En­ter the dragon

Hong Kong star An­thony Wong on his first English-speak­ing role in White Dragon.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By YIP WAI YEE

HONG Kong ac­tor An­thony Wong is one of the big­gest names in the busi­ness, but he may be known as some­thing else en­tirely in the next few months.

The 57-year-old says he will likely go by his fa­ther’s sur­name of Perry very soon.

“There’ve been some changes in my life re­cently that made me think it’s time I do this,” he says in Man­darin.

“The next time you talk to me, you’ll have to call me Mr Perry.”

One rea­son is that he re­united with his half-broth­ers from his fa­ther’s side ear­lier this year – a heart­warm­ing story that made head­lines around the world.

Wong, who was only four when his British fa­ther aban­doned him and his Hong Kong Chi­nese mother, had felt lost as a child not know­ing much about his pa­ter­nal side, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Ex­ten­sive re­search led him to the dis­cov­ery that he has a pair of older twin broth­ers named David and John Perry. The three sib­lings met for the first time in Hong Kong in March.

“I’m still in touch with them reg­u­larly and we’re bond­ing. They sug­gested I get a British pass­port and change my fam­ily name. I think it’s a good idea. Tech­ni­cally, Wong was never my real name,” he says.

Wong is his mother’s sur­name. She died late last month of kid­ney fail­ure.

He says: “I might even move away from Hong Kong soon. I had to live and work in Hong Kong be­cause I wanted to take care of my mother.

“But now that she has died, I don’t have to. It de­pends on what op­por­tu­ni­ties I get.”

Per­haps, more op­por­tu­ni­ties to work abroad will come up now that he has, for the first time, a star­ring role in a British tele­vi­sion drama.

In White Dragon, he plays David Chen, a Hong Kong-based cop who finds out that his British wife has a se­cret sec­ond mar­riage in Eng­land.

This is Wong’s first English­s­peak­ing role. “I was very sur­prised when I heard I got the role. My English is not the best. I felt a lit­tle pres­sured to get the pro­nun­ci­a­tion right.

“The lan­guage was def­i­nitely the big­gest chal­lenge for me. But do­ing this show was quite re­lax­ing be­cause there is a lot of time in be­tween film­ing, not like in a Hong Kong drama,” he says.

The fact that his co-stars speak pretty ter­ri­ble Can­tonese does not bother him.

“Many of the Chi­nese faces on the show are not from Hong Kong – they are British. Even for the parts where I speak Can­tonese, I could have made up the lines and no one would have known,” he adds. “I don’t re­ally mind. The show was made pri­mar­ily for the British mar­ket any­way. I just try to do my own part well.” – The Straits Times/Asia News Net­work

White Dragon airs ever Thurs­day at 9pm on Fox HD (Astro Ch 724/unifi TV Ch 453).

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