For their roles in Death by Zero <殺手>, Moses Chan (陳豪) and Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) both went through their own forms of diet and exercising routine to prepare their assassin roles. While Moses regularly maintains a very fit physique, Wayne had to work harder to achieve his goals.
Already 56 years old, Wayne was required to lose 10 pounds and acquire a fitter physique for his role. Portraying a savvy-turned-incompetent assassin, Wayne used his personal experiences to bring life into his character. “At my age, there’s definitely more life experiences. I can use what I have been through and my experiences to inject into the character. The same character goes through a drastic 10-year change. The audience will be able to tell from your eyes, expressions, and movements the difference that time and experience has brought on. That is why it is important for actors to live a life full of different experiences.”
For his role, he was instructed to lose 10 pounds and gain a fitter physique. Wayne shared, “It was impossible for me to turn into a full on muscle man in such a short amount of time. So the only thing I could do is lose as much excess fat as possible. I would have two eggs, broccoli, and tomatoes for breakfast. The audience has very harsh expectations of actors. Even if you are older in age, they still require you to stay fit. It would be very sad if I was critiqued to be middle-aged, fat, and losing all my looks. That is why it is important to keep standards for myself and not allow let myself go.”
Opposite to Wayne, Moses instead had to maintain his fit physique and showcase bulging muscles through his clothes. The 49-year-old actor expressed that his desire to maintain his health not only stems from work, but also from his desire to watch his children grow up. “As a father, my children are still very young. Furthermore, I am also an actor. Both of these things require me to maintain good condition and be in shape. After exercising, I would notice that my condition is much better. I would feel younger and have more energy. A little bit of exercise each day is sufficient.” Moses continued, “I often tell Wayne not to view this as a diet plan, but rather a lifestyle. You have to enjoy it too.”
In addition to being recognized and successful actors, both Wayne and Moses also share one thing in common – their roles as fathers. With two sons and one daughter, Moses expressed the importance of fairness. “I focus a lot on being fair. I make sure to give my love equally to all my children. They have to also learn how to play fairly, stand in line, share, and take turns with everything. My wife and I would share our experiences with our children, then let them make their own decisions. They have to understand that they have to deal with the consequences of every step they take.”
On the other hand, Wayne only has one son, who is already 22 years old. Rather than focusing on fairness, Wayne instead makes an effort to not spoil his son. On his and his wife’s parenting methods, Wayne shared, “My wife and I would not easily give in to all of my son’s every desire. For example, we would review and consider his grades before buying him a toy. We would review with him the pros and cons of each toy, and then let him make the decision on which one is best for him. This is also a way of improving our communication so we learn to better communicate with one another. I would tell my son that he is responsible for his own life. If he can’t even do that, then he will not be able to do anything.”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.