Kevin Cheng Takes No Precautions Despite H7N9 Risks
Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) is currently in Hengdian, China filming his latest fantasy drama Hua Xu Yin <华胥引>. The 43-year-old Hong Kong actor gained massive popularity in mainland China after appearing in 2011’s Scarlet Heart <步步惊心>. Since then, Kevin solidified his career in China by accepting roles in major productions such as Ip Man <叶问>, Hero <英雄>, and Red Dust <滚滚红尘>. His salary continues to rise due to market demand. The actor is now rumored to be making nearly $620,000 HKD per episode for his work in mainland.
Since Kevin is scheduled to begin filming for the Ip Man sequel in June, he has been working extra hard to complete his scenes, and even considered working 16-hour days. However, the grueling schedule may have finally taken its toll on his health. Last Thursday, reporters caught Kevin at the film studio sick with a bad cold. Despite the recent H7N9 flu outbreaks, Kevin seemed unconcerned and did not take any precautions when interacting with others.
During a lunch break, Kevin and his assistant were spotted sharing a meal at a restaurant off the studio lot. Kevin immediately asked for water to take his cold medicine. Although in close proximity to his assistant, Kevin did not wear a face mask and proceeded to blow his nose and wipe his watery eyes throughout the meal. Ignoring his illness, Kevin enjoyed a cigarette inside the restaurant before returning to work.
In between scenes, Kevin wandered the studio to visit other production teams. The actor still did not wear a face mask and conversed freely with the crew and his fans in close distances.
Kevin’s costar, fellow Hong Kong actor Benny Chan (陳浩民) was far more cautious. Benny put on his face mask immediately after every take. Even when Kevin stopped by to visit, Benny remained alert and gave little interaction, to avoid contracting any viruses.
Source: Face Magazine #308 via ihktv.com
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.