Lau Kong’s Last Day at TVB
After working at TVB for 38 years and starring in over 300 dramas, veteran actor Lau Kong (劉江) has decided to leave the station. Today was his last day at the station; the 73-year-old actor especially went into the studio to say goodbye to all of his colleagues.
Lau Kong’s resume is diverse and despite the sometimes limited screen time his roles have, the veteran actor’s acting skills are undisputed. Lau Kong said his character “Teacher Lau” in recent hit drama Barrack O’Karma <金宵大廈> was one of his most memorable roles in recent years. As to whether or not he will take part in the sequel, Lau Kong said he will have to see if the production team will include his character since he is no longer with the station.
Although an audience favorite to win TVB Best Supporting Actor, Lau Kong lost to newcomer Kalok Chow (周嘉洛) who won for his performance in Come Home Love: Lo and Behold <愛．回家之開心速遞>. Lau Kong knew he wasn’t going to win the award because Barrack O’Karma already won in two other categories. Not disappointed about the loss, Lau Kong said that he was already happy with the success of the drama and its upcoming sequel.
Still Wants to Act
Attending the TVB Anniversary Awards on January 12, Lau Kong publicly revealed his intention to leave the station since his contract is over. He was only at the awards ceremony to take some pictures with colleagues for memories.
Despite his sudden departure, Lau Kong said he still wants to act in the future. Although Lau Kong suffered vascular calcification and underwent angioplasty in 2015, he wants to continue working. He expressed, “There is still fire in my heart! I didn’t publicly announce it, so that’s why others thought I am still with TVB. If people know of suitable roles for me to play, feel free to contact me. I still want to act!”
It’s a shame to see Lau Kong leave TVB, and he admitted to losing sleep for two nights over the decision. “I’m getting old and feel that a lot of things are ’empty’ and just a dream. This day will eventually come, since I have to leave due to aging.” Asked if TVB management had asked him to leave, he said, “Our generation of actors have worked very hard at the company for many years. I won’t talk about this…I feel that TVB treated me well. It’s already okay…everyone knows what happened.”
Respected by His Students
Known for his passion for acting, Lau Kong had taught acting classes at TVB previously and provided mentorship to countless younger artistes. One of his students, Amisha Ng (吳嘉儀) said Lau Kong was always prepared on set and he was “professional, respectful towards his profession, and a great role model.” She is grateful for all his guidance, “Teacher, thank you for generously sharing your knowledge!”
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.