Yip Wai Yee
The Straits Times
Monday, August 18, 2014
Taiwanese-Canadian actor Mark Chao rejected at least 30 movie scripts over the past year, he said.
"My manager's starting to get upset with me. He's like, 'Hey, why don't you make some money?'" he told Life! with a laugh at a sit-down interview.
"I'm very picky. Maybe the script was for a role that I'd done before, or it was one that I could sort of see where it was going, so there would be no surprise element.
"I want to be responsible to my fans. I want them to say, 'Oh, Mark's in a movie. Do we know what it's about? No, but it's going to be good, because he's in it'."
The 29-year-old hunk was in town to grace an event organised by luxury brand Montblanc to celebrate the 90th anniversary of its Meisterstuck fountain pens.
After several back-to-back interview sessions, he was looking a little tired by the time Life! caught up with him, but the professional remained friendly and charming throughout.
Unlike most celebrities, he was also open about his personal life, even when questions veered towards China actress Gao Yuanyuan, 34.
They registered their marriage in June. Gushing, he rattled off a string of adjectives to describe his wife.
"She's beautiful, kind, mature and gracious. We're often on the same wavelength in the way we think, and there is a lot of communication between us."
He added that married life is not much different from being single - at least for now.
"We haven't even seen each other for about a month since we got married, because we've both been so busy with work. So we haven't really settled down to live together yet to see what married life is like."
He was coy only about the date of their wedding banquet. "Things are still in discussion but we'll let you know the date when the time comes."
Chao shot to fame in 2009 riding on his debut in the hit TV action drama Black & White, where he played a no-nonsense cop named Hero.
The role earned him the Best Actor prize at the Golden Bell Awards, Taiwan's equivalent of the Emmys. He soon went on to become an A-lister in the movies, starring in popular films such as Taiwanese gangster film Monga (2010) - for which he won the Asian Film Award for Best New Actor - and ensemble romantic comedy Love (2012), as well as Vicki Zhao Wei's hit directorial debut So Young (2013).
In 2012, he reprised his popular Black & White character in the movie spin-off of the show, Black & White: The Dawn Of Assault. Now, he scores a hat- trick in the sequel Black & White: The Dawn Of Justice, slated for release in October. Slipping back into the same role for a third time was clearly a breeze, as he said:
"Everything about it just feels like home. It's good to be back as Hero, but I hope audiences will see that my character has changed and grown as well. I would not have done the role if it didn't offer something new."
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