Chapman To just wants to be himself

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
11 Mar 2015

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China

Renowned Hong Kong actor Chapman To may have been banned by Chinese authorities after voicing his support for the student protest against Taiwan and China’s trade agreement last year, but the 42-year-old has no regrets for his actions and simply wishes to be himself. 

Speaking to xinmsn in an interview yesterday while being in town for the press conference of local film Mahjong King, Chapman frankly revealed his thoughts on the issue. 

“There has been a weird phenomenon of late. It seems like our homeland and our (country’s) audience are no longer important. I don’t feel any regrets for not being able to gain exposure in China,” he shared.

“I won’t take it close to heart as what matters most for me is about being myself.”

The 42-year-old was in good spirits during the star-studded press conference of the local Lunar New Year film, which revolves around the topic of mahjong. 

Directed by Malaysian director and producer Adrian Teh, the film speaks of Chapman and local comedy king Mark Lee being fellow mahjong apprentices when they were young. 

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
11 Mar 2015

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China

In the show, Chapman hides his identity and becomes a food seller after emerging as the champion of a mahjong competition. However, Mark Lee is jealous of his success and challenges him to a showdown, forcing Chapman to go against Mark.

Apart from spurring his mahjong skills with Mark Lee in the show, Chapman stars alongside other local artistes like Richard Low, Patricia Mok, Dennis Chew, and several Malaysian, Hong Kong and Taiwanese actors.

The 42-year-old showcased his good rapport with his cast members, joking from time to time and soaking in the joyous New Year atmosphere at the press conference.

No hints of fiery temper on set
No hints of fiery temper on set
11 Mar 2015

No hints of fiery temper on set

Being known for his fiery temper while filming his shows, Chapman revealed that Mahjong King is the first film where he had not lost his temper during the filming process, as he got along well with his fellow cast members.

His co-star Mark also said jokingly, “As Sandra Ng is familiar with his fiery temper, she asked me whether ‘Chapman was angry or not’ when she promoted her film in Singapore previously.”

However, Mark emphasised that Chapman and him had become good friends since the first day of filming as both of them love to eat.

When asked about the eight-pack good figure he used to have, which has now ‘merged into one pack’, Chapman wittily replied, “I’ve kept them because I don’t want to flaunt my domineering stature.”

Mark Lee cannot bear to see his daughter enter primary school
Mark Lee cannot bear to see his daughter enter primary school
11 Mar 2015

Mark Lee cannot bear to see his daughter enter primary school

While Mark joked cheerily and made exchanges with Chapman seamlessly at the press conference, he shared about being sad that his daughter has grown ‘too quickly’ in his interview with xinmsn.

Though he acts as a father who neglects his daughter as he is blinded by wealth and fame, Mark admitted that he is an anxious and loving father in real life.

He revealed his feelings when his older child, Calista, reported for her first day of primary school this year. “(I was) really nervous (…), it felt like the parents who brought their children to school on the first day were going to jail to see (their children) become prisoners. Everyone was worriedly asking where their child was but it was only natural not to be able to find them since everyone’s uniform is the same.”

“I felt very lost when I saw her going into primary school (because) it was like she already became an adult. During her kindergarten days, I used to send her to school as well and she would say, ‘Papa, don’t go! I want you (sic)’, but now she asks me to stop the car even before arriving, saying ‘Papa, you can go already! (sic)’ and she doesn’t even look at me when she says ‘I love you’.”

Mark Lee cannot bear to see his daughter enter primary school
Mark Lee cannot bear to see his daughter enter primary school
11 Mar 2015

Mark Lee cannot bear to see his daughter enter primary school

Despite the bittersweet reality, Mark still sends Calista to school every day, with his wife picking her up after school. “There was once I picked her up after school and a lot of the other kids pointed at me saying that they’ve seen me on television – I find that this isn’t good for children.”

He further revealed that he brought Calista to the filming location in Ipoh while filming was still going on, sparking an interest in the little girl who has insisted on watching Mahjong King. “She still remembers Uncle To,” he added with a chuckle, causing the nearby Chapman to chime in with a guffaw, “In that case, I’ll give her a DVD of Naked Ambition 2 (an X-rated movie he starred in).”

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
11 Mar 2015

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
11 Mar 2015

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
11 Mar 2015

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
11 Mar 2015

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
11 Mar 2015

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China
11 Mar 2015

The Hong Kong movie star is not bothered about being boycotted in China

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