After taking part in the TVB drama Witness Insecurity <護花危情) in 2012, veteran actor Paul Chun (秦沛) is now back in TVB drama, I Bet Your Pardon <荷里活有個大老千>. He stars alongside other seasoned actors, including Kent Cheng (鄭則士) and Kent Tong (湯鎮業).
Currently 73 years old, Paul has already been in the entertainment industry for 70 years. However, he has no intentions of retiring. Paul hails from a family of actors. Both his parents, father Yan Fa (严化) and mother Hung Wei (红薇), were renowned actors, and his children, Benji Chiang (姜文杰) and Lesley Chiang (姜麗文) have also made show business their careers.
Still Passionate About Acting
Paul began his career in entertainment as a child actor at the young age of three. His 70-year career boasts a resume of television series, films, as well as stage plays. His work consists of more than 300 films and more than 4,000 hours of television airtime. With such an array of experiences, are there any types of unique characters that Paul would like to portray? Paul thoughtfully responded, “I don’t know what kinds of characters I have not already portrayed before. If I do come across one, I would definitely accept the challenge! I’m very passionate about this field of work. I like everything and anything related to acting.”
Many artistes in the industry have had difficult moments where they’ve felt like giving up on their careers. Despite having been active in showbiz for 70 years, Paul has never felt discouraged. Even when issues such as incomplete scripts or sporadic script changes occur, Paul deals with the matter with a high EQ. “If another actor spontaneously changes my lines on set of filming, I would say to him, ‘I’m getting old now. My brain does not adjust very quickly. I spent a few days memorizing my lines. How about you just read your lines, and I’ll read my lines?’”
Having been one of Hong Kong showbiz’s staple actors during the flourishing 1980s, Paul is reminiscent of the good old times. “At the time, there wasn’t a Mainland Chinese market. There was only Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and western markets. We were all flourishing and it was a great time! How can I not be disheartened [at the Hong Kong film market] now? But I always say that Hong Kong films will definitely have its chance.”
His passion for the industry is shown through actions. When it comes to selecting filming projects, Paul focuses on the quality of the script, the director, and the cast. He expressed, “In the past, I would not accept the project if there was not enough of a budget. But now, I hope to foster more talented people for Hong Kong entertainment. I’m very willing to help out in any way, shape, or form. I hope to help attract more people who are passionate about this industry to chase their dreams.”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.