Although Pakho Chau (周柏豪) was confirmed to reprise his role in Line Walker 3 <使徒行者3>, his screen time appears to have been cut short in response to Mainland Chinese netizens’ outcry over the star’s pro-democracy stance. With speculations heating up, Pakho admitted that his character is limited to a cameo appearance. However, the star is not concerned that the controversy will further impact his career.
Insisting that his screen time in Line Walker 3 was always meant to be a cameo appearance, Pakho said, “I only had a guest role and filmed two scenes. Netizens said that I filmed many scenes and that I was unhappy that my character got cut. This never happened, so I am a little perplexed.”
Since he has not watched Line Walker 3, Pakho cannot confirm if the final edit made any additional cuts to his screen time. Pakho would feel disappointed if his character does end up being cut because he made the appearance to support the drama.
Reflecting on His Social Media Controversy
During the controversy, Pakho felt scared and admitted that he had a difficult time dealing with public criticism, “I felt awful at that time, and my family and colleagues were worried about my well-being. When I read the fans’ supportive messages, I broke down many times. Right now, I am no longer affected by the public’s comments.”
Pakho shared that the experience changed his perspective on using social media, “I never expressed my political opinions, but now I am very sensitive to the topic. It’s difficult to express [any opinions] in this generation.” Since his posts can be twisted and then blown out of proportion, Pakho decided to stop using social media.
Does Not Want to Work in China for the Time Being
While the controversy undeniably damaged Pakho’s image in China, the star reassured fans that he is not worried about his career and he still has work lined up. “I have two dramas and two movies being aired in China, so there aren’t any problems. After that, I still have more projects to air.”
Regardless of his controversy, Pakho is cautious about traveling to China because he wants to protect his family during the pandemic, “My manager told me that many companies in China are reaching out to hire me for performances and endorsements, but I don’t want to take the risk and be in quarantine for 28 days for just one event. My family depends on me, and I help bathe my daughter at home. My heart is with my wife and daughter, and there are memories that can’t be bought with money.”
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.