Dealing with Behcet’s Disease, Raymond Wong Can Now Consume Solid Food

By on September 12, 2014 in TV Dramas

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Raymond Wong (黃浩然) was recently diagnosed with Behcet’s disease, an autoimmune disease that results in sores in the mouth and inflammation throughout the body. Suffering from constant high fevers since August, Raymond has been seeing various doctors to manage his health condition. Forced to step down from the lead role of time-traveling drama, Cheung Po Tsai <張保仔>, Raymond’s absence was missed by his colleagues.

When it became clear that Raymond was too ill to resume work anytime soon, TVB announced this week that Tony Hung (洪永城) would star in the pirate role instead. The staff scrambled to make last-minute changes to the script due to the casting change. As Cheung Po Tsai would be Tony’s first period drama, he spent extra time to study the script and memorize his dialogue carefully. Appearing at the blessing ceremony with curly hair and braids, Tony laughed, “My head is only shaved halfway; it has a very cooling effect.”

Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) is confident that he will work well with Tony as this will be their third collaboration. Ruco heard from producer Leung Choi Yuen (梁材遠) that Raymond’s health is taking a turn for the better, as he can now consume solid food at the hospital. Grace Chan (陳凱琳) said, “We’re all very worried about Raymond. Some things are destined. It may be a good thing for him to get good rest and for his body to recover.”

As the blessing ceremony for Cheung Po Tsai took place on September 12, which coincided with Leslie Cheung‘s (張國榮) birthday, Ruco was asked if he had paid respects to the deceased legend. Ruco said, “Leslie was my idol and I sang his songs when I joined a singing competition. I always wanted to pay my respects to him.”

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This article is written by Jayne for JayneStars.com.

47 comments to Dealing with Behcet’s Disease, Raymond Wong Can Now Consume Solid Food

  1. Funn Lim says:

    Tony Hung is a miscast and the more I see the more I am convinced by it. Eric Li would have been a better choice. But he’s in here as another pirate. My issue is not that Tony can’t act, he can. But he is no leading man material and to have a series named after his character, his character as main focus but to have potentially new actor in such a huge role coupled with a new actress in such a huge role, it will sink the series and maybe sink Tony’s career before he is prepared. More so he just doesn’t fit.

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    • oscar replied:

      If Tony and Grace lead this drama, it’ll sink like the Titanic, don’t say they haven’t been warned. Funny, now everyone will say “Ruco and Tony again!!” And yes, Ruco did pay his respects to Leslie in person. On another note, glad to hear that Raymond’s on the mend. Though I don’t usually enjoy watching Raymond, much rather him in this role than Tony any day.

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      • Toby replied:

        Raymond was bad casting decision because he looks too fragile to be a pirate but casting Tony is a disaster. Raymond was indeed better.

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      • omg replied:

        Toby on hindsight i guess Raymond always looked sickly becos he was sick. I think most of us rather see Raymond as CPT (if not Ruco) than any of the other names being thrown here. At least Raymond’s status in tvb is closer to Ruco.

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    • kolo replied:

      this is a suicide attempt for tony’s career,i think catherine tsang surly want to throw him to the lions. he must fight like an gladiator now to save his career.

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    • kiwi replied:

      From the photo above, he’s not bad looking with the tone down costume. We’ll see if this guy got what it takes.

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      • kiwi replied:

        😀

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    • Catherine replied:

      no one fits in this series as a pirate including ruco. All of them are miscasts and have hideous costumes.

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  2. DramaAddict says:

    Glad to hear Raymond Wong’s condition is improving. Take care, Raymond!

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  3. Tess says:

    Tony looks hedious in that pirate outfit! Lol!!

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    • miriamfanz replied:

      I say his costume already looks a lot better than Raymond’s.

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    • Toby replied:

      It’s because Tony and Raymond both can’t handle that pirate look! Miscast!

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    • Toby replied:

      I must say Ruco looks gorgeous and charismatic is his current role despite he’s not the title lead!

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  4. Hannah says:

    Hope Raymond Wong will recover soon.

    Now if only Ruco could drop out of filming…

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    • omg replied:

      Wish he cld too 🙁

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  5. Reo says:

    Someone mentioned in the other post that Sammy Shum would make a good pirate… And I couldn’t agree more. He has that “cool edgy look”

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    • omg replied:

      nooooooooooo……….

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    • sport3888 replied:

      I agree Sammy Sum would make a pirate better than Tony who really isn’t leading material! Not to mention Sammy Sum has the looks and talents of male lead yet is still doing supporting roles even though he’s been lead for movies and has a singing career under Paco!

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  6. Catherine says:

    All of them look hideous, tbh.
    this series will flop. just like bullet brain. LOL

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    • Janissa replied:

      Agree. should have postponed.

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  7. P. Tan says:

    If that is Tony in his pirate outfit in the above photo it seems ok to me. Let’s see!

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  8. OMG!!! Tony looks so weird in that pirate suit!!!! yeah!! i have heard about Raymond Wong had a sore throat!!!! when he came to the “Tvb Jadeworld carnival 2014”!! 😉

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  9. jc says:

    cheung po tsai is supposed to be a really handsome man, no? rose through the ranks because he got the favor from the head pirate and his wife (which he married later on) due to his looks. Tony Hung is average at best…

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    • Scarleteyes replied:

      Yeap I believe that’s the case. Cheung Po Tsai according to what being spread around he is supposedly attractive enough that his kidnapper made him their adopted favourite child and a man fell in love with him. I’m not sure if these are true but if Cheung is supposed to be attractive, this new guy Tony Hung doesn’t have what it takes. He’s already not reeking of any leadership charisma. And again if Cheung supposed to be attractive, only Bosco and Sammi are eligible for the part.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        That’s like describing Sammy Shum!!!

