In his third self-directed movie The Trough <低壓槽>, Nick Cheung (張家輝) cast Maggie Cheung (張可頤) as a corrupt cop. Having collaborated with Maggie in Ups and Downs in the Sea of Love <十萬噸情緣> in 2003, Nick has not worked with her since and did not stay in touch. However, Nick wanted to cast against stereotype and extended the lead antagonist role to Maggie.
When asked why he specifically chose Maggie for the role of a high-level corrupt cop in his movie, Nick said, “When I finished creating the character, I made I clear that I didn’t want this to be a male corrupt cop because that seems too traditional. Then I thought that Maggie would be great for this role. This should be refreshing for both viewers and myself.”
Promising that his new movie will be action-packed and thrilling, Nick smiled, “As an experienced actor, being a director enables you to pick up new ideas. And there’s a phenomenal satisfaction in knowing you’ve accomplished your goal.”
Impressed at Nick’s ability to move from being an actor to director, Maggie said having Nick’s approval is the most reassuring. Maggie expressed, “Now that Nick is directing, he can also see things from an acting perspective. When he was discussing the script with me, it was evident that he was already in character and was very clear about what he wants from this project, and I’m simply the person who will carry out this character role.”
Although Maggie plays a corrupt cop in the movie, Nick said the lines between right and wrong are not always clear cut. People simply make decisions based on the best interests of their current conditions, and one decision usually leads to another, until they can no longer undo the past. Claiming that he and Maggie are not actual enemies in the movies, Nick states that they merely have a difference in opinions and values.
“The Trough” Trailer
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.