TVB held the costume fitting for its big-budget drama, The Hero <梟雄>. Once Film King, Anthony Wong (黃秋生) agreed to make his television comeback, producer Amy Wong (王心慰) has been working hard to refine the script and assemble a first-class cast together. Aside from Wayne Lai (黎耀祥), former Five Tigers member, Kent Tong (湯鎮業), has signed on board. Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), Louisa So (蘇玉華), Kenneth Ma (馬國明), Ron Ng (吳卓羲), and Natalie Tong (唐詩詠) also star.
Set in Shanghai from the 1920s to 1950s, the series captures the turbulence and struggle for power amongst brothers. The filming will begin next month, and will take roughly half a year to finish. Amy disclosed that The Hero is her most expensive TVB production to-date. “It costs an unimaginable amount! Filming in Shanghai and the different locations, as well as transportation and costumes cost a lot of money. Even with a regular scene on the streets, we need around 200 to 300 temporary actors.”
Veterans Not Persuaded by Money
Although Anthony Wong has not worked with TVB in over two decades, he agreed to film The Hero as a personal favor to Amy for jumpstarting his acting career. “I just want to fulfill a wish and work with Amy again. Back at ATV, I’m grateful that she allowed me to film Wang Zhaojun <王昭君>.”
Despite receiving a lower salary from TVB, both Anthony and Kent emphasized that work is not all about pay. Anthony had to reject other projects in order to film The Hero. However, he feels that being happy with his work is more important than money itself.
Kent Tong revealed that he was impressed by the good script and agreed to star in the drama, even booking a hotel to stay in Hong Kong for two months to accommodate filming needs.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.