To boost the ratings for anniversary drama Will Power <法外風雲>, TVB ordered extra trailers to be broadcast in their TVB Jade channel throughout the day. Two promotional functions were held last week, which were attended by the main cast including Fala Chen (陳法拉), who is no longer a managed TVB artist. Female lead Christine Ng (伍詠薇), however, did not attend either promotions.
Christine was allegedly unhappy with TVB’s favoritism on Fala and chose not to attend Will Power promotions to voice out her disapproval. It was reported that many of Christine’s scenes were cut in order to have Fala shine stronger in the legal drama.
While the cast promoted in Hong Kong, Christine was seen vacationing in Paris with good friends Chilam Cheung (張智霖), Anita Yuen (袁詠儀), and Calvin Choy (蔡一智). Christine, who hesitantly renewed her TVB contract in late 2011, was reported saying that TVB only gave her small productions to star in and left her out in grand productions. The 44-year-old has been with TVB for 17 years and has starred in over 20 TVB dramas.
A source said, “Christine knew that she would have relationship lines with Moses Chan (陳豪) and Wayne Lai (黎耀祥). She thought she would have a lot of screen time, but in order to convince Fala to renew her contract, TVB demanded the producer to add more scenes for Fala and have her lead over Christine. She wasn’t too happy about that.”
In regards to Christine’s absence in promotions, Wayne said, “It doesn’t matter. I don’t think it’s a waste. Accommodation is very important when it comes to these promotional events. Artists are busy in their private lives too. Moses and I are part of [TVB], so even if we have other things to do, we have to attend [the promotions].”
Producer Tsui Ching Hong (徐正康) said, “This drama has a very strong cast, and I do want the full cast to attend promotions! But [Christine] told me that her husband has some business in France and she needs to help him.”
Christine could not be reached for comment.
Source: Sudden Weekly #951 via ihktv.com
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.