Finding himself thinking about his co-star, exercise helped the then 22-year-old actor snap out of his persona.
Playing the role of “Man Sir” in the just concluded drama Airport Strikers <機場特警>, veteran actor Eddie Kwan (關禮傑) shared his memorable acting experiences on a radio program recently.
He spoke about acting as Liza Wang (汪明荃) and Patrick Tse’s (謝賢) son in his first drama, 1982’s Love and Passion <萬水千山總是情>. “The director wanted me to drink a cup of milk tea while doing a facial expression of looking forward to the future, but I couldn’t do it even after 10 takes. I only knew how to memorize the script, though both seniors kept quiet, I was so nervous about stopping everyone from getting off, and only blamed myself for not being good enough,” shared the 58-year-old actor.
Fell in Love with Co-star Maggie Cheung
Recalling his days in the artiste training class, Eddie shared how his portrayal of onscreen characters was nowhere near the gentlemanly Tony Leung (梁朝偉) or the expressive Stephen Chow (周星馳). As his classmates gained popularity one by one, Eddie felt jealous and inferior about himself.
His turning point was Police Cadet ‘84 <新紮師兄>, where he played Kiu Chi Ho aka “Good Sis”, and gratefully said he had co-star Tony to thank for nudging his progress. “He never said any encouraging words, but used his body language and actions to help me complete a shouting scene. This helped me level up in acting.”
Despite already dating his current wife, Eddie realized that he had developed feelings for and would think about co-star Maggie Cheung (張曼玉), his romantic interest in the drama. After filming ended, he found that exercise helped him disconnect from his onscreen persona, and eventually his feelings subsided.
How He Kept a “Clean” Track Record Over 38 Years of Acting
In 1995, Eddie’s eldest daughter was born, while he angered television station management when he went to Singapore to film a local drama. At that time, fellow actor Bobby Au Yeung (歐陽震華) jokingly said to him, “Luckily I left, so he has a chance.”
With a 38-year track record in the industry, Eddie’s entertainment career has been devoid of scandals with female co-stars. He explained, “I want to give my wife a sense of security and trust. Filming in China brings with it many temptations, but I don’t want to give myself any chance, nor would I give the other party a chance. I would actively reject (her), and at the same time ask my wife to turn up. Women are very sensitive, and would know if there’s anything amiss. These situations definitely cropped up over the years, but the other party would slowly leave upon seeing my wife.”
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.