TAKING on the role of a demanding chef in Homecoming, Mark Lee says that he can relate to his onscreen persona, especially on being a perfectionist.
“I expect a lot from myself as an actor,” the Singaporean funnyman said. “I’ve done a lot of movies and I always ask myself, ‘ How can I express myself better?’ and ‘ How can I be a better actor?’ I’m always looking for a breakthrough in my acting.”
Part of the “breakthrough” for him this time round is his cool image change. Gone are his Ah Beng looks (well, almost) that audiences have grown so fond of, some of which are seen in his previous box-office hits including Ah Long Pte Ltd, Money No Enough, I Not Stupid and Where Got Ghost?.
“They’re trying to make me look more like a Korean star now,” Lee, 42, joked, referring to his hairstyle.
Wait, his new look is also enhanced by a pair of designer glasses. “I may not look as good as Lee Byung-hun, but I would like to think that I look as good as Rain,” the actor said in reference to the South Korean superstars.
An “OK cook” at home, the actor/director finds it challenging to master the art of cooking for his new movie. “My cooking is passable. But nobody dares to eat it,” he deadpanned.
But unlike his character – a fussy pot who has no problems controlling everyone except his daughter (“He thinks it’s enough to just give her money and not love”) – Lee gets his way easily when it comes to his own kid.
“My two-year-old daughter is just like me,” he laughed. “We always have a good time playing together. She only looks for her mummy when she wants milk.”