Owen Cheung Hopes “The Ringmaster” Will Bring Awards

For his role as a professional boxer in The Ringmaster <拳王>, Owen Cheung (張振朗) trained vigorously and dieted for nearly a year. After 10 years in the industry and participating in over 50 dramas, Owen admits that this has been his toughest role to-date.

“Whether it be the physical requirement or the character, it is all new territory for me. The audience always see me portray comedic roles. My character in The Ringmaster is somber, steady, and strong. Hopefully, viewers will see how I am capable of being a diverse actor!”

Since he has many shirtless scenes, the 34-year-old was on a strict workout and dieting regime in hopes of achieving his best physical shape for the drama. In addition to going to the gym six days a week, Owen also strictly ate four to five high protein meals in a day.

Drawing inspiration from actors such as Nick Cheung (張家輝), Eddie Peng (彭于晏), and Louis Cheung (張繼聰) who bulked up for their roles, Owen’s efforts did not go to waste, as he achieved six-pack abs and defined muscles.

Seven days before filming his shirtless scene, Owen started his most demanding prep work. To achieve a state of maximum muscular definition, he drank nine liters of water on the first day, causing him to have to use the bathroom more than 50 times. For the next six days, he consumed less and less water. Recalling the experience, Owen shared, “On the day I had to film a shirtless scene, I could only wet my lips.”

With so much effort placed into the role and the media’s attention, Owen was asked whether he had hopes to win TV King. Although Owen still humbly expressed that he does not have the experience or tenure to receive the award, he also possesses an ambitious side and will nonetheless welcome the opportunity to receive an award and be recognized for his hard work.

“If there really were a chance for me to get the award, then I will definitely remember this important period of my life. I don’t think it is easy to be able to film a boxing drama with TVB and to have achieved such a physical stature. It was a lot of hard work, but I have enjoyed the journey. It is worth it! I will remember this breakthrough for years to come,” Owen said.

Owen on His Character in “The Ringmaster”

Source: Oriental Daily

This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.  

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  1. 2nd week into this series and I find it absolutely boring. The fights look like boxing than Muay Thai. Where are all the low kicks? Knees? Only brief knees to torso when they are grabbing one another but beyond that they are all punches. So far only Wayne and Huge’s characters are interesting, the rest are so one dimensional. One of the most annoying ever written? Elaine’s sister in law. Holy crap I can’t stand seeing her character on screen.

    1. very true re no Muay Thai!

      Re the SIL, seems like TVB is promoting to be the next Ali Lee (claiming they look alike) but yea, pretty annoying character

  2. The extreme muscle bodybuilding just made Owen look like a freak that was weak and weight drained. All the others who acted as fighters in the series looked looked normal in contrast. Just ridiculous why they go so overboard in preparing an actor’s appearance for a role. Just like the Myolie flop..

  3. Just started watching. I like Wayne and Hugo’s character here. Elaine’s not bad though. If they want to promote Owen as the BA for this role, I think both Wayne and Hugo outshine him. I don’t know why but I think the pairing between Wayne and Winki is weird though.

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