In an acting career spanning four decades, Damian Lau Chung Yan has played swashbuckling heroes, kindly fathers and scheming villains.
However, the versatile veteran does not think that he has the gravitas to play former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew if the chance came up, reports The Straits Times.
On the telephone from Hong Kong, the 64-year- old actor says: "I don't have that aura. That imposing manner of his is not something you can just act out. That's very difficult."
The topic comes up when, asked about his impressions of Singapore, Lau praises the country as a great place and adds that Mr Lee is his idol.
He says: "Mr Lee is very capable and he's given a lot. The contributions of the older generation of politicians cannot be denied."
Lau, who has been performing in Singapore since the 1970s, calls the changes it has undergone a "miracle".
He will be here again on May 10 for a Mother's Day concert along with other Hong Kong artists, including Nancy Sit and Eric Tsang.