Recent rumors surfaced that on the set of Hong Kong TVB drama, Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles 名媛望族 (formerly known as Prominent Family), Ron Ng (吳卓羲l) appeared disgruntled that his screen time was less than costar, Kenneth Ma (馬國明). Ron allegedly appeared listless on the set and did not seem focused on his acting.
Ron Ng entered TVB in 1998 and has acted in television dramas for 14 years. Kenneth Ma graduated from TVB 14th Acting Class in 2000 and has been in the industry for 12 years. Both actors were part of the heavily promoted S4 pilot trainees in 2003 Triumph in the Skies <衝上雲宵>. Kenneth has been able to cement his status as a leading actor in recent years, with his acting winning critical praise. With Kenneth’s popularity surging since the broadcast of popular medical drama, The Hippocratic Crush <On Call 36小時>, his onscreen time has been increased in Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles.
However, Ron Ng’s career appeared to be at a standstill, in which he has not quite ascended to a first-line actor yet. Allegedly, Ron had rejected three mainland China dramas in order to film Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles, thus losing out a more desirable income, which led to his disgruntlement on set. A production crew member indicated that Ron appeared to be unfocused during filming, delivering the dialogue and gestures asked of him, but not anything more.
Ron Ng Strongly Denies Rumors
Ron Ng appeared at a Shenzhen fashion event last Sunday, March 18th, where he denied rumors that he appeared listless on the set of Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles. Ron asked, “Who started such rumors? There is no such thing! I will portray a villain in the drama and there will be many challenging opportunities to perform near the last segment of the story.”
Kenneth Ma also vouched that Ron was focused in his acting on set. Kenneth stated, “I did not sense that Ron was listless. Actually, his scenes are plentiful in the drama, especially towards the end when he enacts his revenge. At that point, Ron will be leading the plot movement.”
In addition, Ron denied that he was jealous of costar, Kenneth Ma, and did not mind that he played a supporting role in Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles. Ron said, “I am not unhappy. Since it is the company’s arrangement, I will do the job!”
After completing Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles, Ron and Kenneth will once again partner together in another heavyweight TVB drama, Triumph in the Skies 2, slated to start filming in May 2012.
Ron Shows His Flab
At last week’s fashion promotional event in Shenzhen, Ron Ng wore knee-length cropped pants, a purple scarf, and a mesh shirt, which revealed his entire backside. Despite filming day and night for new TVB drama, Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles, it appeared that Ron Ng packed on extra pounds to his normally muscular body and possessed “love handles.” Did the lengthy filming hours prevent Ron from his normal gym routine, thus turning former muscle to flab?
Other artists appearing at the Shenzhen event included Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), Kate Tsui (徐子珊), Lai Lok Yi (黎諾懿) and Sharon Chan (陳敏之). While the ladies looked lovely in figure hugging dresses showing off their fit figures, the men’s fashions were quite daring, with Bosco wearing a pink quilted coat and Lok Yi appearing in yellow shorts and a leopard and floral printed scarf.
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Jayne: Kenneth is definitely gaining greater prominence at TVB. Earlier, I had questioned whether he would be able to carry the 40-episode Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles, but his popularity after The Hippocratic Crush answered that question.
It will be interesting to see how the screen time between Kenneth and Ron will be appropriated in the upcoming Triumph in the Skies 2, since Ron’s character was much more significant in the original series.