Hire me, Singapore: Andy Lau

Hire me, Singapore: Andy Lau
Hong Kong veteran actor Andy Lau (left) trading jokes with Gordon Lam, co-star of his new $25-million movie Firestorm.

Hong Kong star Andy Lau is "very open" to collaborating with Singapore film-makers.

Speaking in Mandarin at a press conference yesterday, he told regional reporters: "Back in the day, there have been discussions between Singaporean film-makers with my company in Hong Kong but the talks never really continued from there.

"As much as I'd love to, I cannot leave Hong Kong and come down all the time to look into these things.

"But I am definitely very open to collaborating with Singaporeans on films here. Maybe there is a project here where I can help to lend my 30-plus years of experience of being in film," he added.

Lau, 52, is known primarily as an actor and singer but he is also the owner of production company Focus Films, which has produced many critically acclaimed films, including award- winning drama A Simple Life (2012) and Gallants (2010), and box-office hits such as Feng Xiaogang's A World Without Thieves (2004).

He deadpanned: "It's not just about wanting to come to Singapore and work from a producer's standpoint. I would also love for Singaporean film-makers to hire me as an actor in their movies.

"I may be expensive but I'm worth it."

Lau is both leading man and producer of his latest film Firestorm, which he was in town to promote.

Directed by Hong Kong writer- director Alan Yuen, the police actioner has Lau playing the role of a senior inspector whose moral integrity is questioned when a criminal pushes him to the edge.

The US$20-million (S$25-million) film made its world premiere at Resorts World Sentosa last night as part of the annual home-grown film trade event ScreenSingapore, a week ahead of its general release in cinemas next Thursday.

Flanking Lau at the press conference yesterday was his Firestorm co-star, Gordon Lam Ka Tung, 46, who plays ex-con Pong and antagonist to Lau's cop character in the film.

Lam is an actor signed to Lau's artist management arm Topman Global, so he often referred to Lau as "laoban" (Mandarin for boss) during the press conference.

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