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Publication Date : 24-01-2013
The acclaimed HK actor found his role in 'The Grandmaster' very challenging because he had never done gongfu before
Acclaimed dramatic actor Tony Leung really can fight, says auteur film-maker Wong Kar Wai.
Leung, widely acknowledged as one of Hong Kong's most accomplished thespians, stars as martial arts expert Ip Man in Wong's latest movie The Grandmaster, which opens in cinemas here next Thursday.
Speaking to local press at the Artscience Museum at Marina Bay Sands yesterday, Wong, 54, said in Mandarin: "A lot of people will want to know - can Tony really fight? I can say that he has done it and has even exceeded all my expectations for the role."
Leung, 50, said humbly that the role was "indeed very challenging physically", because he had never done gongfu before. While training for the part, he suffered injuries, including a broken arm.
The Grandmaster is the seventh collaboration between the director and actor. Among the most famous works they had worked on together are In The Mood For Love (2000) and 2046 (2004).
Leung also refuted reports saying that he was unhappy with Wong cutting out a lot of his scenes in the final version of the film.
He said: "The movie is the director's work. What he wants to include in it is his choice. I don't regret that the scenes were cut because I have played those scenes and experienced them already as an actor. Perhaps the audience would feel more regret, however, because they would not be able to watch them."