Taiwanese actor Eddie Peng (彭于晏) is always looking for new breakthroughs in film, and in his upcoming movie, that breakthrough will be a nude scene.
Hidden Man <邪不壓正>, directed by Jiang Wen (姜文), is set in 1937 China and stars Eddie Peng as a special agent who returns to his home country to avenge his family. Trained in the US, Eddie is skilled in combat and a trained medic.
Promoting the film in Hong Kong, Eddie shared, “The director wanted me to have a body like Bruce Lee (李小龍). The hardest thing was to maintain that figure for six months. I had to do a lot of aerobic exercises. My character flies over roofs, jumps on walls, and skilled in using a variety of different weapons. There are a lot of scenes where I had jump on top of rooftops, and I couldn’t use wires. I underwent a lot of training for that.”
Asking if Eddie is satisfied with his body, he laughed and said, “I honestly feel kind of disgusted.”
What about the widely-talked nude scenes in the film? Eddie said, “Go watch it to find out! I feel a bit shy to talk about it. I wore some protective gear initially, but the director didn’t like it. Just like the bed scene. Originally I had pants on, but the director said, ‘What is this? Doesn’t look good! Take it off!’ We got a blanket for coverage, but I got very into what I was doing, so I even forgot about it in the end!”
Joking if Eddie likes to do scenes in the nude, he said, “No! It’s just that I felt more freeing. It felt more realistic. The director was kind enough to empty the studio when we did [the bed scene]. (Did your costar accidentally touch it?) Of course not! (Will you strip again for a scene?) Not personally, but if the role requires it, I’ll consider again.”
The hardest challenge for Eddie, however, was not the action scenes or the nude scenes, but the language. “I had to learn how to speak in a Beijing dialect. The Mandarin we speak today is not the same as it was back then. I trained with a dialect coach everyday, but because the director had no script, I had to learn it on the same day of filming. There was a good hour to two hours preparation before the camera rolled. [The director] didn’t want us to be too prepared, as he wanted things to be more natural. (A lot of NGs?) It was okay, but filming dialogue scenes did have to take a good two to three days.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.