Mat Yeung Responds to Complaints That He’s Not Ready to Lead a Drama

By on June 8, 2019 in NEWS

Mat Yeung Responds to Complaints That He’s Not Ready to Lead a Drama

Although Mat Yeung (楊明)  had acted in a number of dramas, he finally had an opportunity to be the lead actor in My Commissioned Lover <婚姻合伙人>.  With almost 20 years of acting experience, Mat’s road to stardom was not easy and he had to learn from his personal mistakes after a few brushes with the law.

First Actor Ever to Repeat TVB Acting Course

In recent years, Mat has been getting more acting opportunities and gaining experience. However, he learned the most after landing in a series of criminal charges. In 2005, Mat was arrested for DIU. Mat was then criminally charged a few years later for damaging the Octopus Cash machine and a cigarette advertisement display when his payment failed. Due to his legal troubles, TVB made the arrangement to re-enroll Mat in the company’s artiste training course and rebuild his career step by step.

Reflecting on his past, Mat sees similarity between his old self and his character in My Commissioned Lover, “Once I like I girl, I will do anything for her. If she likes money, I will earn more and completely ignore the objections of those around me. In the past, I like to play without thinking of the consequences.”

Turning a New Leaf

Compared to other artistes who made mistakes, it is hard to imagine how Mat was able to salvage his career. Mat could only describe himself as lucky, “When I first entered the entertainment industry, I really like to play and have a great time with everyone in the company no matter their ranks. Maybe it’s because of this personality that the company wanted to give me so many opportunities. After the incidents, the company didn’t give up on me. Maybe it’s because I’m lucky; they saw the incidents as momentary mistakes and wanted to nurture me. I don’t really know the real reason; it’s not like I have a background or know any high executives.”

Not Qualified to Be a Leading Actor?

Nowadays, Mat treasures all his opportunities as he doesn’t know when luck will be on his side again. Although Mat received generally received good reviews for his performance in My Commissioned Lover, some viewers also feel that he is not qualified to lead the drama and he is more suitable to play a supportive role.

In truth, Mat also questioned if he was qualified, “The responsibility of being a lead, I don’t think I can. I have never done that before, even though I have taken an increased number of roles. To carry a complete drama takes a lot of knowledge and strong acting. I don’t think I am qualified. However, I also feel that every actor feels this kind of pressure when it’s their first time leading. Actors should also challenge new experiences. So even if someone criticizes me that I am not ready, I will be ready one day.”

Mat feels he stills has room for improvement. For example, he wants to be more expressive with his emotions and improve his delivery of the feelings of love, “My weakness is my lack of imagination, so I need to quickly get acquainted with my co-star to help me get into the role. This time when I worked with Samantha Ko (高海寧), I wasn’t too acquainted with her. So in the first few days, we quickly compared the script. I learned how she acts and made some small talk to improve our communication.”

Source: HK01

This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.

4 comments to Mat Yeung Responds to Complaints That He’s Not Ready to Lead a Drama

  1. kolo says:

    its not easy for audience to change their mind and accept him as leading when he already acting supportive roles for 20 years already. you need to act extraordinary good to change audience mind, such like wayne lai as chai gou or gallen lo in old time buddy. but i doubt if he can do this, because he also lacks some natural charisma in real.

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    • diana80 replied:

      @kolo

      Basically agreed with you. But Mat actually played the comedic role (Gus) in the series quite well (although of course the ending of the series is bad…but that’s not his problem). Never thought that he can play a different role other than acting cool as police officer.

      I don’t mind to watch him as a lead in smaller productions because if Benjamin Yuen can lead…why can’t Mat leads a light-hearted series? I personally think both their acting are at the same level, but Benjamin Yuen is highly promoted by TVB…thus ahead of Mat.

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      • megamiaow replied:

        @diana80 Yeah he is probably on same acting level as Ben Yuen. I think once audiences get used to it will be fine.
        I remember when Gordon Lam first got promoted to lead, I was like, what’s going on. The transition to me was a shock after seeing him as kelefe for years and years.

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  2. tatsumakijim says:

    He should take it as a compliment cause most of the lead actors at TVB are worse than the supporting actors nowadays.

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