TVB Management Didn’t Want Felix Wong in “Looking Back in Anger”
Felix Wong‘s (黃日華) hit drama Looking Back in Anger <義不容情> is currently on re-run and he has been watching with his family to reminisce. Felix’s daughter Adrian Wong (黄芷晴) disclosed that when she was younger, Felix would play videotapes of the drama and force her to watch during dinner. This is one of his most famous dramas, but it is a little known fact that he nearly lost the chance to participate in the filming.
Felix joined TVB in 1980. He shot to stardom in 1983 with The Legend of the Condor Heroes <射鵰英雄傳> and was part of the Five Tigers which comprised of Andy Lau (劉德華), Michael Miu (苗僑偉), Kent Tong (湯鎮業), and Tony Leung (梁朝偉). In an older interview, he discussed the hardships that he faced while filming with TVB, “We would film till 3 or 4 a.m. and then we were expected to be back at work at 6 a.m. So once I got off work, I would run to the washroom to sleep.” Due to exhaustion, he was diagnosed with hepatitis. At the time, TVB only allowed him to take 18 days off from work but he still remained loyal even when the other four Tigers had left to explore other opportunities.
The final straw was when it came time for his contract renewal in 1987. TVB had offered Felix a new contract spanning five years with an increase of $500 HKD annually. Angered, he declined to renew and vowed to leave after his contract ended in three years, “I only asked for a couple thousand dollars extra in salary and they said that I was way over my head!” Thus, TVB declined to continue promoting him. From leading actor, Felix suddenly found himself in small supporting roles.
In 1989, the producer of Looking Back in Anger, Wai Ka Fai (韋家輝) wanted to cast Felix as the leading man. TVB management did not want someone that was going to leave the company in a year to be the leading man. However Wai Ka Fai insisted that he would only work with Felix. Thanks to the his persistence, Felix’s career reached a new high point as Looking Back in Anger received great ratings and reviews.
The re-run of Felix’s classic drama allows viewers to once again witness his charismatic acting. Felix has not accepted any new jobs since his appearance in HKTV’s 2015 drama Paranormal Mind <開腦儆探>. He has been spending time taking care of his wife who was diagnosed with leukemia three years ago. As can be seen, he is very similar to his character in Looking Back in Anger– a loving family man.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.