Since the broadcast of TVB series, Gloves Come Off <拳王>, numerous comparisons were made between male leads, Kevin Cheng (郑嘉颖) to Raymond Wong (黄浩然). In online forums, discussions revolved from topics such as who possessed a more muscular body, who had more convincing Muay Thai boxing gestures, and who gave a better acting performance.
Aside from netizens, Gloves Come Off cast members also discussed the differences between Raymond and Kevin. TVB veteran actors, Sin Ho Ying (冼灝英) and Lee Ka Ding (李家鼎), believed that Raymond’s Muay Thai boxing skills were better than Kevin Cheng’s. Sin Sifu and Ding Yeh also heavily criticized Kevin, while Raymond did not generate such negative rumors from the cast.
Raymond Wong Knows How to Please
Perhaps Raymond Wong understood the wisdom in the expression, “It is more advantageous to know how to behave as a person, rather than have good acting skills.” Raymond got along well with cast members and was heavily favored by TVB producers such as Lee Tim Shing (李添胜), Leung Choi Yuen (梁材远) and Amy Wong (王心慰). TVB executive, Catherine Tsang (曾励珍) also thought highly of Raymond.
Raymond was currently busily filming new TVB drama, Love Exceeds the Coastline <情越海岸线>, appearing in an odd, curly wig and straw hat for his character image. Tabloids speculated that Raymond was willing to look like a “drag queen” and “make himself look ugly” since he was interested in winning the TV King title at the end of the year. Allegedly, Raymond has already hinted this desire to TVB.
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Jayne: Let’s appreciate both Raymond and Kevin respectively, rather than compare them. The negative rumors for the cast of Gloves Come Off have been much stronger than any other recent drama.