Louis Koo (古天樂) and Jessica Hsuan (宣萱) were the golden onscreen couple in the late 1990s, early 2000s. Their undeniable onscreen chemistry was fed by their real-life friendship, which began in 1994 when they collaborated in the TVB family comedy, Happy Harmony <餐餐有宋家>. The duo went on to collaborate in many classic dramas together and star in memorable roles. Their “golden couple” title was further solidified through their collaboration in Man’s Best Friend <宠物情缘>, Detective Investigation Files IV <刑事偵緝檔案IV>, and A Step into the Past <尋秦記>.
Fans had hoped for years for the couple to reunite onscreen. This desire had seemed far-fetched, as the two artistes had taken their careers in drastically different directions. However, fans’ were delighted when Jessica announced that she would be joining and signing under Louis’ production company, One Cool Film Production Limited.
The couple’s first onscreen collaboration in 18 years is the crime thriller, A Witness Out of the Blue <犯罪現場>, which recently premiered. Despite not working together for many years, Jessica expressed that their chemistry has not faltered. This statement proved true, as their friendship and chemistry shone through the camera during a recent interview. Louis’ serious and cool demeanor is offset by Jessica’s bubbly and outgoing personality. In spite of himself, Louis could not contain his smile when immersed in verbal jabs with Jessica during the interview.
Louis stars as a career criminal in the movie, who meets Jessica when he rents a room from her. Reflecting on his character, Louis shared, “My character feels that helping his friends is more important than his own life.” When asked whether he shares the same sentiment as his character, Louis thoughtfully said, “It’s more like considering the importance of things. Whatever is more crucial needs to be done first.” What was the most memorable part of filming? “It rained a few days before filming commenced, so there were a lot of fire ants. I had to roll around on the ground for a few of the scenes. So not only was I worried about myself, but I was also worried that the crew might get bit. Before we started filming each scene, we would use fire to clear the area for a bit first.”
In the movie, Jessica stars as a blind landlord. Louis ends up donating his corneas to her at the end. On the subject of organ donation, Jessica unabashedly shared, “When I took my driver’s license at 18 years old, they had a question about whether I would like to be an organ donor. I quickly signed the line. I am willing to donate and give away any part of my body if it can help someone. Perhaps this is one of the biggest taboos for Chinese people, as they feel a deceased person should retain their entire body for the afterlife. However, it’s not like they will just cut me up and then leave my like that. They’ll still stitch me back together!”
On what types of new roles and challenges she would like now that she has joined Louis’ production company, Louis interrupted and answered for her, “She rarely ever portrays villainous roles. Let’s give her a ‘bad guy’ role.” Jessica laughingly added, “That’s very true. The most I’ve done is portray [an empress] and be mean to the other concubines.”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.