Actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai and director Wong Kar-wai earlier promotedÂ ‘The Grandmaster’Â in Singapore. Reportedly actress Song Hye-kyo was upset at being left with only one line and was absent from the promotion for the film,Â Leung expressed sympathy and even asked Wong Kar-wai to treat actors kindly!
Tony Leung and Wong Kar-wai arrived in Singapore with a crew of ten, including Leung’s private security andÂ security guardsÂ hired by theÂ film’s productionÂ company. During the interview, Leung explained that actors who work with Wong Kar-wai are never certain about their characters. Leung said, “When I made his movies before, I never had a time that I was as certain as this time. I only knew what I was playing. Theirs (other actors’ roles) I didn’t know about. I hope the director would one day ‘treat them kindly’!” Speaking of Song Hye-kyo only having one line in the film,Â Leung “sympathized”. Wong Kar-wai said, “Not every actor is as mature as Tony!” However he also denied that Song Hye-kyo was upset.
Leung dismissed rumors of tensions and unhappiness with his director over having some of his scenes from the movie cut. â€œI donâ€™t harbor any unhappiness or ill feelings toward Wong because I respect and understand his decision,â€ Leung said in response to a question. â€œThe decision is entirely up to him to decide how his story should be told.â€
‘The Grandmaster,’Â is Leungâ€™s seventh collaboration with Wong and recounts the life story of Chinese martial arts legend Ip Man, famous for having trained Bruce Lee. â€œI wanted to see a different Tony for this movie and I believe that â€˜The Grandmasterâ€™ has proven to be a new challenge for him both physically and emotionally with the amount of time taken to film it,â€ Wong said in support of Leung. â€œIt is a new way of showcasing the character of Ip Man so it was physically challenging for Tony to undergo training for so many years just to prepare for the role.â€
Wong Kar-wai’s movie is full of mystery, but actually he is very mysterious himself. Because he has not removed his sunglasses for years, reporters joked if ‘The Grandmaster’ was a hit would he celebrate by taking off his sunglasses? He made a rare joke and said that he only had one pair of sunglasses and was very faithful. The tender look behind the sunglasses would only be saved for his wife.