MALAYSIA - After landing roles in the Hong Kong action comedy Kick Ass Girls, Malaysian actresses Chris Tong and Emily Lim braced for a physically and linguistically challenging shoot.
At a Mid-Autumn festival celebration organised by GSC Movies and Hotwer Entertainment in Petaling Jaya last week, the beauty-queens-turned-actresses admitted that their Cantonese was half-baked as their local TV roles usually required them to speak Mandarin. So they had to work extra hard practising their Cantonese dialogue for the movie.
"From the beginning, I pushed myself to complete my lines in one take," said Tong, who admitted being slower.
"There are some words that I'm particularly careful with," added Lim, who was concerned that she may inadvertently offend others with her pronunciation.
Hence, when the movie's show-reel was played for local media, Tong and Lim were quite disappointed to discover that their voices had been dubbed.
Lim also said that she was quite taken aback when her costume was unveiled because she was not aware that she had to don such skimpy outfits for her role as a fighter. However, she overcame her initial surprise and quickly went about getting into shape for her role.
As a professional actress and model, Lim said, she is not averse to employing extremely unhealthy methods to achieve fast results. "I have a special method to slim down fast; but it is not healthy and hence not recommended for long-term use," said Lim, who did not offer to share her quick-and-easy technique.
The two Malaysian beauties were joined at the celebration by their co-stars, Hong Kong hunks La Ying and King Chiu.