Since Kevin Cheng’s (鄭嘉穎) popularity skyrocketed last year, he has increasingly been earmarked by the paparazzi, eager to dig up his “real dirt”! Was the triple-winning TV King truly as affable as his popular Ghetto Justice <怒火街頭> persona “Law Ba”? TVB actor, Sin Ho Ying (冼灝英), has spilled the dirt, by declaring: “Kevin Cheng is very self-centered! He has a poor character!”
Sin Ho Ying’s Hard Efforts Remain Unappreciated
TVB boxing drama, Gloves Come Off <拳王>, aired on Monday, April 16, 2012 in Hong Kong. The drama starred Kevin Cheng and Raymond Wong (黃浩然) as Muay Thai boxers. Producer Marco Law (羅永賢) consulted with Sin Ho Ying, a boxing and martial arts expert, for the action boxing scenes. Mr. Sin noted that preparation was key in avoiding injuries to the actors, while producing gritty, realistic-looking boxing scenes.
In an earlier interview, Mr. Sin revealed, “It was Marco Law who asked for my help. How often does TVB film a boxing drama? They did not know how to film the camera angles. I contacted the Muay Thai boxing association to ask for help. We tried many positions to find the best angles.”
Despite Mr. Sin’s hard efforts, they did not appear to be acknowledged properly by the Gloves Come Off production staff. Mr. Sin was not even invited to any promotional events for the drama. He attended as a representive from the Muay Thai boxing association.
Sin Ho Ying Attacks Kevin Cheng’s Character
Mr. Sin revealed that during the filming of Gloves Come Off, Kevin Cheng repeatedly questioned Mr. Sin’s professional opinion. Apparently, Kevin was difficult to work with, leading Mr. Sin to complain, “His personality is not a problem, just that he has a poor character! Kevin is very self-centered!”
Mr. Sin continued angrily, “Each time we filmed boxing scenes, I will prepare adequately, taking into account the necesary camera positions. However, Kevin never trusted my judgment and always questioned me! When he finally realizes that my position is the best, he will follow my suggestion. He is a smart guy and delivers good visual results onscreen. The [boxing scenes look] very dramatic. However, Kevin has poor character (人格衰)!”
Raymond Wong Is Remarkable
On the other hand, Mr. Sin was quick to praise Raymond Wong, who was his disciple. Mr. Sin’s voice brightened, “Raymond is very well good! He possesses a pure and very real personality. He is very hard working and wants to put in his best efforts.”
TVB originally scheduled a noon-time airplane flight for Raymond Wong earlier to fly back from Hengdian to Hong Kong to attend a promotional event for Gloves Come Off. Mr. Sin said, “In order to be less tired for the event, Raymond paid for the plane ticket out of his own pocket, returning to Hong Kong one day earlier. We attended the event together that day. As a result, Raymond’s performance was the best among everyone present!”
“Rubber” Kevin Cheng Refuses to Respond to Criticism
Sin Ho Ying’s criticism about Kevin’s “poor” character has caused a stir. Mr. Sin was a well-respected boxing and martial artist. However, Mr. Sin may also possess a hot-headed side, as glimpsed in his attack towards Pierre Ngo in October 2010. Mr. Sin and Pierre allegedly had a dispute and ended their martial arts “sifu-disciple” relationship in a violent manner. Getting drunk one night at a bar, Mr. Sin thrust a glass bottle against Pierre’s forehead, staining his shirt with blood!
While Mr. Sin criticized Kevin’s character, the online community nicknamed him as “Rubber Kevin,” bashing him for his worsening acting skills in Gloves Come Off. Netizens complained that Kevin’s acting skills did not even measure up to Raymond Wong!
Confronted by Mr. Sin and netizens’ harsh criticisms, Kevin remained cool-headed. Kevin handled the recent criticisms in the same manner as ex-flame Linda Wong’s (王馨平) father’s, Wang Yu’s (王羽) remark that he lacked a successful future. Kevin said, “Different people have varying perspectives. People who do not know me may misunderstand me. I will not comment further. Anyway, people who know me well will understand me. That is enough!”
Kevin refused to embroil himself deeper into the negative rumors, excusing himself as having a dental appointment. He refused to comment further.
Kate Tsui, Selena Li, and Natalie Tong Support Kevin Cheng
Gloves Come Off stars, Kate Tsui (徐子珊), Selena Li (李詩韻), and Natalie Tong (唐詩詠) vouched for Kevin’s character, indicating that they did not have any difficulties working with him in the drama. The women indicated that perhaps there may have been a verbal misunderstanding, that Mr. Sin was not so harsh in criticizing Kevin.
Selena Li said, “In my contact with Kevin Cheng, he is never rude. His personality is very real and fun. We can be true freinds!”
Natalie Tong said, “I never heard of [their inability to get along]. Every actor needs to have strong opinions and be self-centered. Kevin is not the type of person who will vent at other people.”
Portraying Kevin’s wife in a cameo role in Gloves Come Off, Kate Tsui said, “I have known Kevin for a long time and he is an easy-going person. He’s very straightforward!”
Virginia Lok Defends Kevin’s Character
Producer Marco Law acknowledged that Sin Ho Ying served as a consultant for the boxing scenes in Gloves Come Off. Mr. Law admitted that Mr. Sin and and Kevin possessed differences in opinion, but filming occurred smoothly. Mr. Law said, “Kevin is very concerned and serious during the filming. You can say that there are good and negatives aspects to this type of personality. However, after they discussed the scenes, Kevin will follow Mr. Sin’s suggestions.”
TVB executive manager, Virginia Lok (樂易玲), pointed out that martial artists such as Mr. Sin tend to have a blunt manner of speaking. Ms. Lok said, “Kevin was injured before, thus he had to clearly understand the filming requirements, unlike Raymond Wong, who has greater understanding with his sifu, Sin Ho Ying!”
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Jayne: This is the first time that I heard Kevin did not get along with a TVB colleague. Mr. Sin appears to have grown impatient since his expertise was repeatedly questioned by Kevin.