Rebecca Lim, Andie Chen brave fears and injury for action scenes

The Lead sees the actors give their all as they attempt fighting scenes and stunts for the first time

Andie Chen as Dongfang Bubai
Andie Chen as Dongfang Bubai
08 Dec 2016

Andie Chen as Dongfang Bubai

Photos: Elis Ching

Dressed in layers after layers of clothes to play heroic swordsmen, Dongfang Bubai and Linghu Chong from Channel 8’s 2000 drama The Legendary Swordsman, Andie Chen and Terence Cao braved the sweltering afternoon heat to film a sword-fighting scene for upcoming Channel 8 drama, The Lead.

The Lead will see Andie as De Ping, a young aspiring actor who was sabotaged by Terence Cao’s character, Guo Li Wei, on the set of The Legendary Swordsman. De Ping wound up working as a taxi driver after a failed showbiz career, but managed to prove his worth and made a comeback to the entertainment scene.

“It’s too hot in Singapore to shoot a period drama!” the actor lamented.

Although it might sound like the actor was complaining, he was in fact braving a rather serious back injury to take part in the fight scene against Terence Cao, which required them to perform stunts with a sword. 

Andie shared during an interview with Toggle that the fight scene proved to be a challenge for him as he had sustained a back injury while shooting upcoming action movie, Diamond Dogs.

“It feels torturous to even be standing,” he shared, but to avoid delaying the production schedule, the dedicated actor ignored the doctor’s advice to rest his back and continued to participate in the fight scenes.

To make matters worse, Andie was diving into the fight scenes head first, because both he and Terence had no prior lessons or trainings on swordplay techniques.

“I coupled my past martial arts skills and what’s left of my dancing skills, I hope my performance is acceptable”, the actor mused.

Unfortunately, Andie eventually aggravated his back injury during a scene where Terence hit him with the sword accidentally because Andie did not position himself correctly.

Despite the pain he was in, the 31-year-old laughed it off and joked, “I have never played with swords in my entire life, so after today, I finally know how it feels like to be a heroic swordsman!”

(Continued on next page: Andie thinks playing a eunuch is…?)

Andie Chen as Dongfang Bubai
Andie Chen as Dongfang Bubai
08 Dec 2016

Andie Chen as Dongfang Bubai

As De Ping, Andie will be playing Dongfang Bubai, a swordsman that decided to be castrated to focus on martial arts in the original novel.

When asked if he felt uncomfortable acting as the eunuch, who is normally portrayed behaving in a feminine manner or played by a female actress in other adapted versions of the drama, the actor answered without hesitation, “What’s the big deal about playing a eunuch? I love it, it’s so fun!”

He even showed off his non-rehearsed variations of feminine poses during photo-taking and told us, “I’m willing to do anything (in a drama) as long as it will be allowed to be shown on television.”

Andie also let in that filming for The Lead has been rather hectic, with 12-hour shoot days, leaving him with little to no time for ample rest or sufficient rehearsals for fight scenes.

Despite the difficulties that came along with filming a period drama scene, the actor has a newfound appreciation for actors playing swordsmen as he had learned through the experience that an elaborate fight scene would take up to days to film.

Although filming a period drama is taxing due to the weather and the long hours spent on make-up and hair, the father-of-two expressed his willingness to take up the challenge of acting in one, albeit “probably overseas, during a cooler season!” 

(Continued on next page: Is Rebecca Lim a ‘scaredy cat’?”)

Rebecca Lim wires up for stunts for the first time
Rebecca Lim wires up for stunts for the first time
08 Dec 2016

Rebecca Lim wires up for stunts for the first time

It seems that Andie Chen and Rebecca Lim have both ventured out of their comfort zones for The Lead, as Rebecca, who plays a stuntwoman, got wired up and hung in the air for the very first time to perform a series of wushu actions and poses. She plays Ah Zhen, a stuntman’s daughter who dreams of becoming an actress but ended up following in her father’s (played by Chen Han Wei) footsteps to work behind-the-scenes.

An Insta-Story video posted by Han Wei showed her screaming her lungs out when she first got pulled up by the wires, but she explained, “It was Ah Zhen’s first time getting wired up too, so she was supposed to look scared so I screamed”.

The actress also shared that she slowly got used to it and stopped feeling scared whenever she was lifted up by the wires, although it was a scary thought that “my life was hanging by the two wires and there were no mattresses to cushion my fall if I were to drop down”.

The self-admitted ‘scaredy cat’ said, “I’m totally not an adrenaline junkie, I normally sit out of rollercoasters and just wait for my friends at a café when we go to the theme park”.

Despite her fears, the 30-year-old mustered all her courage and managed to execute the required actions for the scenes without any prior training and preparations except some light stretching.

However, the perfectionist felt that her performance was subpar and had room for improvement. “I want to attempt such actions again if I have some time to train up my physique before it, I actually enjoyed it as a whole”.

“It’s always a good opportunity for actors to hone their various skills and learn more things to improve ourselves,” she added.

(Continued on next page: What is Terence Cao planning for his 50th birthday?)

Terence Cao on turning 50
Terence Cao on turning 50
08 Dec 2016

Terence Cao on turning 50

Terence Cao is turning 50 next year but barely looks like it! He said during an interview with Toggle that he will simply be “eating, drinking and making merry” for his birthday celebration, nothing too extravagant. 

The actor was also glad for the opportunity to reenact a scene from a period drama that he used to enjoy watching. He is hopeful that Singapore would start to produce period dramas again as “period dramas are quality shows, and it will definitely be an eye-opener for the audience”.

Chung-Kun Huang as Ma Xing Hai, head of Chinese Drama department
Chung-Kun Huang as Ma Xing Hai, head of Chinese Drama department
08 Dec 2016

Chung-Kun Huang as Ma Xing Hai, head of Chinese Drama department

Rebecca Lim wires up for stunt
Rebecca Lim wires up for stunt
08 Dec 2016

Rebecca Lim wires up for stunt

Terence Cao, Chung-Kun Huang and Andie Chen
Terence Cao, Chung-Kun Huang and Andie Chen
08 Dec 2016

Terence Cao, Chung-Kun Huang and Andie Chen

Andie Chen getting his outfit adjusted before filming commenced
Andie Chen getting his outfit adjusted before filming commenced
08 Dec 2016

Andie Chen getting his outfit adjusted before filming commenced

Terence Cao, Andie Chen
Terence Cao, Andie Chen
08 Dec 2016

Terence Cao, Andie Chen

Terence Cao, Andie Chen
Terence Cao, Andie Chen
08 Dec 2016

Terence Cao, Andie Chen

Terence Cao, Andie Chen
Terence Cao, Andie Chen
08 Dec 2016

Terence Cao, Andie Chen

Chung-Kun Huang strangles Andie Chen for a scene
Chung-Kun Huang strangles Andie Chen for a scene
08 Dec 2016

Chung-Kun Huang strangles Andie Chen for a scene

Terence Cao, Andie Chen
Terence Cao, Andie Chen
08 Dec 2016

Terence Cao, Andie Chen

The Lead premieres May 22, 9pm on Channel 8.

Watch: Terence Cao injured Andie Chen while filming a martial arts scene

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