Chilam Cheung and Francis Ng at “Triumph in the Skies 2” Press Conference
TVB held a press conference for its mega-project, Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II>, yesterday. The sequel to the 2003 pilot series featured an impressive cast, including Francis Ng (吳鎮宇), Chilam Cheung (張智霖), Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), Fala Chen (陳法拉), Ron Ng (吳卓羲), Kenneth Ma (馬國明), Elena Kong (江美儀), and Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗. At yesterday’s event, the cast flanked executives from Hong Kong Airlines, who will be sponsoring the filming of the drama in Great Britain, France, Taiwan, and Hainan Island!
TVB Finally Wins Chilam Cheung
Since Chilam Cheung appeared in the sales presentation for Triumph in the Skies 2 in December 2011, fans have been eager to see Chilam portray a handsome pilot. As the 40-episode drama would require 6 months to film, Chilam was naturally hesitant. “Since the drama will take half a year to film, I considered the filming offer for a very long time.”
Months of extended negotiations took place before TVB was able to convince Chilam to star in Triumph in the Skies 2! Chilam confessed that he agreed to the filming offer as a personal favor to TVB executive, Tommy Leung (梁家樹). Chilam’s popularity rose significantly after he appeared in 1996’s Cold Blood, Warm Heart <天地男兒> due to Mr. Leung allowing him the acting opportunity.
Nevertheless, Chilam was excited to appear in Triumph in the Skies 2 after agreeing to join the cast. He will be wearing clothes from his own personal wardrobe, valued at a 6-figure sum, to suit his “playboy” pilot role. Chilam said, “For the sake of Tommy Leung, I will pour in my own money! There is no other choice, as I am such close friends with Tommy!”
Fala Chen in Love Triangle with Chilam Cheung and Francis Ng
Chilam will be romantically paired with Fala Chen, whose love destiny will also be entangled with Francis Ng. Despite Fala’s relationship with Francis starting off in a bickering manner, she will grow closer to the experienced pilot. Fala indicated that she was unclear regarding the romantic outcome of the love triangle yet.
Asked whether she will have any kissing scenes with Chilam, Fala said she did not know, but joked, “When we film in France, perhaps we will kiss under the romantic atmosphere!”
Myolie Wu to Portray Two Characters
Despite Myolie and Francis’ romance driving the plot in the original Triumph in the Skies, TVB scriptwriters have decided to kill Myolie’s “Zoe” character. At the press conference yesterday, Myolie stated that her “Zoe” character will only star opposite Francis in 2 episodes!
However, Myolie will portray a second role in the drama as an aircraft repair technician. Although the producer requested that Myolie cut her hair short to suit her tomboy character, she was reluctant to do so. “I spent a lot of time growing my hair to its current length!
Francis Ng Clarifies Rumors with Myolie Wu
While filming the original Triumph in the Skies, it was rumored that Francis Ng did not get along with Myolie Wu, who was a newcomer at the time. At the press conference yesterday, Francis and Myolie laughed off the rumors. Francis joked that Myolie for gaining more weight than in previous years, while teasing Ron Ng, “Hey, you’re early today!” Francis’ joke indicated that Ron may have a lateness habit.
Francis revealed that due to the grueling filming schedule of the original Triumph in the Skies, a group of TVB artists had played paper-rock-scissors to determine who would call in sick for the day, allowing the cast a much needed break. Known for her hard work ethics, Myolie Wu did not participate in the games and showed up at the filming studio early instead.
Kenneth Ma Paired with Elena Kong
In Triumph in the Skies 2, Kenneth Ma will be involved in a younger man, elder woman relationship with Elena Kong. He declared that in real life, he will not reject a relationship with a 20 year difference! At an earlier event, Kenneth also indicated that he preferred older women, while regarding younger girls as more difficult to maintain.
Triumph in the Skies 2 will start filming in August. The drama also stars Kelly Fu (傅嘉莉), Sin Lap Man (單立文), William Chak (翟威廉), Adrian Chau (周志文), Skye Chan (陳倩揚), Sherry Chan (陳爽), Jess Shum (沈卓盈), and Crystal Li (李雪瑩) . Although Him Law (羅仲謙) and Nancy Wu (胡定欣) were not present at yesterday’s press conference, they will be portraying a romantic couple in the drama.
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Jayne: While I have reservations towards the emphasis of romantic couplings in promoting “Triumph in the Skies 2,” which seem to lean towards glamorous pilot/ flight attendant pairings, I like the cast very much! I am especially excited to see Chilam as a “playboy” pilot, which may resemble Joe Ma’s character from the first installment!