TVB anniversary drama The Learning Curve of a Warlord <大帥哥> held its first blessing ceremony on Friday. The drama, a war drama starring Dicky Cheung (張衛健) in his first TVB drama in 20 years, has officially started principal photography.
Warlord also stars Sisley Choi (蔡思貝), Tony Hung (洪永城), Raymond Cho (曹永廉), Tsui Wing (徐榮), Oscar Li (李嘉), Zoie Tam (譚凱琪), and Vivien Yeo (楊秀惠).
Dicky has described his return to TVB as “nostalgic”, and that he has come across many old friends. It’s been over two decades since Dicky last starred in a TVB drama; his last work was 1996’s Journey to the West <西遊記>.
“Came across many old friends,” said Dicky. “They all say I haven’t changed much, but you guys are wrong! I’ve become much more complicated. Not as simple as before.”
The 52-year-old actor said he misses the atmosphere at TVB. Though his years at TVB had been some of the most difficult in his life, it was also his happiest. “It’s true that I didn’t earn much money then. My salary all went to rent or to my brother’s tuition, but I was very happy, because I was simple-minded.”
He admitted that working in the mainland is stressful, as he has to worry about box office and language barriers. “That’s why I’m really enjoying this process. I enjoy acting in Cantonese.”
Sisley Choi Says Tony Hung Has s “Strong Reproductive Capacity”
In Warlord, Sisley Choi plays a revolutionary, one of Dicky’s three wives, while Tony plays one of Dicky’s warlord companions. For his character, Tony had to shave off a slit from his eyebrow.
“My family elders didn’t like the look,” confessed Tony. “Because shaving eyebrows are unlucky. But some of it is growing back already!”
Sisley, confusing her Chinese vocabulary, blurted out that it’s because Tony has “strong reproductive capacity.” Realizing what she had said, Sisley covered her face and laughed with embarrassment.
Tony then asked, “You mean hair growth, right? Or I have good metabolism?”
Sisley said, “Yes! I wanted to say good metabolism!”
Vivien Yeo Gains Weight
Vivien Yeo plays an entertainer in the show, also as one of Dicky’s wives. For a more voluptuous body, Vivien has to work out and gain weight for her role.
“I went from 49 kg (108 lbs) to 50.6 kg (111 lbs),” said Vivien. “I’ve been eating four to five meals every day, and eating cheese upon cheese. But I need to push up all the weight that I’ve gained from my bottom to the top!”