first of our interview rounds, we met Frankie.
The actor who stars in the current "Ten
Brothers", "The Herbalist's Manual"
and the 1990 classic, "Challenge of
Life". From the way he talks, we can
see he's a very devoted family man and a
real veteran in the industry...
You spent almost 4 years filming “Virtues
of Harmony”, what’s your opinion
on filming a long running series as compared
to the usual 20-30 episodes drama serial?
Frankie: Being an actor,
it’s a luxury to have a wider choice
of roles to attempt. Unfortunately, if you
are engaged to a long-running series, that
means you are committed to the same role
for say, three years as compared to the
usual three months for an average drama
serial. And for an active person like me,
that’s pretty strenuous.
lot of HK stars are going to China to participate
in their productions. In a way, expanding
their fan base. Do you have any plans to
venture into their market?
Frankie: I’m a very
family-oriented person including my wife,
Kenix. I don’t see myself as a person
who can go to China (filming) for long periods
of time and only return to HK occasionally
to visit my family. I prefer to stay rooted
in HK, undeniably there is a very large
market in mainland China waiting to be explored.
that Lee Ang’s Brokeback Mountain
is such a hot topic. Given a choice, do
you think you will take up a homosexual
role in a serial or movie?
Frankie: No…I think
it’s much better and natural to see
a man and a woman hugging each other onscreen.
On the contrary, if the script is good then
the risk of taking up such a controversial
role is worthwhile for an actor. It’s
a great challenge in fact.
started out in the industry because of a
Super Talent contest. Any advice for want
to be actors and actress?
Frankie: Besides the usual
hardwork, I believed you still need a lot
of luck. Possessing good looks might not
help after all. A renowned producer, Wong
Tian Lin (Father of Director Wong Jing)
once told us that there won’t be chances
for you to shine if you don’t have
luck. There are at least 4o students graduating
from drama classes each year and only a
minimum number of 4 remains in the industry.
Because most of them either give up halfway
or remain as virtually unknowns in front
of the camera so luck is a very important
factor for an actor.
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Richard Lim Jr