Child actor Keane Chan didn't see ghost while filming debut movie

Child actor Keane Chan didn't see ghost while filming debut movie

It may be his first movie, but child actor Keane Chan is not a newcomer to acting.

The wide-eyed 14-year-old student, who plays a medium alongside Hong Kong A-lister Sandra Ng and home-grown comedian Mark Lee in upcoming local drama-comedy A Fantastic Ghost Wedding, has small roles on Channel 5 and Channel 8 productions under his belt.

Opening here tomorrow, the movie tells the story of an overbearing mother (Ng) who hires a superstar medium Boy (Keane) and his father (Lee) to help find a wife for her dead son.

Keane is not the only budding actor in his family.

His 16-year-old brother Kyle Chan won the Young Talent title at the 2007 Star Awards for his role as a deaf and dumb child in Channel 8 drama The Greatest Love Of All.

M talks to Keane about his role:

How was it like working with big names like Ng and Lee?

"At first, I didn't know who Sandra was but then I realised that I had watched a few of her shows before. I was a little nervous when I met her and didn't really know what to say to her.

"As for Mark, it was easy communicating with him. We spoke in a mix of English and Singlish. I was very excited to act with him."

How did you prepare for this role?

"My mother explained the role to me, and I practised my dialogue with her.

"I also thought about how I would express my emotions to perform my role properly. I googled the word 'medium' to find out more about it."

Were you scared while filming the movie?

"No, there were many people on set, so it wasn't scary at all. I also did not see any ghosts."

What were the challenges you faced?

"The main challenge was when I had to perform a ritual and do martial arts while wearing the big robe.

"It was very hot as we were acting under the blazing sun. I learnt martial arts in the past, so it helped."

Do you want to take on more acting jobs in the future?

"Not for now. I want to focus on my studies first."

This article was first published on Nov 19, 2014.
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