Dirty fan mail

Dirty fan mail

When he opened the e-mail message, lurid naked photos of a young woman filled the screen.

He was shocked.

TV actor Zheng Geping, 49, recoiled and immediately closed the e-mail window.

"Jumping out at me were all these naked shots. I think it was instinctive to close them because I was so taken aback," groans the affable actor in a mix of Mandarin and English.

The sender? A fan in her 20s - not much older than his own daughter - who had somehow got hold of his private e-mail address.

Perhaps it is not surprising that he has besotted fans willing to express their carnal desire to be with him.

He may have made his acting debut more than 26 years ago in 1987, but Zheng is experiencing a new wave of popularity - thanks to a physique that is at its peak.

We are talking well-defined six-pack abs, bulging pecs and sinewy muscles.

Not only is it getting him leading roles and commercial endorsements, it has also spawned a book charting how he attained his new body.

Zheng was 46 when he decided to get back in shape after putting on weight.

He had also wanted to be fighting fit for a role as a gangster in the drama Kampong Ties.

So he underwent intense training for three months, after telling his fitness instructor that he wanted to look like his idol Bruce Lee.

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