Michael Tse Eyes Signing With Johnnie To?
After a whirlwind career as Laughing Gor in the last four years, Michael Tse (謝天華) is more than ready to tackle new challenges in his acting career. According to several sources, Michael, who has been managed by TVB in the last decade, will not be renewing his management contract this year when it expires in July.
As reported by Apple Daily, Michael is eager to launch a more financially rewarding career in mainland China and believes that renewing his contract with TVB will hinder the expansion. The source also stated that Michael is willing to work with TVB again if the station agrees to sign him under a per-series contract for at least $50,000 HKD per episode. According to the report, Michael is doubtful that TVB will fulfill this promise.
It has also been rumored that Michael, whose stardom grew after his award-winning portrayal of Laughing Gor in 2009’s E.U. <學警狙擊>, has been bitter with TVB after he lost out the TV King throne to Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) in 2011. Michael also failed to win a Best Actor nomination last year despite earning favorable reviews for his performance in the popular TVB drama L’Escargot <缺宅男女> which, according to the rumors, further cemented his decision to leave the station.
Indeed, Michael acknowledged his intentions on leaving TVB after his contract expires in July. He also expressed his hopes to work with director Johnnie To (杜琪峯). As for rumors indicating that he has already completed preliminary negotiations to sign with the Beijing-based Hairun Pictures, a production company that Johnnie To is also part of, Michael briefly said, “All rumors. They’re not true, but if To Sir wants me to do a movie, that will be the best!”
Source: Apple Daily
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.