September 2008, 2pm at Orchard Cineleisure KBox
Louis Koo wants viewers of “Connected” to
associate his character, Bob, as an ordinary person,
not a hero.
So much so that he chose to be strapped into the driver’s
seat of a car hanging at the edge of a precipitous cliff.
He is quick to add that there were no wires or harnesses
attached to him. All he had was his seatbelt.
“The fear and anxiety you see on my face in that
scene were real,” he attests. Although the original
plan was to have a stuntman extra in the car, he persuaded
director Benny Chan to let him do it himself because
the “result of which would be more believable”.
The scene ends with his character swiftly opening the
car seat and jumping off to one side while the car plunges
down the ravine. Again, that really is Louis Koo you
see on screen doing that daring stunt. “There
were no rehearsals for that,” he said. “The
assistant director wanted a rehearsal but I told him
‘Rehearsal? What rehearsal? Let’s just get
it over with.’”
Koo was also concerned about the plausibility, or rather
the implausibility of the scenario in “Cellular”,
the Hollywood movie on which “Connected”
is based on. So he worked hard with director Chan to
make sure that his character’s transformation
from being skeptical to believing that the stranger
on the other end of the phone line was indeed in danger
was as real and believable as possible.
Aware that “Connected” arrives four years
after “Cellular”, Koo said that the social
distance between people has gradually widened. “People
are busy with their own work and other commitments,
so much so that their connection with others are becoming
weaker,” he observed. He feels therefore that
Connected arrives at a timely occasion on the heels
of such a social phenomenon.
Today, Louis Koo has reached a point in his career where
his name is enough to headline a big-budget action film.
Indeed, it has been more than 12 years ago that the
boyishly handsome actor had his screen debut in the
movie “On Fire” and the “Troublesome
Ever the dedicated and professional actor, Louis Koo
said that he hopes to get a wider breadth of roles in
future. He alluded to the accolades he received recently
for his playing against type in the movie “Protege”
and said that is an example of the kind of roles he
hopes to be able to experience in future.
Hollywood has also come knocking on his doors, as his
manager revealed, and it may not be too long before
we get to see the bona fide Hong Kong star in Tinseltown.
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Gabriel Chong & Richard Lim Jr
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