SINGAPORE - Thanks - or rather, no thanks - to Typhoon Usagi, Carl Ng won't be reprising his lead role in the upcoming fourth season of Channel 5 drama Point Of Entry(POE).
He has played Glenn Chua, the confident commander of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority's special ops group Team Epsilon, for the show's last three seasons.
The typhoon which hit Hong Kong in September caused a delay in the British-Chinese actor's filming schedule.
At that time, Ng was filming US TV series Covert Affairs there and had been slated to fly to Singapore immediately after filming wrapped to start work on POE 4.
Ng said the typhoon caused a five-day delay in the Covert Affairs filming schedule and that cost him his role here.
Canadian-born actor Jack Yang will replace Ng as Glenn Chua in POE 4, which airs on Channel 5 on Dec 26 . (See other report.)
The series also starred Jaymee Ong and Bernard Tan.
Ng, 37, told The New Paper over the phone from Hong Kong: "I was quite upset with the decision to replace me as I've developed the character for over three years.
"It's akin to cutting off a hand.
"I chose to take a risk with the character and I made him unlikeable, arrogant and yet selfless.
"I had asked MediaCorp for a schedule extension in Singapore but they said that they had to start shooting as soon as possible.
"That is a decision that is beyond my control."