WAK DOYOK BIT­TEN BY ACT­ING BUG

The sil­ver screen new­bie has im­pressed film di­rec­tor Syafiq Yu­sof so much that the lat­ter has promised the for­mer the lead role in his next movie, writes BIBI NURSHUHADA RAMLI

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

FASH­ION per­son­al­ity and tele­vi­sion host Wak Doyok makes his act­ing de­but in Syafiq Yu­sof’s ac­tion com­edy Abang Long Fadil 2, out in cin­e­mas on Aug 24.

He left such a strong im­pres­sion that the di­rec­tor promised to cast him in the lead role in his next film.

“I have an idea of what kind of role will suit him best, but at the mo­ment, we’re still in dis­cus­sions,” said Syafiq, 24, at the screen­ing of Abang Long Fadil 2 at GSC Pav­il­ion KL re­cently.

The young film­maker only had good things to say about the new­comer’s per­for­mance.

“He is the type who just doesn’t know how to give up. At one time, we were filming till 3am and his en­thu­si­asm never di­min­ished.

“Usu­ally, you can de­tect tired­ness in many ac­tors when filming takes long hours, but not Wak Doyok. He never com­plained, not even once.”

Wak Doyok, 36, said he found act­ing in Abang Long Fadil 2 chal­leng­ing.

I don’t mind chang­ing my im­age, if my role re­quires me to. I wel­come all sorts of char­ac­ters, even that of a grave dig­ger.

“But now that I’ve watched the fi­nal prod­uct, I re­alised that I could act well,” said the en­tre­pre­neur, laugh­ing.

“I’ve caught the act­ing bug, and I can’t wait to ap­pear in more films.”

In Abang Long Fadil 2, Wak Doyok plays mafia Taji Sam­prit’s evil and ar­ro­gant son, also named Wak Doyok.

Wak Doyok had re­quested that Syafiq in­cor­po­rate the for­mer’s suave fash­ion sense into the char­ac­ter, as he thought it would suit the char­ac­ter well.

“I don’t mind chang­ing my im­age, if my role re­quires me to. I wel­come all sorts of char­ac­ters, even that of a grave dig­ger.

“If the sto­ry­line is great, I want (to be) in it.”

Pre­vi­ously, Wak Doyok hosted TV9’s trav­el­ogue Ke Korea Ke Kita and its two fol­low­ing sea­sons. He di­rected the short film Kayuh for the Ikal Mayang Fes­ti­val 2015.

“I re­ceived many act­ing of­fers be­fore this, but back then, I wasn’t ready. I fi­nally de­cided to do it when Syafiq of­fered me this role. It felt right,”

But, fash­ion re­mains Wak Doyok’s pri­or­ity. “Act­ing is to fill up my free time.”

He sat on the judg­ing panel of the In­done­sian hairstyling re­al­ity show The Cut.

Due to the pop­u­lar­ity of the show, he built a huge fol­low­ing over there.

When fans found out that he was part of the Abang Long Fadil 2 cast, they wanted to have the film screened in the repub­lic.

Syafiq said: “We will have to see how it fares in Malaysia first. In­done­sian distrib­u­tors usu­ally gauge Malaysian films’ per­for­mance here first be­fore de­cid­ing to bring it over or not.”

He added that the film would need to go through a dub­bing process to suit In­done­sian au­di­ences.

Wak Doyok found act­ing in ‘Abang Long Fadil 2’ chal­leng­ing but is pleased with his per­for­mance af­ter watch­ing the movie.

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