Multi-award-winning Malaysian film and television stalwart Rosyam Nor is one actor who is happy when the audience hates him. KL Gangster 2 marks an acting comeback for the 46-year-old, who has spent the past two years working as a producer and director.
So keen were the film-makers to get him on board the action flick that they wrote the role of murderous mob boss Tailong (right) specifically for him as enticement. He says: "I felt I had a huge responsibility to bring the character to life. So I tried to make him as violent and vile as possible. If the viewers don't hate me, then I haven't done my job."
To play the gun-and-sword-wielding gang leader, he studied the movements and mannerisms of reptiles such as crocodiles, lizards and snakes. "He's like a reptile, the way he looks at people, the way he moves."
His commitment to the role carried on from research into filming.
Despite being older than his co-stars Aaron Aziz, 37, and Adi Putra, 32, he insisted on doing all but three of the action and fight scenes himself. "I think I made the shooting longer because I had to take a lot of breaks in between the action scenes to catch my breath," he says with a laugh. "And for that, I am grateful to Aaron, Adi and the rest of the cast and crew."