Fans of actor KaiKo, whowas recently detained by Beijing police for drug abuse, are relieved after his film company said scenes featuring him won’t be removed from the upcoming movie Tiny Times 4.
The film series directed by writerturnedGuo Jingming is based on his novel by the same name. The first three installments have grossed more than 1 billion yuan ($162.83 million).
Zhang Zhao, CEO of Le Vision Pictures, which produces the Tiny Times series, told local media that they have no plans to drop the actor and hope the movie will convey the right values. Tiny Times 4 is scheduled to premiere in December.
However, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Film, Radio and Television is rumored to have issued a notice requiring TV stations to remove any commercials featuring Ko, 23, of Taiwan. Several major channels, such as Zhejiang TV, have also reportedly decided not to have Ko as a guest anymore.
A total of 42 agencies for artists signed an anti-drug pact on Aug 13 in Beijing, promising “not to invite drugabusing artists to attend any events”. The pledge was made after several such cases involving celebrities surfaced in the media.
The Ko scandal is likely to affect the box- office earnings of at least two other major films: the Taiwanese romance production A-Choo, which is scheduled to premiere on theChinese mainland in October, and Monster Hunt, a highly anticipated 3-D fantasy that combines animation and real actors. Ko plays the lead in both films.
The police detained Ko earlier this month after he was found smoking marijuana in an apartment owned by Jaycee Chan, 32, son of kung fu star Jackie Chan. Jaycee Chan was also detained.
Chan’s appearance in director Chen Kaige’s martial-art-movie Taoist Mountain, which is scheduled for release at the end of the year, is also in question.