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      • Aragorn replied:

        Sounds like this pirate’s description is exaggerated by ladies, but likewise this character if described like this can only be played by Bosco Wong or Marco guy who can maintain a balance of attractiveness, cool factor, charisma and acting. Yeah I know Marco(Louis Cheung) isn’t pretty but he’s cool enough. Sammy Shum can also be considered but better if he can balance more of looks and acting I know ladies like the good looking unsercover.

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      • omg replied:

        Ruco should have been the logical choice. Unfortunately Uncle Choy wanted to promote his fave Raymond while using Ruco as a ratings puller. Too bad Raymond fell sick and now there’s no one available, he’s to settle for Tony. Now if only Ruco could pull out. Even if Sammy is suitable for this role, he’s too new to co lead with Ruco (or heaven forbid lead over Ruco!). He’s better looking than Tony but he’s not good looking to me. Sort of ape-ish looking and lose those sideburns for christ’s sake.

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      • kiwi replied:

        All bets are on and it’s time to roll the dice. 😀 🙁 LOL!

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      • Toby replied:

        Attractive, handsome, charismatic pirate is totally Ruco! I still can’t believe Uncle Choi doesnt want tp make Ruco the main role! They only want to promote Tony!

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        Ruco is ideal for this current role. I have a feeling this role will have all the angst and whatever and will surpass the pirate role. It is always that way. I feel this is equal leading role, so let’s forget about the whole title and all that. I am happy Ruco is in this role. However Tony is still a miscast. But all the better because Ruco can shine.

        I read this pirate will later become an official? Maybe Tony will suit that more. Despite the fact about handsome etc (which Sammy suits perfectly), I feel the best casting would have been Louis Cheung who can be both devious and elegant and charismatic. What a waste of a good opportunity. Why not just not film this at all for the time being? Oh yeah all booked! Well now we have double jeapardy. I fear for this series so hopefully each and everyone will do their role flawlessly.

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      • Toby replied:

        I agree Funn! The good thing out of this sharing leads with third tier artistes is that Ruco can shine!

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      • omg replied:

        @ Toby, according to hk fans Uncle Choy all along favored Raymond over Ruco. Too bad he shot his own foot this time. Ruco shld hv landed the title role. Louis or Sammy may be better replacement choices than Tony but i dont see them at co – lead level with Ruco yet. Ruco has himself expressed that he would like to act as CPT. It’s a pity.

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      • Toby replied:

        @omg well uncle Choi’s favoritism over Raymond now are eating him back! Out of all people in TVB, Tony is the replacement in this crucial historical role? I’d rather see Power Chan or Pierre Ngo anyday than Tony if uncle Choi really want to promote a not handsome 3rd tier although still unfair for Ruco to share lead with 2/3rd tiers.

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      • omg replied:

        Toby, agree with you.

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      • omg replied:

        Toby, the main cast other than Ruco are all second/third tier! Even the actresses are second/third tier! OMG!!! What’s Ruco doing in a drama like this? Smh!

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    • kolo replied:

      if cheung po chai was really described as attractive,handsome,cool,charismatic,leadership,hence almost perfect then i think no one in tvb not even bosco can play this role convincingly.the only one that is suitable for this role then i think is chow yun fat,but he is too expensive and no way he will come back to tvb.

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      • Toby replied:

        I think Ruco is the best choice TVB ever have for CPT now since he’s so versatile!

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      • omg replied:

        Cannot, CYF is too expensive and too old to pair with Grace unless they replace her (i wish!)

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      • kolo replied:

        agree that ruco has almost everything but except the cool that he doesnt possess,bosco is cool and handsome but miss leadership aura,sammi is handsome but miss the x-factor. maybe chilam but he is rather the same as bosco.

        no not grace why replace her? she is hot and im curious if she can act or not.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        Sammie has the charisma, looks and x factor but his acting abilities need to catch up first if not he is just another charismatic pretty boy.

        Ruco has the coolness and the mature look to play almost all characters except young man and people in ultimate authority sort of position. He is cool without being too chok.

        Chilam is Sammie, except luckier.

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      • omg replied:

        Ok ok let’s just say we all hv our own opinions and preferences. You like but i don’t like. I like but you don’t. At the end of the day it’s already a done deal. Until they’re actually in such roles we’ll never know.

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  10. evangeline says:

    Tony Hung doesn’t have enough screen presence to lead a drama. Should have given the role to Sammy Sum. Crossing the Finish Line has already completed filming.

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    • kiwi replied:

      He doesn’t. It’s not his call. 😀 🙁 LOL!

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  11. Funn Lim says:

    Just saw the interview for this event. I am very impressed at the way Grace was very confident in flirting with Ruco, he seems a bit flustered with how quick her wit was. She seems rather friendly and chirpy and speaks good cantonese so that’s a plus point. I hope she does well. I am sick of Ruco being paired with subpar actresses or actors.

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  12. Ria says:

    So many strange drama lately. All I wanted to watch is s/t similar to “block of life” & “rear mirror”.

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  13. KY says:

    Hrmm TVB as usual have bad casting calls. Do the talent crews of this drama really think that Raymond Wong and Tony Hung look the part. They don’t even have that star power look. For a drama called grand production, I think an A list siu sang is a better call to fill the pirate leader spot and the side kicks can be filled with green faces that TVB wants to promote. I think this is just the director choosing his own favourite people. TVB should try engaging in auditions for their central drama characters.

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    • KY replied:

      On the other hand I’m excited to see Grace in a drama. She’s one of the prettiest MHK to grace TVB after many years.

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