Jack 'Ah Beng' Lim goes back in time, and uses the toilet

20 November 2012 / 3 years 11 months ago

Source: The Daily Chilli/AsiaOneMALAYSIA - How would a man from 6,000 years ago react if he saw a toilet bowl? Jack Lim discovers the wonder of flush toilet and more as an ancient ruler who accidentally travels to the current Kuala Lumpur in his latest star vehicle Once Upon A Time, due to hit the local cinemas next Chinese New Year.After his hilarious turns as Ah Beng the squeaky-voiced security guard in Woohoo! and Ah Beng The Movie: Three Wishes, the Malaysian funnyman is back to serve up more laughter. DC was recently offered a sneak peek at the first trailer of the film when the affable DJ-turned actor visited Menara Star with co-star and fellow DJ Gan Mei Yan.The time-travel premise allowed Jack, also the movie producer, more creative license when making the film."Our characters are from 6,000 years ago-that's even earlier than the beginning of China's 5,000-year civilization [laughs]! So we get to play around with a lot of things and avoid the stereotypes that come with ancient dynasties of China."Their latest roles are derived from their popular alter egos-an emperor and Yu Fa, his favourite palace maid-on their No. 1 radio show The Palace Story (Wong Gong Can Lan in Cantonese)."This is your chance to see our characters in The Palace Story come to life," said Jack.Mei Yan, who was the loud-mouthed, bespectacled and braces-wearing Ah Lian in Woohoo! and Ah Beng The Movie: Three Wishes, is glad to "look pretty for once"."I'm a maid in the palace, but thanks to the costume designers, I look as pretty as a princess!" she said with a laugh.Moreover, the two are seen displaying some martial arts skills in the trailer."All of us did our own stunts and some ended up with bruises," revealed Mei Yan.Also reprising their roles on the big screen are their co-hosts of The Palace Story, Jeff Chin and Vivian Tok, who play Lord Turtle and Eunuch Tok respectively. Be prepared to see a slew of familiar faces, as the film stars a total of 39 local celebrities, said Jack.The feel-good comedy is shot entirely in Malaysia-with the crew building a prehistoric set with a palace at the Ipoh limestone hills in Perak. It and costs around RM4mil to make.That's a lot more expensive than Ah Beng The Movie: Three Wishes, which cost RM3 mil.However, Jack is not worrying about the box office, considering how Ah Beng The Movie: Three Wishes became the bestselling local Chinese movie early this year for raking in RM7.6mil in ticket sales."We certainly hope to continue our winning streak and we are very confident. If you find Ah Beng The Movie: Three Wishes funny, this movie comes with even more laugh-out-loud moments. And we stick to our claim of making a movie that's entertaining for everyone aged between one and 100 years old," said Jack.Once Upon A Time will open in Malaysian cinemas on Feb 7, 2013.

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