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Sunday, January 27, 2013


The Emperor

In the former Kranji Transmission Station

I have come close to my wish of acting as a strong Asian politician, in a biographical account.

This one is a science fiction about an Emperor who wants to vaccinate his citizens so that they will be incapable of hatred, but filled with love and live in bliss forever. And he shall jail anyone that comes in his way - resistance is futile - which includes his very own son and inventor of the vaccine.

This role came as a surprise, from a phone call when I was in the bus, less than 24 hours from the shoot. I got the script early in the morning and to my horror found that there were chunks of dialogues to memorize in Mandarin!!!! That was 7am in the morning, so I spent every hour since then memorizing my lines till call time at 10pm the same day. Lots of sweat. I took it as a challenge to see how far I can go and how much I can achieve in a short time like this.

The Son and Inventor of the Vaccine
My part wrapped at midday the next day. I rushed home, took a nap till 6pm, then prepare to pack up to leave for Guangzhou, China for another shoot. That one playing the role of an immigration officer chasing up African over-stayers. Stay tuned.

As it turned out, UnFlaw was a pleasant surprise.

Director/Script Writer: Tan Ming Jie.

My Wish List:
1. To act as a strong Asian politician in his biographical account on film.
2. To act as a multi-character character in a comedy.
3. To act in a musical.

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