After their first time movie collaboration in the Cantonese action comedy Buddy Cops, Hong Kong leading man Bosco Wong and Taiwanese comedian King Kong (real name Lee Hsin Chiao) seem to have turned into a tag-team comedic duo.
During a recent phone interview from Hong Kong, Wong and Lee, both 35, had a whale of a time poking fun at one another.
Wong started the ball rolling with: “For such a messy chap to transform into such a nerdy gentleman, King Kong is so good at it that he deserves to win a Hong Kong Film Award.”
Taking his cue from his co-star, Lee followed with: “Well, for a super dashing leading man like him to transform into such an obnoxious bloke in the movie, Bosco should win a best actor award as well.
“In fact, Bosco made a huge sacrifice – he had to shave off all the hair on his legs,” he continued.
Without missing a beat, Wong retorted: “But King Kong made an even bigger sacrifice – he had to shave off his trademark moustache and goatee.”
Chuckling at Wong’s comment, Lee added that he was not at all like Johnny, the character he played in the movie. “I think I may be more like (Wong’s character) Chan Kin Fei, although I may not be as dirty. Because, just like him, I find it really tiresome to play by the rules.”
Buddy Cops is produced by Eric Tsang and directed by Peter Chik (who wrote the screenplay for Tsang’s Chinese New Year comedies I Love Hong Kong 2012 and 2013).
In the movie, Wong plays the rugged Chan Kin Fei, a street-wise trouble-maker, while Lee is the preppy Johnny, an office-bound desk-jockey. The two cops cannot stand each other, but are forced to live together when Chan’s father (Stanley Fung) and Johnny’s mother (Elaine Jin) decide to get hitched.
Wong and Lee shared that they learnt a lot while working with showbiz veterans like Hong Kong actor Fung and Taiwanese actress Jin.
Lee was especially moved by Jin, who plays his mother. “It’s the first time I’m working with Elaine, so I did feel a lot of pressure because she is a veteran. But, I was really touched by how gently she spoke to me as she suggested different ways for me to interpret my character.”
Wong found Fung to be an amusing mentor. “With Stanley playing my father, I got to experience his humorous side every day,” said the actor-singer, who recently won a best award at the 6th Europe China Image Film Festival (one of the largest Chinese film festivals in Europe), for his portrayal of down-trodden office worker Sit Ho Ching in Hong Kong rom-com Golden Brother (2014).
Buddy Cops also has two sexy leading ladies – Hong Kong singer Charmaine Fong plays Wong’s psychotic lady love Bessie, while TVB actress Kate Tsui plays Lee’s love interest Petite Princess.
The end credits for the movie showed clips of Wong cross dressing in various female roles, so he was asked to comment on his favourite look. “All three are supposed to be 2016’s sexiest looks. I like the female cop getup best, as I’ve played cops many times, but never a policewoman,” joked Wong, who was surprised that the clips were included in the movie as he had not seen them himself.