Felix Wong and Eddie Cheung Comment on TVB’s Tardy Scripts
The Hong Kong Star Football Team will be recording a CD to help raise funds for SARs Charity. Being part of the team, Felix Wong (黃日華) and Eddie Cheung (張兆輝) participated in this good cause by lending their voices for the recording. Eddie claimed that he learned singing during his acting training days in TVB and he believes his singing should be passable.
Lately, there has been a spate of angry exchanges in Weibo between Sheren Tang (鄧萃雯) and Beauty at War <金枝慾孽(貳)> script editor Chow Yuk Ming (周旭明) on artists not receiving timely and completed scripts. On this, Felix said “I have seen the report, it seems very unpleasant. Actually, receiving piecemeal scripts happens often, nine out of ten artistes hate it. It’s very difficult and not enough time to prepare for the role.”
Eddie Cheung also added that though he has never worked with Chow before, he feels that it is devastating for the artists when they do not have a complete set of scripts and sufficient time where they can develop the character of the role well.
Since its debut, Beauty at War has been receiving mediocre ratings with some episodes falling below 20 points. Though Felix did not watch Beauty at War, he feels that ratings of the series is mostly unpredictable. Often, whether the show does well or not depends on the viewers. Usually audience finds it easier to accept if the theme of the drama is light hearted. If the dialogue is more classical, understanding it will be more difficult and not many viewers may not bother to consistently follow the daily broadcast.
Felix has worked with Chow in The Criminal Investigator <O記實錄>, Secret of the Heart <天地豪情> and other series. Chow has revealed in a mainland China media report that while filming with Felix, he made so many last-minute script changes that Felix hated him. Felix added “Twenty years ago, I already cannot accept receiving late and incomplete scripts, at that moment we have talked about this before. A professional actor needs time to digest the character. If script comes by bits and pieces, the actor has to rely a lot on the screen writer and producer.”
Asked if they will have a chance to work again since Jonathan Chik (戚其義) and Chow had left TVB, Felix replied that “the earth is round, today may not be together doesn’t mean the future will not be, as long as everyone is happy and we need to work hard.” As whether the late and incomplete scripts will affect the ratings of the show Beauty at War, Felix felt that the two may not be interrelated but stressed that actors should be given the finished scripts on time to be productive.
This article is written by Jennifer for JayneStars.com.