SINGAPORE - Filming several bare-bodied scenes beside muscular Jay Chou can be a little intimidating, especially if you happen to be his best buddy, Alan Ko.
Taiwanese actor Ko, who plays a gangster and Chou's sidekick in the Mandopop king's new martial arts musical comedy movie The Rooftop, told The New Paper: "I used to have a better body than Jay, but he has been training very hard and now he has these eight- pack abs. It's quite insane."
The 32-year-old added: "But I am fine with my figure. I prefer a leaner body with definition, so I am not aiming to train till I am so buff and muscular like Jay. Maybe I will do that when I am older."
The Rooftop, which is also directed by Chou, is about Gao (Chou) and his group of gangster friends who are part of a poor but happy community living on the rooftops of buildings.
Gao falls for a rising starlet (Chinese newcomer Li Xinai) and goes through many obstacles to be with her.
The Rooftop is showing in cinemas now.
Ko, who swims, bikes and skateboards regularly, said he did not train too hard for the scene in a bathhouse where he and Chou fight some gangsters in a gongfu song-and-dance sequence.
But before filming the scenes, the two stars did a few hundred push-ups so that they would look better on screen.
Ko said: "We keep checking out each other's chest to see if it has swelled up and compare to see whose is bigger. Sometimes I hit the gym with Chou and we train for two to three hours."
Ko, best known for playing the rebellious but misunderstood lead in last year's sleeper hit Din Tao, had not acted in a musical before.