Tony Leung Scared to Watch Himself in “The Duke of Mount Deer”
TVB’s classic 1984 adaptation of Jin Yong’s The Duke of Mount Deer <鹿鼎記> is currently airing on the midnight time slot of TVB Jade. The 40-episode drama, produced by Lee Tim-sing (李添勝), starred the then 22-year-old Tony Leung Chiu-wai (梁朝偉) and 23-year-old Andy Lau (劉德華) in the lead roles.
“I watched a bit of it a few nights ago,” said Tony. “Scared myself! Went straight to sleep!”
On March 22, Project House held a 25th anniversary dinner, attended by film artists such as director Wong Kar-wai (王家衛), Tony Leung, Chang Chen (張震), Sandrine Pinna (張榕容), and more. Wong Kar-wai, who also owns Project House, expressed his bittersweet thoughts at how fast 25 years have gone by, but did say that he is very satisfied with all the films he have made so far. The director is currently working on the comedy-drama film The Ferryman <擺渡人>, which stars Tony Leung and Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城武). “It’s almost done,” he said. “Takeshi and Tony work so well together. We all had a great time.”
Despite rumors of delayed filming, Tony said he had a great time shooting The Ferryman. “I’m very happy to be able to film a comedy. I want to continue to do more films with positive energy.”
The award-winning actor revealed that he will be shooting Europe Raiders <歐洲攻略>, also a comedy to be directed by Wong Kar-wai, soon after finishing The Ferryman. As Tony took an extended break after shooting 2013’s The Grandmaster <一代宗師>, Tony’s sudden workload is surprising.
“That is the life of a film actor,” said Tony. “Either you never come across a movie you want to do, and wait; or they all come at once, and be very busy.” Joking that Tony would not be able to have time to spend with wife Carina Lau (劉嘉玲), he said, “She’s even busier than me! It’s always been like that.”
Mentioning that TVB is currently broadcasting his 1984 television drama The Duke of Mount Deer, Tony said, “It scared me! I watched a bit a few nights ago, and couldn’t handle it anymore. I went straight to sleep!” The former TVB actor added that he does not save his old television dramas.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.