Chilam Cheung’s Playboy Pilot Role is Wildly Popular

By on July 23, 2013 in NEWS, Star Interviews

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Since Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II> premiered last week, Chilam Cheung (張智霖) has delighted viewers with his role as Captain Cool. While Chilam is well loved for his handsomeness, his popularity took an even bigger step with his portrayal of the playboy pilot. Women fawned over him, while men fantasized being him.

Online discussion forums collected Jayden’s golden lines from the series. They include the popular quotes: “I like showing up exactly on time because I can’t stand being around you losers for more than a second,” and “Women are God’s wonderful creations. They are irreplaceable and nothing on this planet can ever measure up. They are magnificent artworks that deserve appreciation.” Jayden’s catchy phrases caught viewers’ attention.

Lady Killer From the Start

Chilam managed to steal the hearts of audience members with his role in Return of the Cuckoo <十月初五的月光>, and Point of No Return <西關大少>. Even ten years later, his popularity has not died down. Chilam was also offered a role in the original Triumph in the Skies, but decided to film Point of No Return instead. Chilam said he was confident in his all of his decisions and people should not be too caught up in what-if scenarios. It may be fate that he would actually star in the sequel a decade later.

Despite his onscreen playboy image, Chilam is actually a loving husband to wife Anita Yuen (袁詠儀), and a devoted father to their son, Morton Cheung (張慕童). Although he and Anita are both actors, they rarely receive negative publicity because they keep their relationship away from the public. Chilam, does however, bring Morton to the studios and often watches his own series with his son – demonstrating that he could be cool on screen, and off.

Challenges of “Captain Cool”

Despite his handsome looks, it is the first time Chilam has to take on this type of playboy role. “It’s a big challenge since I haven’t taken on this type of role before. It definitely gives the audience members a different side of me; I’m trying to see how much they’re still willing to accept me after this!” Challenges aside, he jokingly admitted that many male viewers would love to be Jayden, or superheroes like Iron Man who has the money and the girls.

When asked if his womanizer role was based on what he unconsciously wanted, Chilam laughed, “Who doesn’t? I’ll like to be him too! He starts off as the ultra cool pilot with girls flocking to him but in reality, he is just vulnerable and empty. In the end, he finds true love. It’s truly envious.” Since his portrayal as a playboy is in direct contrast of Francis Ng’s (吳鎮宇) role as pilot Sam Tong, Chilam believes that the drama will be that much more exciting to follow.

Chilam was a bit embarrassed when asked about the storyline in Triumph in the Skies 2. With many romantic scenes with Fala Chen (陳法拉), Chilam leaked that there will be a romantic but mysterious upcoming scene that will heighten the intensity of the plot.

Source: Apple Daily via ihktv.com

This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.

11 comments to Chilam Cheung’s Playboy Pilot Role is Wildly Popular

  1. Funn Lim says:

    Somehow I have this feeling we are seeing the real Chilam in Jayden. Not the playboy but the smug guy? Chilam doesn’t give me the impression he is super friendly. Anyway the way he talks like Di-cky Cheung. Cousins right?

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    • advo replied:

      He gives you the impression that he wants you to think he’s super friendly.

      I think all actors leave a trace of themselves in their characters. That’s not an issue for me, it’s when they have the same mannerisms as themselves that bothers me. E.g. Kristen Stewart.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        “He gives you the impression that he wants you to think he’s super friendly.”

        Good point.

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    • jayne replied:

      Funn,
      Chilam displayed his temper while filming “Triumph in the Skies 2” and a production assistant had made mistakes with his notice, making him wait for hours. He blasted the assistant on Weibo.

      He always came off as an easygoing guy. Maybe there are traces of smugness or he just wished to play a completely different character from past roles.

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    • Nigel replied:

      Eventhough I like Chi Lam lot, I must admit Hongkies are not known for their friendliness so you could be right as well. But then I believe what I dunno wont hurt so as long as he can successfully project this friendly image will just keep it that way. Actually in certain angles he reminds me of Leslie in his youth. Well that was just me

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  2. TN1 says:

    Well he has d best juicy role arrogant n playful as well, possibly every women’s dream mate I suppose!

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  3. Meini says:

    “while men fantasized being in him”

    HAHA i’m sure

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    • Shrimpboat replied:

      I saw this too. That’s just awkward.

      Jayne, please fix this! Either “being him” or “being in his shoes.”

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  4. Ric says:

    I quite dislike his character. Too cocky and malicious to his fellow pilots. Like I’ve said before, I think his character has an inferiority complex. Jayden is jealous of Sam and purposely tries to demean him whenever he gets a chance even though Sam never did anything to him. He even outright said he would have chosen Isaac over Roy as his copilot because he thinks Roy is better than Isaac and he doesn’t want his copilot to overshadow him.

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  5. milktea says:

    Like chilam. Love him

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  6. screwdriver says:

    http://hkm.appledaily.com/detail.php?guid=18347195&category_guid=462&category=daily&issue=20130724

    Yep, tvb has given me good reason to be a drama junkie

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