Sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By ANGELIN YEOH en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

AARON Aziz achieved a new ca­reer mile­stone when he was cast as a vil­lain in his first Kol­ly­wood film Tik Tik Tik.

The 41-year-old Sin­ga­porean ac­tor, who starred in lo­cal hit films like KL Gang­ster and Om­bak Rindu, shared that he was ex­cited to be a part of the pro­duc­tion star­ring Tamil su­per­star Jayam Ravi.

“Oh wow, ev­ery­body on set was re­ally nice. The star him­self, Jayam, and di­rec­tor Shakti Soundar Rajan ac­tu­ally took the time to meet me when I ar­rived at the ho­tel. They were very hum­ble. I was touched,” he said dur­ing an in­ter­view in Kuala Lumpur. Aaron shot his scenes in Chen­nai, In­dia ear­lier this year.

He ad­mit­ted that he took some time to get used to be­ing on a set with hun­dreds of peo­ple.

“I was scared at first. I didn’t un­der­stand what was go­ing on. I can’t take pho­tos on set. The di­rec­tor was shout­ing. So, it did feel a bit chaotic. But once I got the hang of it, every­thing just went smoothly,” Aaron said.

For his part in the big-bud­get sci-fi movie, Aaron spoke in English. He also said that he got his own car­a­van on set.

One ex­pe­ri­ence he can’t for­get is when a wardrobe per­son of­fered to help him out. “He was reach­ing for my belt and I was like, ‘What are you do­ing?’ Then it turns out that he want- ed to zip my pants. I was em­bar­rassed and I told him I would do it my­self.”

How­ever, Aaron came on set bear­ing a ma­jor phys­i­cal set­back; he sus­tained a neck in­jury while film­ing Suamiku En­cik Per­fect 10 in 2013.

He said an X-ray showed that part of his neck is crooked and be­cause of that, he of­ten feels per­sis­tent pain on his right arm.

“I was in a lot of pain for ev­ery sin­gle day when I was set. I just brushed it off,” he said.

Aaron also re­fused to use a stunt­man for his scenes, much to the cha­grin of his wife-cum-man­ager Diyana Ha­lik.

“I know where my wife is com­ing from when she asked if peo­ple on set could go easy on me. But I don’t like that. I don’t want to work in a for­eign land, rep­re­sent­ing the Malay act­ing in­dus­try, only to show them I can’t do a lot of things. Then, I might as well go home,” Aaron said.

He shared that he has some mi­nor fight se­quences and re­lied on med­i­ca­tion to cope with the pain: “I don’t want them to feel that get­ting an ac­tor from the Malaysian in­dus­try is so trou­ble­some. I don’t want peo­ple to look down on us, you know?”

Tik Tik Tik is due for re­lease later this year.

Cur­rently, Aaron stars in Kau Yang Satu, a ro­man­tic drama star­ring Izara Aishah and Hisyam Hamid. The film di­rected by Os­man Ali opens in cine­mas na­tion­wide on July 27.

- SHAARI CHEMAT/ The Star

Watch out for Aaron in Tamil movie Tik Tik Tik.

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