What’s cookin’?

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES -

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.”

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