TAKING A LEUNG SHOT AT BEING A WARRIOR
At first glance, Melbourne comic Lawrence Leung may not strike you as a natural-born ninja. And you’d be right.
Padded up for his role in ABC2’s hilarious new “kung-fu comedy,” Maximum Choppage, the 37-year-old admits to an affinity with his character, Simon Chan – who is mistaken as a martial arts warrior when “really he went to Marshall arts college and is a full-time coward.”
Growing up on a steady diet of kung fu films, courtesy of his Hong Kong-born parents, the Box Hill funnyman credits a childhood spent being his big brother’s wrestling partner as the only preparation he had for the role.
“If there’s one thing I know how to do
it’s lose a fight”
Those hours spent being pinned down by his overly flatulent sibling apparently served him well. The show’s stunt choreographer, Truong, was surprised by Leung’s ability to move about and cower convincingly.
“If there’s one thing I know how to do it’s lose a fight,” Leung says. “I know how to be a victim and I can play that very well.”
Leung recognised himself in Chan, who would rather go through with the charade that he’s a karate king, charged with defending Cabramatta from gangs, than disappoint his Asian mother “who believes him to be a great warrior much like his father.”
While Leung’s parents thought their young son was “just at university studying arts/science, to be a psychologist, I was actually moonlighting (doing stand up) at pubs and clubs at night.”
LAWRENCE LEUNG HAS WHAT I T TAKES
MAXIMUM CHOPPAGE, ABC2, TUESDAY, 9PM