Saturday, April 30, 2011
Earlier, it was exposed that Joel Chan San Chung met with rumored girlfriend, Florinda Ho, in Great Britain. Apparently, Joel and Florinda’s love relationship was progressing well. However, Joel’s TVB career may be unsteady. According to reliable sources, Joel was too immersed in dating and did not want to work, resulting in filming delays toReturn to the Three Kingdoms <回到三國>. TVB decided to replace Joel’s role in the series with Pierre Ngo Ka Nin instead. Another rumor circulated that Joel withdrew from the filming of Return to the Three Kingdoms because his elder brother had an accident in China.
Allegedly, Joel cold-heartedly divorced his ex-wife, Ponny Yeung, in order to pursue casino tycoon, Stanley Ho’s daughter, Florinda. The negative rumors caused Joel’s image to plummet in recent months. At the dinner for My Cruel Lover <我的如意狼君> held on April 11th, Producer Lee Tim Sing revealed that Joel bought an airplane ticket valued over $10,000 (HKD) to leave Hong Kong. Allegedly, Florinda’s mother, Chan Yuen Chun (Stanley Ho’s third wife) did not approve of Joel and Florinda’s relationship. As a result, Joel took a last-minute 11-day vacation from TVB so he can meet Florinda in Great Britain.
Provoking TVB Executive Management
Busily dating, Joel’s focus strayed away from work. On April 3rd, Joel claimed to have fallen ill and did not appear at the promotional event for Relics of an Emissary <洪武三十二>. On April 16th, Joel was again absent from the promotional event since he was away from Hong Kong. Since Joel plays a supporting role in Relics of an Emissary, his continual absence at promotional events incurred the wrath of TVB executive management.
Originally, Joel had the opportunity to appear in TVB anniversary series, Return to the Three Kingdoms. On March 16th, he appeared at the costume fitting for the role of Sun Quan. Since Joel could not film for Return to the Three Kingdoms, he was pulled out of the series and replaced by Pierre Ngo.
Virginia Lok confirmed the cast change, “We did not decide to pull Joel out of the series. He could not act in the series due to timing issues. Yesterday, he called me and said that something happened at home. He needed to go back to China for two to three weeks. His scenes in Return to the Three Kingdoms would start filming in May. He asked whether it was possible to cast another actor if the filming schedule cannot be accommodated. We discussed the matter with Producer Lau Ka Ho, who was very understanding in Joel’s situation. We decided to cast Pierre Ngo in the role.”
Yesterday, Pierre Ngo tried the costume for Return to the Three Kingdoms. Over the phone, he said, “Today was the first day I tried the costume. After being briefed on the story, I should start filming soon.” Pierre said he did not know the reason for the sudden change in casting decision. “I don’t know why. My manager told me that Joel Chan took a long vacation and that I would be playing his role.” How did Pierre feel about being the second choice in casting? “It’s still TVB’s production. I will do whatever they ask of me. [When attacked by Sin Ho Ying], my role in Thunder of the Forbidden City <紫禁驚雷> was replaced by Jack Wu Lok Yin. These issues occur all the time.”
Since the filming completion of My Cruel Lover and updating several photos on his blog last month, Joel has disappeared from the public eye. Rumored girlfriend, Florinda Ho, uploaded a photo of a red rose and wrote “pretty”on her blog, leading to speculation that Joel gave her the flowers.
Translated by: JayneStars
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