghainese uncle from grassroots” in his first leading mainland Chinese film, Tita Tita <踢踏踢踏>, which also stars Hanjin Tan (陳奐仁). Bowie is also involved in John Woo’s (吳宇森) new romantic epic The Crossing <太平輪>.
Currently staying in Beijing, Bowie had quite a culture shock when he first moved there. Unlike Hong Kong’s fast-paced lifestyle, Beijing’s lifestyle is slower, calmer, and more relaxing. In Beijing, Bowie can see blue skies, but in Hong Kong, the skies are covered with clusters of clouds and skyscrapers.
Bowie is an eagle with great wings. He is always looking for new challenges, new roles, and aims to fly high up in the sky. He stated that he will not slow down, and he will continue to do what he does for as long as he can. There goes a story saying that eagles have a lifespan of 70 years. By age 40, their talons and feathers grow old and they have to go through much pain to have them regrown, only for a chance to see themselves fly freely again for another 30 years. Like Bowie, only an eagle that is not afraid of pain can have a future.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.