Love at first sight

Alex Fong ex­pe­ri­ences many firsts while shoot­ing All My God­dess.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By SETO KIT YAN en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

AF­TER mak­ing more than three dozen movies, Alex Fong Lik Sun was sur­prised that he still got to ex­pe­ri­ence so many firsts with his lat­est movie All My God­dess.

“It’s my first film shoot in Malaysia, my first time in Pe­nang, first time working with di­rec­tor Clifton Ko, first time paired with An­nie Liu, and our first scene was a kiss­ing scene!” says the ac­tor at a re­cent in­ter­view in Kuala Lumpur.

But the most un­usual thing he had to do for his role in this movie, Fong says, was danc­ing. “The thing is – I don’t dance. So, I’m danc­ing for the first time. In the past, I wouldn’t have dared to at­tempt any­thing new. But, now I’ve forced my­self to be brave and try it out,” he shares.

He adds that it is very dif­fer­ent from singing on stage, where he has to per­form for three to four min­utes while all eyes are on him. For movies, they can try out dif­fer­ent ap­proaches and edit the footage.

“When the di­rec­tor sug­gested that I do some danc­ing for the movie, I de­cided to go for it. I have a tango se­quence with An­nie Liu which was ab­so­lutely non­sen­si­cal. It was fun to shoot and we had a pair of dance teach­ers come and coach us for those scenes,” laughed Fong.

All My God­dess is di­rected by Hong Kong di­rec­tor Clifton Ko (All’s Well Ends Well, I Have A Date With Spring), who adapted the script from a pop­u­lar Hong Kong mu­si­cal. The ro­man­tic com­edy re­volves around four girl­friends try­ing to de­cide who should be walk­ing down the aisle while they deal with their re­spec­tive love in­ter­ests.

In the movie, the 37-year-old Fong plays a TV di­rec­tor who ex­pe­ri­ences “love at first sight” when he falls for the girl played by Tai­wanese-Cana­dian ac­tress Liu.

“He feels drawn to the girl the mo­ment he sets eyes on her. So he boldly makes his move by giv­ing her a kiss. If you did that in real life, you’d prob­a­bly get dragged to the po­lice sta­tion. In the movie, she re­acts by giv­ing him a slap.

“Since they have to spend the fol­low­ing two nights and three days to­gether to com­plete the shoot, he makes use of that time to pur­sue her,” he adds.

Fong says that in re­al­ity, he could not pos­si­bly do that in such a short time.

“It would not be prac­ti­cal for me to fall for some­one based only on their out­ward ap­pear­ance, since the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try is full of good-look­ing women and men. I pre­fer to take my time get­ting to know a per­son well enough be­fore mov­ing on to a more in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship,” he says.

A for­mer na­tional swim­mer who still holds Hong Kong’s na­tional record for the 200m back­stroke, Fong used to be known by the nick­name Lit­tle Fly­ing Fish.

Hav­ing been ac­tive in the en­ter­tain­ment scene since 2001, he is used to be­ing in the pub­lic eye, but prefers a more down-to-earth out­look in his love life.

“I like my part­ner to be a plain per­son who is eas­ily con­tented with the sim­ple plea­sures of life. Some­one who can cheer­ily forgo makeup and just throw on a cap and quickly slip out for an im­promptu date. Some­one who will be glad to dine any­where with me, and be just as happy re­gard­less of what we are eat­ing, whether it is a sim­ple bowl of noo­dles or fried rice,” says the hand­some swim­mer-turned-en­ter­tainer.

Ninety per cent of All My God­dess was filmed in Pe­nang and Fong spent six days film­ing for the first time in Malaysia.

“It was a very happy time for me. I have many good friends in Hong Kong who are Malaysians, so I feel very much at home in Malaysia.

“When I was a kid, I used to come to Malaysia for swim­ming com­pe­ti­tions. Film­ing here for the very first time was a very fresh ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Fong, who will next be working on two more movies, one in Hong Kong and the other in China.

— Photo: Hand­out.

All My God­dess is the first time Fong is film­ing in Malaysia.

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