Since Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) left TVB, Myolie Wu (胡杏兒) has been considered one of the contenders to become the top fadan. Under TVB’s arrangement, Myolie secured a cameo role in film, Beginning of the Great Revival <建黨偉業>, appearing as Chow Yun Fat’s (周潤發) seventh wife. Recently, Myolie filmed Director Johnnie To’s (杜琪峯) Death of a Hostage <奪命金>.With a golden opportunity before her, Myolie did not wish to leave To Sir’s side. When it was not her turn to film yet, Myolie preferred to stay by his side and eat instant noodles instead, willing to put in all her efforts!
Death of a Hostage features Sean Lau (劉青雲), Anthony Wong (黃秋生), and Richie Ren (任賢齊). Myolie will portray Richie’s wife in the film. From the preparation to the actual filming progress, the project took over two years.
Since her debut, Myolie’s acting faced frequent criticism. Due to Myolie’s explosive character in Ghetto Justice <怒火街頭> earlier, the audience’s opinion changed. It is understood that Myolie attached great importance to this cooperation with To Sir. Each time, she arrived to the filming set early and not late, memorizing her lines thoroughly. Yesterday, the crew filmed at a real estate shop in Happy Valley district. When Myolie arrived early, the crew informed her that To Sir was still assessing the filming angles and that filming will not start until one hour later. Since Myolie did not eat lunch yet, the crew member advised her to go out and eat first. Myolie shook her head and bought a bun to eat at the bakery across the street.
Within five minutes, Myolie returned to the real estate shop and sat within sight of Director To’s numerous camera equipment. She carefully studied the script. When the actual filming started, Myolie held onto the hand of a young child actor. To Sir frequently came forward to teach Myolie where to stand before the camera. Myolie’s performance did not disappoint To Sir and the scene was completed in three takes. In contrast, Richie Ren, who has collaborated with To Sir numerous times, appeared much more relaxed. When it was not his turn to film, Richie joked with the crew members.
On her blog, Myolie posted a photo of Johnnie To and herself. Myolie wrote, “Death of a Hostage finally completed its filming! Many thanks to To Sir for giving me this opportunity to portray a ‘little’ woman. I gained a lot of valuable experience this time. I’m very happy! ”
Myolie revealed that she benefited from her collaboration with To Sir. Witnessing To Sir yelling at other people, Myolie felt fortunate that she was not scolded. Prior to filming Death of a Hostage, To Sir requested that she erase her previous acting experience and used a new way to interpret her role. Myolie also praised To Sir as a director willing to teach actors. To Sir pointed out Myolie’s small gestures onscreen, such as blinking and smiling while reciting her lines, gestures which she was unaware of herself. In the future, Myolie hoped to be able to collaborate with To Sir again.
Source: Sing Tao
Jayne: Johnnie To is a very passionate director and good to learn from. Securing cameo roles for TVB artists with directors such as Johnnie To is a good way to increase their learning opportunities from other veteran actors as well.