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Interview with Anthony Wong Chau San
Artistic values 1/1 - Page 2
Author(s) : Thomas Podvin
Date : 1/7/2005
Type(s) : Interview
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People :
Gordon Chan Kar Shan
John Woo
Movies :
Beast Cops
Ebola Syndrome
Hard Boiled
Infernal Affairs
The Mission
Ordinary Heroes
Princess D
Taxi Hunter
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HKCinemagic : Infernal Affairs is also inspired from Woo's Hard Boiled in which you also played a part. But I read in previous interviews you said you don't like it.
Anthony Wong : I don't like it. I don't think the director knows what acting is.
HKCinemagic : How was John Woo on the set?
A W : -“It's not right, it's not right”. And I said “what do you want me to do?”
-“I don't know, not right.”
-“what do you mean not right?”
-“I don't know, not the right choice, not the right one.”
Actually, he doesn't know what acting is. And he doesn't know how to express himself. Not very much!

Anthony Wong and Tony Leung Chiu-wai in Hard Boiled
HKCinemagic : Which movies are you the most proud of in terms of artistic value?
A W : Ordinary Heroes, Princess D, The Mission, Ebola Syndrome, Taxi Hunter.
HKCinemagic : The Mission has been released in France . In this movie you are very introvert, not very talkative.
A W : Actually, I am not a very talkative guy. So it was very easy. I know a friend of mine who just act like that guy. Just do it, that's the man. Don't talk to others, do it. It is a little bit similar with the character in Infernal Affairs . One is a policeman, one is a bad guy. And the haircut. The first time I got the script, I didn't have the vision [of the character] in my mind. I watch a movie, from America or from France . A taxi driver with a policeman. That guy got a haircut quite similar with mine.
HKCinemagic : Was it the Luc Besson-produced Taxi ?
A W : Yes, my haircut is like that guy [Samy Naceri]. Suddenly I got the haircut and all the image come out. And the sun glasses are from my mother. It's a very old fashion pair of glasses, an antic. So I put on the sun glasses and with the haircut the image came out.
HKCinemagic : In the movie you are also a hairdresser.
A W : It's very embarrassing, because when I was young, I tried to learn to be a hairdresser. And I had absolutely no talent for that. So I quit. [In the scene] when I picked up the comb and the scissors, I really didn't know how to do it.

The Mission
HKCinemagic : In Beast Cops you did a very good job. For long shots you managed to keep the viewer attention on. At these moments was it all written or did you improvise?
A W : The director [Gordon Chan] gave me some hints. But actually I did some improvisations. Not much. Sometimes I improvised. [Usually] I improvise a lot, because you know, it is very hard to get a complete script. So you have to make a choice, put something in, or cut out something.
HKCinemagic : Maybe you  follow your character…
A W : Anything, improvise the dialogue, the action. Or sometimes when you shot another actor.
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