The filming of big budget movie “The Battle of Red Cliff” suffered a mini-crisis when one of the leading actors Chow Yun Fat ‘resigned’ from the movie last weekend.

Surprisingly, the other actor that quit earlier last month, Tony Leung has decided to join the production again. According to some news source, Tony and the producers have already agreed on terms, and it’s pending on official signings only.

Well, who would have thought of these dramatic incidents; it’s better than the movie itself… perhaps someone should write a script and make it into a movie lo.

Since that Tony’s role is already taken by Takeshi Kaneshiro, if he is really coming back, he is likely to take Chow’s original role instead; but I strongly felt that Tony should take back his original role and Takeshi take on Chow’s role instead.

Besides, Tony is a couple inches shorter than Chow Yun Fat and his ‘wife’ Lin Zhi Ling… Takeshi seemed like a better-matched couple with Lin.

Hong Kong actor Chow Yun Fat confirmed that he has quit the cast of “The Battle of Red Cliff.” He made the ‘resignation’ last Friday (April 13), but the news has just been discovered by the press on Sunday (April 15).

Some reports were speculating that that Chow was ‘fired’ because of his unreasonable demands; but according to Chow, he quits the production because he felt that he can’t play the role well with the short amount of time for preparation.

The movie requires the cast to speak in Mandarin, and it is not Chow’s mother tongue. Chow said that he had requested the script to be provided earlier so that he could have more time to prepare for his character; but he only managed to get his script a week ago, and he felt that he was short of time to do the preparation.

It is another setback for director John Woo; a month ago actor Tony Leung quitted the movie for personal reason, and now it’s Chow… meaning that he lost both of his original candidate for the 2 most important characters in the movie.

A few candidates have been rumored to replace Chow’s role, which include Daniel Wu, Jay Chou and Chang Chen.

The best leading actors and actresses nominees for the 26th Hong Kong Film Awards had posed for a photoshot to promote the event.

Pretty nice photo, doesn’t seem like a clean shot though, more like a computer edited image instead…

The best leading actors and actresses nominees for the 26th Hong Kong Film Awards

From left to right… Chow Yun Fat, Isabella Leong, Aaron Kwok, Angelica Lee, Tony Leung, Rene Liu, Sean Lau, Jet Li and Teresa Mo (Gong Li who is also nominated was not available).

The award presentation night is on April 15, 2007.

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The official trailer for “Pirates Of The Caribbean 3: At World’s End”…

The main cast remains the same… Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley etc.; and with the addition of Hong Kong star Chow Yun Fat.

Chow Yun Fat, who plays a pirate in the movie, said a phrase in the trailer that created some debates in Singapore… “Welcome to Singapore.” Some Singaporeans are not too happy for being branded a pirate country.

On the bright side, at least Singapore got some free promotion in a Hollywood blockbuster wannabe. I bet their tourism will soar after the movie lol.


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