Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Love Again, produced by Stanley Kwan and directed by Pan Liang Yuan, began its principal filming in Shenzhen, China last week.
Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung, who is believed to be pregnant, requested the use of a body double even for non-action scenes, so as to protect her pregnancy.
Most of the time, the Love Again male lead, Korean actor Kwon Sang Woo was forced to act with the double. While he is not thrilled by the arrangement, Sang Woo obliged.
There had been a hot demand for Cecilia in China and Hong Kong, after the actress made her return to showbiz.
Previously, it was rumoured that the actress is currently pregnant with a baby girl, and had reportedly set four major rules prior to the filming. They included the use of a body double, leaving the film set for lunch, limiting the shoot to six hours a day, and the need to go back to Hong Kong daily after the shoot.
In Love Again, Cecilia portrays a florist and only needed to do simple actions such as passing flowers from her left to her right hand. The stalks of flowers were not dangerous, and most of the shots only required facial expressions.
When the crew was preparing for the next scene, Cecilia could be seen listening to songs or talking on the phone. The actress cut herself from everyone and did not even interact with her co-stars Kwon Sang Woo and veteran actress Tanny Tien.
The actress was said to have left at 5pm sharp daily, since working hours had previously been agreed on. Cecilia even had a group of umbrella-carrying bodyguards to escort her to her van.
After Cecilia left, Sang Woo was forced to act with her body double for the rest of the scenes. It is believed that Sang Woo had once questioned the director about the use of a body double and had helplessly obliged when he was told that the arrangement was to help Cecilia protect her latest pregnancy.
Faced with Cecilia's various demands, a crew from Guangzhou lamented, "Whether filming is affected or not, depended on how good the actors are. This time, the actor, producer and director are down-to-earth. However, Cecilia doesn't even let anyone step near her. Fans aside, even when we (the crew members) want to ask her something, we are stopped by her assistant from a few feet away!"
Translated by: mv_228 @ AsianFanatics
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