Starring Dickson Yu (余德丞), Karl Ting (丁子朗), Joey Thye (戴祖儀) and Tiffany Lau (劉穎鏇), youth drama Freedom Memories (previously named “Shameless Youth”) <青春不要臉> is one of TVB’s sincerest productions in recent years. Directed by Poon Ka Tak (潘嘉德), the drama is based on Hong Kong’s television industry in the 1980s, with its main characters based on real-life stories of several 80s and 90s- era artistes such as Andy Lau (劉德華) and even Stephen Chow (周星馳)!
Sharing Snippets from Stars’ Years at TVB
Producer Lincoln Lam (林肯) and scriptwriter/copyeditor Steffie Lai (黎倩儀) shared that up till today, many star-chasing fans were motivated to sign up for TVB artiste training classes after catching their idols on TV. The two named Carina Lam (劉嘉玲) and Maggie Cheung (張曼玉), who took part in beauty pageant and training classes after watching The Lonely Hunter <過客> which starred Felix Wong (黃日華).
In the drama, Karl’s character Chai Hing Jau took the artiste training interview thrice, failing on the first two times and getting chosen only on his third attempt. However, he missed his chance to sign on, only managing to ink the contract after receiving help from Cho Yu (Joey Thye). Steffie revealed that this was been directly inspired by actors Sean Lau Ching-Wan (劉青雲) and Francis Ng’s (吳鎮宇) real-life experiences. “Sean appeared very confident during the interview and thought he did really well, he knew the letters were being sent out to shortlisted candidates but as he did not receive it for some time, he finally called to ask at the eleventh hour, turns out [his] was lost in the mail, and his family had to rush down to sign the contract…whereas Francis had taken the interview thrice,”
Kneeling for On-set Blunders?
Starring as second generation starlet Wan Cho Yu (溫楚瑜), Joey’s character was based on comedian and director Sandra Ng (吳君如). Steffie revealed that training classes back then placed a lot of emphasis on appearances.
“Most of the training classes shortlisted candidates only after three rounds of interviews, but Felix and I think actress Kiki Sheung (商天娥) had passed on the very first round,” As for Karl having kneeled to the director after screwing up a line from the script, she shared that it had been Stephen Chow’s (周星馳) experience.
“During an interview, Stephen revealed that he had kneeled to the director due to…a line of script, at that time there had been a newbie actress who played the female lead, he recalled the matter, the lead actress could not help screaming too, because everyone really felt the same, that you have to give [things] your best shot to live without regrets.”