Facing an onslaught of competition in the Hong Kong television market, TVB is willing to reach out to all ends to maintain their position as the number one provider of Hong Kong entertainment. Eric Tsang (曾志偉) has already confirmed to the press last September that Andy Lau (劉德華) will be returning to TVB to shoot a television drama serial in the coming months. In addition, Eric exclaimed that Chow Yun Fat (周潤發) was also invited to return to the station, in which he will reportedly star in a drama that will be tailor-made for the international star. It has been nearly thirty years since Fat Gor starred in his last TVB drama.
Although Fat Gor has yet to confirm his return, the 57-year-old The Bund <上海灘> star stated that he is interested in returning to the small screen and urged Eric to send him a script once it was completed.
Award-winning actor Tony Leung Ka Fai (梁家輝) also expressed an interest in returning to TVB after meeting up with Eric last week. While Tony never formally starred in a TVB television drama before, the Cold War <寒戰> star did graduate from the same TVB acting class with classmate Andy Lau in 1980. Tony believes that he owed TVB a favor, and entrusted Eric to arrange a good script and role for his return.
Eric Convinces Ng Man Tat to Return
After Andy, Fat Gor, and Tony, yet another TVB actor-turned-international star is rumored to return to film a TVB drama this year. In December 2012, Chow Yun Fat’s TVB acting class classmate, Ng Man Tat (吳孟達), was invited to present the My Favorite Male Character award at the TVB Anniversary Awards. At the show, Tat Gor exclaimed that he had always wanted to return to TVB, but admitted that contract negotiations never worked out due to TVB’s low pay.
In the days following the Anniversary awards, Tat Gor was rumored to be willing to lower his price to return to TVB due to his many business failures and monetary debts. After meeting up with longtime friend Eric for a casual dinner, Tat Gor finally agreed to return to TVB to help the station fight in the television battle. Eric plans to cast Tat Gor in a comedy-drama serial, which will star Andy and Tony.
An insider revealed, “Eric and Tat Gor have always been friends. The two of them often meet up. Eric once talked with Tat Gor [about returning to TVB], and assured him that he will be working with a great cast, including Andy and Tony. Eric will meet up with Tat Gor at a later time to formally discuss about the contract details.”
However, contrary to previous published reports, Tat Gor is not short on money. In fact, Sudden Weekly magazine recently discovered that Tat Gor has been earning a hefty profit from his ten restaurants and shops in Hong Kong. If the Hong Kong Film Award-winning actor does return to TVB, it will most definitely not be because of money.
Once addicted to mahjong gambling, Tat Gor had to file for bankruptcy after repaying his debts. Tat Gor quickly pulled himself back together in the months after his bankruptcy, and the 61-year-old actor currently owns over 10 restaurants and shops in Hong Kong, including six extremely popular Hong Kong-styled cafes stationed in Beijing and Shanghai.
Tat Gor Doesn’t Know Kevin Cheng
Tat Gor, who graduated from TVB’s acting class in 1973, has worked with many famous and popular TVB siu sangs in the past. When asked to give his opinion on TVB’s current leading actors, Tat Gor expressed that he is most impressed with Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) and Moses Chan (陳豪).
“I don’t watch Hong Kong television as often anymore. I always change channels when I watch TV, so I never really notice [many of the actors]. However, I do believe that Moses and Wayne are pretty good. I’ve seen their dramas, and they’re not bad [actors]. I also know about Raymond Lam (林峯). He has a good image. I’ve eaten with him at [Hengdian World Studios] before, and we share the same ancestral home – Xiamen. There is also Kenneth Ma (馬國明). I’ve also watched his dramas before. He is quite normal. I presented the [My Favorite Male Character] award to him last year, and he looks very polite.”
As for TVB’s top-earning Best Actor Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎), Tat Gor said, “I don’t know him. I don’t recall watching his dramas before…. Oh, is he the one who filmed that drama with Nicky Wu (吳奇隆)? Nope. I still don’t know him.”
Upon realizing that Kevin is currently earning 400,000 RMB per episode in mainland China, Tat Gor, who only earns 200,000 RMB per episode in China, exclaimed, “Wow! That’s amazing! But sometimes these things are exaggerated for the press.”
Kevin Cheng was earlier criticized by Tat Gor’s friend, director-actor Lee Lik Chi (李力持). Maybe Tat Gor is just helping out his good friend?
Source: Sudden Weekly #914 via ihktv.com
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.