“Learning Curve of a Warlord” Might be Dicky Cheung’s Last Hong Kong Drama
Celebrities Dicky Cheung (張衛健), Tony Hung (洪永城), Raymond Cho (曹永廉), Sisley Choi (蔡思貝), and Vivien Yeo (楊秀惠) gathered at TVB City to promote their upcoming drama The Learning Curve of a Warlord <大帥哥>. The promotional event was a grand affair as this is Dicky’s comeback series after a 20-year absence in the Hong Kong entertainment industry.
To celebrate his return, TVB hired a marching band and military vehicle to bring Dicky out onto the stage. Both of TVB’s top executives Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍) and Virginia Lok (樂易玲) also made an appearance to show their support. In addition, there was a lion dance performance to bring the show good luck.
When asked if he’s confident in the series’ ratings, Dicky said, “Let’s not talk about that. The purpose of filming the drama is not because of ratings.”
In fact, filming another Cantonese drama for the Hong Kong audience has been on his mind for a while now. Two decades ago, he left abruptly after filming Journey to the West <西游记>, which skyrocketed his popularity. At the time, a sequel to Journey to the West was in the plans, but Dicky decided not to renew his contract with TVB. After he left TVB, he also left Hong Kong to further his acting career in Taiwan.
Since he wasn’t able to give Hong Kong viewers the sequel, it’s been on his chest to make it up to them. “It’s been many years,” Dicky expressed, “I fought outside for a long time, and I came back this time for loyalty.”
During his emotional speech on stage, the actor shared it’s hard for him to let go now that production has wrapped and promotions have begun. “Actually, since the day the cameras started rolling, I was already unable to let go because I don’t know when will be the next time I will film a drama in Cantonese,” Dicky said. “It might be next year or it might be never again!”
It turns out The Learning Curve of a Warlord will be Dicky’s last acting project indefinitely. He shared there’s a lot of non-entertainment jobs waiting for him after he finishes the promotions for this series, which will be soon for him since he already participated in promotional events earlier on. He has plans to take on charity and church affairs during his acting hiatus.
“If I said I’d film one drama per year, no one will appreciate it,” the actor said. “The less food there is, the better it’ll taste – it’s the same with filming. If I shoot a lot, I won’t cherish my performance opportunities.”
This article is written by MelodyC for JayneStars.com.