Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings earned over US$432 million globally, becoming the eighth highest grossing film in worldwide box offices this year. With an all-Asian cast, many Asian actors had auditioned for the movie, including TVB’s Karl Ting (丁子朗).
Realizes Acting Needs Improvement
Lead actor Simu Liu’s (劉思慕) plain looks were hotly contested when the cast was initially revealed, and it was rumored that Ludi Lin (林路迪) lost out on the role because he was considered too good looking. It turns out that two years ago, Karl Ting received a mysterious audition request. He later learned that it was for Shang-Chi.
Starring in the movie would have been a chance of a lifetime. Karl has been practicing Choy Li Fut and Shaolin kung fu since a young age, and can definitely handle action scenes. However, he was still relatively inexperienced at the time. Sharing his audition clip on Instagram, Karl self-deprecatingly remarked that his acting back then was nothing special.
Hoping to improve his skills, Karl enrolled in Chung King Fai (鍾景輝), Kearen Pang (彭秀慧), and Rosa Maria Velasco’s (韋羅莎) acting classes. “I remember when I was filming The Offliners <堅離地愛堅離地>, it was already 5 a.m. and there was a scene where I had to give a laughing reaction. I thought I had already done it, but the director was not happy with my performance. Afterwards, someone yelled out, ‘Just open your mouth!’ At that moment I realized that I needed to take classes.”
Enjoys Working Out
Karl’s physique caught public attention after appearing shirtless on travelogue, Sammy on the Go <森美旅行團> and being nicknamed the “Hidden Muscle Boy”. Karl excitedly stated, “Filming travel shows is like going on a company paid vacation!”
Due to the pandemic, Karl could only spend time outdoors to curb his cravings. Growing up in Canada, he was very anti-social, “After entering the industry, I realized how fun working out was. Hong Kong’s winter weather is also very comfortable, so you can continue outdoor activities all year round.”
With his toned physique and bronzed skin, Karl is viewed by many as a male god. In his eyes, he considers Roxanne Tong (湯洛雯) and Louisa Mak (麥明詩) as female goddesses, but he joked that he can admire them only from afar. He is looking for someone who is presentable, nice, and filial. It does not matter to him if she is sporty or not.
Sees Tony Leung as His Role Model
Landing more roles in dramas including: The Battle of the Seven Sisters <七公主>, The Line Watchers <把關者們>, and youth drama Freedom Memories <青春不要臉>, Karl said, “I really like acting, because interchanging emotions is very natural and calming for me. I hope that I can continue to grow my career in this realm.”
In The Battle of the Seven Sisters, he plays a Chinese-Korean character and in real life, Karl is a big K-pop and K-drama fan. He had even learned Korean in university. Karl disclosed that he had previously thought of joining the Korean entertainment industry. “In 2014, I had auditioned for SM Entertainment but I was not successful. Red Velvet’s Wendy was from my year! I am envious, having a bigger platform and audience is every artiste’s dream.”
Promoted as the Millennial Five Tigers, Karl has been receiving many opportunities from TVB and has successfully transitioned from a host to an actor. With his interest in acting only growing every day, Karl views Tony Leung (梁朝偉) and Park Seo Joon as his role models. “I saw that Tony started his career in TVB, and slowly grew his career in China, Asia, and now Hollywood. As an actor, I really hope that I can follow in his steps. As well, I want to marry a very smart [woman like] Carina Lau (劉嘉玲) haha!”
Source: Sing Tao
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.