TVB has been rebroadcasting many of its classic dramas. The most recent one aired is 1986’s The Feud of Two Brothers <流氓大亨>, which stars Alex Man (萬梓良), Carol Cheng (鄭裕玲), Carina Lau (劉嘉玲), Kathy Chow (周海媚), and Lawrence Ng (吳啟華). Alex and Lawrence portray two brothers who eventually have a falling out.
In a recent episode, Lawrence was tried for the murder of his father. In the end, he was found not guilty. Walking smugly out of the courthouse, Alex could not hold in his anger and physically confronted Lawrence, tossing a trash can at him and hitting him in the head. The scene was extremely realistic and intense, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats.
Known as a method actor, Alex really did throw the trash can at Lawrence, causing his head to swell up immediately. Frightened and angry, Lawrence wanted to quit filming the drama. Alex later gifted Lawrence with an antique watch as an act of apology.
In an interview two years ago, Lawrence recalled filming the classic scene, “An action choreographer was present. [Alex] said there was no need for choreography. Instead, he will just hit me naturally and do whatever comes to mind, so that it’ll be more realistic. Who knew that he would actually throw a trash can at me! He also choked me, and I could barely breathe. At the time, I was very unhappy.”
The rebroadcast revived the drama’s popularity. Lawrence was contacted and asked to comment about the incident again. In hindsight, Lawrence recognizes Alex’s acting approach. “At this point in my life, if we were to re-film the scene, I would agree with Alex’s aggressive method. You can’t die from it! The results are worth it!”
However, Lawrence did suffer an injury as a result of it. Lawrence responded, “Filming is like that. Actors always hurt themselves. I agree that in this way, the scene is more entertaining. I quite admire Alex’s serious attitude when it comes to work. I should learn from it. It’s really good! At the time, I was still young and had a bad temper. I definitely would not act like that now. I would only do my best to coordinate with Alex.”
Carol Cheng Recalls Fight Scene
Since Carol Cheng (鄭裕玲) was also present during the infamous fight scene, she recalled that everyone on set was astounded by the intensity of Alex’s blows. “Carina Lau (劉嘉玲), Kathy Chow (周海媚), Nam Hung (南紅), and I were in the scene. Lawrence Ng portrayed a villain in the drama. Alex picked up the trash can and threw it at Lawrence. If you saw the scene, congratulations. We all gave our [unrehearsed] reactions. We were all frightened, especially Nam Hung. We tried to hold back Alex, but we couldn’t. Lawrence ended up with a bump on his head.”
After that scene, everyone was frightened if they would be the next person to be caught unaware by Alex’s intense acting. Carol and the cast teased Kathy Chow, as she would be slapped by Alex in a scene.
As Alex’s frequent co-star, Carol also suffered under Alex’s hand. “I was shaking when I saw [the slapping scene] in the script. The director told me not to be scared, as he will use [camera angles] to film it. I told this to Alex, but he said that it’s not possible. He insisted that his hand had to slap my face or I wouldn’t have a realistic reaction. I had nothing to say. So for the sake of the drama, I couldn’t retort back. In the end, it felt like my gums fell out. My face was all red after the slap.”
Watch Alex Man and Lawrence Ng’s Improvised Fight Scene
This article is written by Huynh and Jayne for JayneStars.com.