Many successful film actors in the Hong Kong film industry are known for their hard work ethics, often going to extremes to perform their roles well. Actors such as Jackie Chan (成龍) and Andy Lau (劉德華) have sustained countless injuries, while Nick Cheung (張家輝) constantly makes drastic lifestyle changes for his film projects. Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒) is also known to refuse using body doubles and performs his own stunts, often sustaining many injuries on set.
Re-watching one of his older action films, Nicholas shared, “When I was filming for The Viral Factor <逆戰>, I had to jump from the sixth floor [of a building] into a truck bed. I had practiced it many times beforehand. When I jumped for the actual scene, it was still a terrifying moment because if I had jumped a few inches short, I would have broken my arms and legs. I am thankful I am still here and healthy!”
Another risky action scene with an interesting behind-the-scene story was in The Bullet Vanishes <消失的子彈>. “When I saw that there was a pile of explosives on set, I was a little frightened but I wanted to persist, so I grabbed one of the metal weapons. I didn’t think [the metal weapon] was going to get so hot though! After the third explosive went off, my hands were already burning and about to become a teppanyaki! When I watched the scene during the film’s premiere, I felt a great sense of satisfaction. However, the next thing I heard from the audience was ‘The CGI effects are so real these days!’ I wanted to turn around to say: ‘Hey man, that really was me filming the scene!’”
After sharing his harrowing experiences, Nicholas expressed his genuine gratitude towards many film crews members and stuntmen who constantly put their lives in danger. Nicholas said, “I salute each and every one crew member who put themselves out there for the sake of films.”
Source: Sky Post
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.