It was known that in recent days, in order to receive a head start in the battle of the free broadcasting television stations in 2012, TVB did not think twice about replicating their tried-and-tested success formula of filming sequels to their highly-lauded classic dramas. Banking on them to attract prospective clients to advertise with them, it was understood that one of the scheduled sequels was the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2003 popular aviation drama, Triumph In The Skies《衝上雲霄》.
Furthermore, in a bid to spice up the competition, TVB had allegedly tried to tempt prominent actor-singer Chilam Cheung (張智霖) to accept the main leading role of “Triumph” with a hefty paycheck of 80,000 HKD per episode. However, Chilam Cheung, who had in recent days splurged 20,000 HKD to rent a luxury apartment, felt that the filming remuneration offered was too low and even said, “Huh, so little? My usual asking price is way higher than that.”
With the battle of the free broadcasting stations erupting soon and the recent poaching trend of their employees, TVB did not dare to let their guard down and splurged heavily on producing multiple grand productions in a bid to retain the “affections” of both their artistes and advertisers from wavering over to their upcoming rival stations.
As the saying goes, “being prepared is already half the battle won”, hence in hopes of emerging as the victorious winner, TVB decided to pull a ratings guarantee stunt by preparing for the filming of sequels to their past blockbuster dramas and one of them was the follow-up to the immensely popular 2003 airline drama, “Triumph In The Skies”, which had starred veteran actor Francis Ng (吳鎮宇) and then-TVB fadan actress Flora Chan (陳慧珊).
Yesterday, at the crack of dawn, the brand new unconfirmed cast of Triumph In The Skies 2《衝上雲霄 2》were shooting at the airport for the 2012 TVB Sales Presentation trailer and they included original cast members Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), Nancy Wu (胡定欣), Ron Ng (吳卓羲) as well as the addition of new cast members Chilam Cheung, Kate Tsui (徐子珊) and the newly-crowned Miss HK Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗).
[Caption: Daniel Chau (周志康) [second from left in the photo above], MC Jin (歐陽靖) [centre in the photo above], William Chak (翟威廉) [second from right in the photo above] and etc had participated in the filming of the trailer however from the looks of it, MC Jin does seem a little out of place as compared to the rest]
Myolie Wu will be in a wheelchair
In recent days, there have been rumors aplenty that Chilam Cheung would be replacing the empty position left behind by Francis Ng, the original main male lead of “Triumph In The Skies”, for a exorbitant price of 80,000 HKD per episode. However, Chilam has not accepted the offer yet and laughed, “Huh, So little? It doesn’t reflect my actual asking price, just joking! There are many factors that have not been determined yet, it is still too soon to tell whether I will actually be accepting this role when filming officially begins. To be honest, I don’t shoot with TVB on the basis of money but of course I also hope to be able to film some classic television productions.”
Appearing onscreen in a wheelchair, Myolie Wu revealed that she still didn’t know whether she would be included in the cast and reprising her original role in “Triumph In The Skies 2” when filming officially starts however she professed that it would indeed be a refreshing challenge if she were to act as a handicapped personnel in “Triumph”. Myolie continued, “This marks my very first time sitting on a wheelchair ever since I had stepped into the industry. The company would most probably include me in the cast as this is after all a classic production. Of course I do hope that the original cast behind “Triumph In The Skies” would return to film this sequel, especially my original onscreen partner Francis Ng as I have learned many things from him when we were filming together. If the original story from “Triumph” were to progress, it would portray that my character has already gotten married and maybe Francis would come at a later time to film as it is after all better for the integral character to participate in filming this sequel.”
Myolie Wu sacrificed her sleeping time to film the trailer for “Triumph In The Skies 2”
Chilam Cheung and Myolie Wu had apparently sacrificed their sleeping time by waking up at the crack of dawn specially to film the trailer for “Triumph In The Skies 2”. Myolie, who was acting as a handicapped personnel, was in high spirits and happily “danced” away in her wheelchair once she was on it, clearly displaying that she had no problems using the wheelchair in front and behind the scenes.
Myolie had previously performed a wheelchair dance thus she was very familiar on how to maneuver the wheelchair; Rebecca Zhu feels exceptionally nervous
Myolie Wu, who was one of the original cast from “Triumph In The Skies”, expressed that she has yet to receive the script for “Triumph In The Skies 2” hence she wasn’t sure whether it will be a sequel or based on a brand new storyline. During the filming of the trailer, it was observed that Myolie handled the wheelchair like a seasoned pro, looking very bit like the role of a handicapped airport ground crew. While waiting for her scenes, Myolie was in an explosively high mood and performed a wheelchair dance by swiveling around the airport in circles.
When asked about it, Myolie explained, “Actually this isn’t my first time sitting in a wheelchair as I had performed a wheelchair dance previously in the past hence I was able to control it well. However, acting as a handicapped person is a refreshing challenge to me as the mentality of my character would be somewhat different from the usual characters I have portrayed in the past.” Myolie also expressed that she hoped her “lover” from the first installment of “Triumph”, Francis Ng, would stage a comeback and act alongside her for this sequel as she looked forward to learning more things from him. Myolie, however, laughed and remarked that it was indeed a pity that she didn’t obtain Francis’ contact number from him back then. On the other hand, Myolie’s heavily rumored boyfriend, Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), did not appear on scene together with her and only arrived at the airport two hours later.
Ron Ng expressed that he certainly hoped that the original cast could film this sequel together with him, “It would also be just as good if there were only 70-80% of the original cast starring in this sequel. I especially hope that Francis (Ng) would return to film this as he has a strong commanding presence. As for Flora Chan and Sammul Chan (陳鍵鋒), there is a high chance that they won’t be acting in this again.” (Reporter: Do you feel that it is a great pity?) “Well, the combination of S4 (the big four Solar Airways pilots consisting of Ron Ng, Samuel Chan, Bosco Wong and Kenneth Ma (馬國明)) proved to be a huge hit with the audiences hence I firmly believe that the inclusion of new cast members this time ’round would also create the same kind of unexpected acting sparks.”
After the interview, Ron Ng then proceeded onto film a breakup scene with Rebecca Zhu. As this was Rebecca’s first time filming a trailer, she was only given one line of dialogue to perform. Rebecca, however, professed that it was such a nerve-wracking experience that she couldn’t even eat properly prior to that.
Chilam Cheung has not decided whether he would take on the filming offer for “Triumph In The Skies 2”
In other news, there have been rife speculations that Chilam Cheung has accepted the filming of “Triumph In The Skies 2” for a filming remuneration of 80,000 HKD per episode. Asked about this, Chilam laughed in response and said, “I am not worth that little a price! However, I would like to clarify that I have not decided whether I should accept the filming offer. I would have to look at the script first before deciding!” (Reporter: You guys are filming so late at night!) “I usually try my best to avoid such an unfortunate timing but I would not be that calculative if I were to actually take on the drama.” As for MC Jin, he was filming a pilot cap throwing scene with the rest of the co pilots, which included Daniel Chau and William Chak, to symbolize their excitement of flying an actual airplane for the very first time.
Source: Apple Daily, Oriental Daily, Sina
This article was translated by Ah K, a Contributing Writer at JayneStars.com.