Despite meeting co-star just three hours before shoot, Malaysian actor-director Hans Isaac...
For his latest movie Nota, the 43-year-old had to strip down to his boxers to act out a steamy love scene.
And he managed to nail it all in just one take despite the fact that he had met his Japanese co-star Rin Izumi, who plays his mistress, for the first time just three hours before the director yelled, "Action!".
"There's nothing personal about work and it should always be that way," he told The New Paper in a telephone interview from Kuala Lumpur.
"I was mindful of the boundaries in Malaysia. No nudity, but it was intimate in the sense that I had to caress her."
In the Malaysian psychological thriller directed by Japanese filmmaker Yasu Tanaka, Hans plays a doctor named Kamal who finds himself in a failing decade-long marriage with his wife Erin (played by Malaysian actress Maya Karin) after repeated failed attempts to have a baby together.
The pair attempt to save their marriage on a vacation to Bako National Park in Sarawak, but Erin finds out about Kamal's extra-marital affair with a now-pregnant Mayumi (played by Izumi). She then plots to kill her husband and pass it off as a suicide.
Nota opens today in cinemas in Malaysia.
For his role, Hans also gave his usual gym and exercise routine a miss to play the part of a broken, troubled husband. He said: "I wanted to look haggard and maybe about 85kg instead of my usual 81kg. I stopped working out and basically 'let go'. I also told the wardrobe people to make sure my clothes were tighter so they could see a paunch. Sometimes, I pushed out my stomach to give the appearance of a pot belly."
A day after Nota hits cinemas across Malaysia, Hans will bring his popular comedy show Lawak Ke Der to Singapore for the first time.
The two-day show (tomorrow and Saturday) will take place at Kallang Theatre and will see popular Malaysian comedians Harith Iskander, Afdlin Shauki, Douglas Lim and trio Bocey taking to the stage.
JACK OF ALL TRADES
Hans, who directs the show, promises a night of laughter that will not disappoint.
"For the past three instalments in Malaysia, we've had great reception and even had Singaporeans making their way to Malaysia just to see the show," he said.
The multi-talented Malaysian personality is a Jack of all trades - he acts, directs and runs several businesses - but asking him to tickle one's funny bone on stage is a tall order.
"I believe in leaving it to the experts. I do what I'm good at, and they do what they are good at," said Hans. The next few months will continue to be busy for Hans, who hopes to create a travel documentary based on another one of his passions - diving.
"I love diving and want to film a diving travel documentary for three months on islands around South-east Asia," he said. "I'm also planning my next musical, but that is still in the creative stages."
WHAT Lawak Ke Der Live In Singapore 2015
WHEN Tomorrow and Saturday, 8pm
WHERE Kallang Theatre
TICKETS $46, $66, $96, $126 (Gold) and $156 (VVIP) from Sistic at www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348 5555
This article was first published on August 13, 2015.
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