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Interview with Derek Yee
On Leslie Cheung 1/1 - Page 6
Author(s) : Thomas Podvin
Arnaud Lanuque
Date : 6/1/2005
Type(s) : Interview
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People :
Stephen Chow Sing Chi
Karen Mok Man Wai
Shu Qi
Movies :
Erotic Dreams Of Red Chamber
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HKCinemagic : What was the input from Leslie to work on his character?
Derek Yee : On this role, I didn't have to spend a lot of time with him to discuss or to argue about this role. Because we shared the same feelings, so it went very smoothly. I'd like to emphasize that Leslie had a rough time at the beginning of his career, in the 70's. So I felt that in this movie Leslie borrowed from his past experience [Leslie first movie was an equivalent to nowadays categorie 3 rated movie, The Red Chamber]. He did share that kind of struggle with the movie industry. In this movie Leslie knew very well how to deal with actresses, Shu Qi and Karen Mok. Because Shu Qi has done a lot of porn movie before. Somehow, Leslie managed to get their trust and confidence. They felt very at ease with him. Leslie at that point had already come out about his sexual inclination. That was another reason why some actresses would feel comfortable doing such scenes with him.

Stephen Chow was originally cast for Leslie's role. He was quite interested and there were some discussions between him and me for a couple of month. But eventually, it didn't work out because we had different views on this particular movie.



HKCinemagic : You said that Leslie had good communication with other actors, do you think he could have been a good film director?
Derek Yee : Leslie planned to direct some movies but this wish didn't materialize unfortunately. From my observation, because he can communicate very well with actors, he would know how to direct actors to do a good performance on screen. It is something very important for the audience because they pay to watch a movie, to look at actors on screen.
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