WATCH out for Jack Neo as Karen Neo in Homecoming. “I am Aniu’s mum in the movie,” said the Singaporean star, who’s back after a sevenmonth hiatus following the revelation of his extramarital affairs in March.
“I was supposed to lose some weight for the role, but it’s too late now for that.”
However, Neo, whose upcoming movies also include The Ghost Bride, is quick to assure that he looks good as a fiftysomething auntie. “I couldn’t even recognise myself after they did my make-up. My make-up artist is amazing.”
No stranger to cross-dressing, the multi-talented Singaporean actor/director/playwright/producer is noted for his amusing, over-the-top portrayal of granny Liang Po Po and her younger self, Liang Ximei, in the hit TV show Comedy Night in the late 1990s.
“But I haven’t been doing films with Mark (Lee, his longtime collaborator) for a while,” the 50year-old related. “He used to be my son. But now it’s Aniu. I am excited about our new film because it brings the best of Malaysian and Singaporean talent that appeals to both countries.”
On Karen, Neo says he fell in love with her when he first read the script. “It’s a fun role. But above all, she makes me realise how important family is as a support system in our life,” adds Neo, whose wife has steadfastly stood behind him.
Saying that he always looks forward to going back to his mum’s place for the reunion dinner every Chinese New Year, the father of four said: “I will eat my mum’s cooking heartily, so much so that the food will last me till my next lunch.”