Li Nanxing on helping car accident victim: “I’m no hero”

The actor spoke to us about his real-life experience with a car accident victim while on-set for upcoming drama My Teacher is a Thug

Li Nanxing on helping car accident victim: “I’m no hero”
Li Nanxing on helping car accident victim: “I’m no hero”
07 Jun 2017

Li Nanxing on helping car accident victim: “I’m no hero”

Video: Vina Chia

Li Nanxing previously declared that he will be taking on all his stunts for upcoming Channel 8 drama My Teacher Is A Thug himself, including those that happen during car accident and fight scenes.

Staying true to his word, he put his running shoes on for a scene filmed on June 6, where he saved Bonnie Loo, his reel-life fellow teacher, from a speeding car. Thankfully, he saves the day by managing to pull Bonnie to safety before any real damage is done.

Speaking to Toggle in between his scenes, Ah Ge shared that he has witnessed a car accident in real life, with a far less fairytale ending.

“A few years ago, I remember witnessing a car accident in broad daylight while I was driving in Singapore. I might have saved the person, but I think I was even more scared than he was after I did it,” he chuckled.

He explained, “The driver was in a small van and was trying to beat the red light. As he was making a turn, the other car suddenly appeared and both vehicles collided. The van’s windshield shattered and the driver was stuck inside. I got off my car – I don’t think I was the first one there; probably the second or the third. The other car looked unscathed except for the windshield, which also shattered.”

(Continued on next slide: What did Nanxing do to help the driver?)

What did Nanxing do to help the driver?
What did Nanxing do to help the driver?
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What did Nanxing do to help the driver?

“I quickly crawled into the car to help him out. The driver looked fine but after he came out, I saw a wound on his face in less than 30 seconds. A shard of glass was stuck in it and you could see the bones and the blood oozing out of the wound,” Nanxing continued. “He kept saying that he was fine but you could see that a chunk of flesh was missing. It’s real blood – not the fake blood that we usually see while we’re filming. Looking at the wound, I’d think that it would need at least 20 stitches.”

Thankfully, the driver was fine other than the large wound on his face, and was later sent to the hospital when the ambulance arrived.

Nanxing mused, “The funny thing is that he didn’t find it painful – perhaps he was in a state of shock so he kept saying that he was fine even as I asked him if he was alright. After you experience such a thing, it really gave me insight on how it’s supposed to be when we’re filming.”

When asked if he felt like a hero following his good deed, he chuckled, “No lah, I didn’t help much. It’s something that everyone would do.”

(Continued on next slide: Bonnie on her experience with car accidents)

Bonnie on her experience with car accidents
Bonnie on her experience with car accidents
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Bonnie on her experience with car accidents

Bonnie also had her fair share of experiences to share about car accidents. “There was once the car I was driving in went past a four-car collision. One of the cars in the middle bore the brunt of the impact as it was almost flattened. I saw some broken limbs and blood, so it was really quite scary,” she recounted.

She’s also seen other more gruesome incidents, but thankfully has never been involved in one. The hardest part of filming her near-accident for the show, however, wasn’t the action scenes – rather, it was what happened before that really tested her acting chops.

“My character discovered that her boyfriend was cheating on her, so she was really upset and had to be lost in thoughts and crying,” she explained. “Usually, if it’s a rainy day or during nighttime, you can muster up the emotions pretty easily and the tears will just flow.”

Unfortunately, the scene took place in broad daylight, on a scorching day where there were only a handful of fluffy clouds floating in the otherwise blue sky.

“Before the crucial scene, the director said that it would be alright for me to look tearful with the help of eye drops, but told me that I wouldn’t be able to do that once it was time to really cry it out,” Bonnie added.

After spending time mulling over on how she would feel if she were in her character’s shoes, she was finally able to summon her tears, which she joked “kept drying up in my eyes even before they could flow out because it’s so hot!”

Click on for more photos of behind-the-scenes shots of Nanxing and Bonnie.

Nanxing showing off the fake injury he sustained
Nanxing showing off the fake injury he sustained
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Nanxing showing off the fake injury he sustained

"If this was real, I wouldn't be smiling and be blowing on it furiously instead!" he chuckled.

Numerous takes throughout the morning were needed to get the shot from different angles
Numerous takes throughout the morning were needed to get the shot from different angles
07 Jun 2017

Numerous takes throughout the morning were needed to get the shot from different angles

Kudos to Nanxing and Bonnie for executing it time and again like the pros they are.

Nanxing helped Bonnie to apply medicated oil onto a bruise she sustained during filming
Nanxing helped Bonnie to apply medicated oil onto a bruise she sustained during filming
07 Jun 2017

Nanxing helped Bonnie to apply medicated oil onto a bruise she sustained during filming

Bonnie getting teary-eyed with the help of eye drops
Bonnie getting teary-eyed with the help of eye drops
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Bonnie getting teary-eyed with the help of eye drops

Bonnie getting into the mood before her crying scene
Bonnie getting into the mood before her crying scene
07 Jun 2017

Bonnie getting into the mood before her crying scene

It's no mean feat to get the picture-perfect shot for TV, as the cast and crew can tell you
It's no mean feat to get the picture-perfect shot for TV, as the cast and crew can tell you
07 Jun 2017

It's no mean feat to get the picture-perfect shot for TV, as the cast and crew can tell you

My Teacher is a Thug debuts August 28, 9pm on Channel 8.

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