Saturday, March 08, 2008

Heart Of Greed II Blessing Ceremony

TVB grand production Heart Of Greed II <溏心風暴之家好月圓> held its blessing ceremony today and to mark the occasion and tie in with the theme of the storyline, a giant mooncake was provided in addition to the customary roast pig.

Cast members who turned out to pay their respects and wish for filming to run smoothly included Ha Yu (夏雨), Lee Si Kei (李司棋), Susanna Kwan (關菊英), Michelle Yim (米雪), Lee Heung Kam (李香琴), Moses Chan (陳豪), Raymond Lam (林峯), Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣), Fala Chen (陳法拉), Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), Tracy Ip (葉翠翠) and Kate Tsui (徐子珊).

Ha Yu and Raymond revealed that they will soon be filming a swimming race between their characters and Raymond said that he has been working out recently to look good in his swimsuit. Ha Yu said that although there will be a couple of scenes where you can see his belly, he will not be slimming down intentionally, but he quickly changed his tune when he heard that Raymond would be working out, laughing that maybe he should start getting fit too.

Asked if he has filmed any particularly memorable scenes so far, Ha Yu replied that there was one scene where his character was blinded by a detached retina, so he had to keep falling over, which was particularly hard work.

Si Kei revealed that she will also have a race scene, but because she has a hip condition, she plans to ask the producer to see if she can be excused from the scene and be a judge instead.

Susanna and Heung Kam have to shout at people in many of their scenes, so Susanna smiled that she has been making soup every day to protect her voice. Kam said that her character blames Si Kei's character for cuausing the death of her son, so she not only has to scold Si Kei all the time, but has also had a slapping scene. Heung Kam revealed that Si Kei was extremely professional and told her not to hold back, so she slapped Si Kei hard and completed the scene in one take.

Moses plays a stock market trader in the show and he refers to his character as a "Casanova" because he has relationships with the roles played by Tavia Yeung (楊怡), Kate and Astrid Chan (陳芷菁), so he is quite a lucky man. Asked if he feels the pressure working with so many veterans again, he smiled there is no pressure because they make the show even more entertaining and he has learned a lot of new performance skills from them, especially Ha Yu.

In this sequel, Michelle will be turning the tables and playing the villain, but she is not worried about being compared to Susanna's "Sai Kai" from the first series because the storylines are very different. She is also not worried about being scolded in the street and hopes that the audience will enjoy her performance.

There have been rumours that Linda and Raymond have been carrying their on-screen relationship into real life and even suggestions that they have been sharing lunch and ignoring other cast members. When he was asked about this, Raymond admitted that they did share a sandwich during filming and explained that he has been cutting down on food to try and slim down recently, so he only ate half a portion of the sandwich. He added that after their previous collaboration, he is very relaxed when working with Linda now, but insists that he is able to detach himself from the acting in real life.

Linda said that she was quite hungry after filming late at night, so Raymond offered her his sandwich. She insisted that she had offered some to Tracy, but she had declined. She accepted that the rumours would follow naturally because their characters in the first series were so popular, so she knows that gossip is unavoidable.

Asked if there is any possibility of a real romance blossoming, Linda smiled that they are relaxed in each other's company, so they will be more absorbed in filming, but insisted that they will not be taking their romance off the screen and they are just very good friends in reality.

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