Dicky Cheung (張衛健) is well known for his talent in comedies. While many viewers witnessed his comedic timing in The Learning Curve of a Warlord <大帥>, few know about his struggles in life. In a motivational speech before a large crowd of students yesterday, Dicky spoke about how growing up with an abusive father, suffering financial difficulties and relationship troubles have shaped him as a person.
Almost Suffocated From Abuse
Dicky’s father was a sailor and only lived in Hong Kong three months in a year. Whenever his father returned home, he would beat his family. One time, Dicky whistled at a nice car while taking a stroll with his father. When he returned home, his father mercilessly punished Dicky, “Without saying anything, he lifted me out of bed and pummeled me. He pummeled me until I couldn’t breathe and almost suffocated. He also hit my younger brother very badly. I remembered at the age of 7 or 8, I was thinking when I would be killed.”
To cope with his father’s abusive habits, Dicky counted down how long his father would stay in Hong Kong. “Every year, he was only here for three months. Soon it was two months left, and later there was only one month left. His abuse doesn’t happen every day and I wasn’t always the target. When my parents divorced, I was more happy than sad.”
Too Poor to Buy Lunch
During his early days at TVB, Dicky’s salary was low and he didn’t have money for his meals. When he ate at TVB’s cafeteria, he would lie that he forgot his wallet. Although the cafeteria owner was very nice and let him off every time, the owner eventually told him to stop lying. Although the owner knew that Dicky didn’t have any money, he saw potential in Dicky as an actor, and knew that Dicky would repay him one day.
With eight years of hard work, Dicky eventually was able to star in main roles and earned enough money to repay the cafeteria owner’s kindness. However upon his return to the cafeteria, he found out the owner had already passed away. Using this lesson to teach others, Dicky said that it is important to cherish the people around you before it’s too late.
Dumped by Ex-Girlfriends for Being Poor
Dicky admitted that his ex-girlfriends broke up with him because they didn’t think that he would be able to support them. One time, Dicky broke his arm while filming and had to be admitted to the hospital for surgery. Upon waking up from anesthesia, his ex-girlfriend from outside the entertainment circle told him she wanted to break up because she didn’t want to wait half a year to be able to buy designer purses.
While DIcky was in pain from the surgery, Dicky admitted that the physical pain was not as bad as his emotional pain from the heartbreak. This was why Dicky was determined to find a girlfriend who is not materialistic and his wife, Jess Zhang (張茜平), fits the criteria perfectly. He also mentioned that his ex-girlfriends Elvina Kong (江欣燕) and Jessica Hsuan (宣萱) were supportive of his struggles and often encouraged him.
Being frank in his interview, Dicky hoped that he can use his personal experiences to motivate others. “I wanted to share positive energy with the youths, especially since two students committed suicide recently. Using my past experience, I wanted to tell them to not give up even when there are setbacks. It’s important to slow down the feeling of frustration and sadness, so that you can get over the setbacks.”
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.