Xu Bin films first overseas drama in Thailand

‘I hope for the chance to expand beyond Singapore,’ actor says

Photos: NoonTalk Media
Photos: NoonTalk Media
03 Mar 2016

Photos: NoonTalk Media

Actor and one-eighth of the Dukes Xu Bin, 27, headed to Thailand last month to make his first appearance in a non-Singaporean production since his acting debut in 2012.

The NoonTalk Media artiste shot scenes for two episodes of Thai drama series Love Song Love Story, an anthology based on the Thai song ‘Resign.’

To accommodate his filming schedule, his involvement had to be fit into four days, which meant that shoots started at 4 a.m. and ended at 11 p.m.

But despite the arduous hours, Xu Bin said he valued the opportunity to head overseas.

“I hope for the chance to expand beyond Singapore, as it’s a good development for me,” he said.

“I watched some of the playback and I thought I looked quite like a Thai person!”

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First attempt
First attempt
03 Mar 2016

First attempt

In Love Song Love Story, Xu Bin plays a Singaporean working in Thailand who discovers his girlfriend is seeing his boss on the sly. Every day he wakes up at his desk at 4:44 p.m. from the same dream, but each time more details are revealed to him.

The actor spent about three weeks learning the language before he headed to Bangkok, and the original plan was to have him speak his lines in Thai. But with his pronunciation not quite up to scratch, he spoke Mandarin during filming and his parts will be dubbed in Thai for broadcast.

But Xu Bin said he’ll keep up with his Thai lessons to prepare himself if a similar opportunity came by again.

He’s been busy filming a web series under NoonTalk Media after wrapping Channel 8 drama The Queen under Wawa Pictures.

For Love Song Love Story, he starred alongside Thai actors Noom Attaporn Teemakorn and Namtarn Pichukkana Wongsarattanasin. The latter plays Xu Bin’s love interest, but they didn’t share any intensely intimate scenes, Xu Bin said.

“There was one scene in which I was wrapped in gauze bandages and the female lead planted a kiss on my face,” he said. “Does that count as an intimate scene?”

The first and second episodes of Love Song Love Story will air on March 3 and 10 at 8 p.m. local time on channel GMM25. The episodes will be available at 10 p.m. on the same nights on GMM25Thailand YouTube channel.

The Queen airs weeknights, 9 p.m. on Channel 8; watch it on Toggle-It-First. 
Catch Xu Bin in past episodes of 118 here  

This story is translated by Zara Zhuang.

Xu Bin acted in his first overseas production last month
Xu Bin acted in his first overseas production last month
03 Mar 2016

Xu Bin acted in his first overseas production last month

The actor headed to Bangkok with his manager
The actor headed to Bangkok with his manager
03 Mar 2016

The actor headed to Bangkok with his manager

Xu Bin studied Thai for about three weeks prior to filming
Xu Bin studied Thai for about three weeks prior to filming
03 Mar 2016

Xu Bin studied Thai for about three weeks prior to filming

He spoke Mandarin on set in the end, and his lines will be dubbed in Thai for broadcast
He spoke Mandarin on set in the end, and his lines will be dubbed in Thai for broadcast
03 Mar 2016

He spoke Mandarin on set in the end, and his lines will be dubbed in Thai for broadcast

The actor compressed his scenes into a four-day shoot
The actor compressed his scenes into a four-day shoot
03 Mar 2016

The actor compressed his scenes into a four-day shoot

"Perhaps productions costs are lower here, every outdoor shoot had 40–50 people involved!"
03 Mar 2016

"Perhaps productions costs are lower here, every outdoor shoot had 40–50 people involved!"

Xu Bin got the star treatment in Bangkok: his own trailer
Xu Bin got the star treatment in Bangkok: his own trailer
03 Mar 2016

Xu Bin got the star treatment in Bangkok: his own trailer

But there weren't any major intimate scenes with his co-star Namtarn
But there weren't any major intimate scenes with his co-star Namtarn
03 Mar 2016

But there weren't any major intimate scenes with his co-star Namtarn

A peck on the face was as far as it got
A peck on the face was as far as it got
03 Mar 2016

A peck on the face was as far as it got

The cast and crew
The cast and crew
03 Mar 2016

The cast and crew

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