While shooting his upcoming film “Don’t Call Me God of Gamblers,” Hong Kong movie icon Chow Yun Fat reportedly endured a staggering 62 real slaps.
Hardwork is a slap in the face: In a recently unveiled behind-the-scenes video on Weibo, the 68-year-old actor, who portrays a pathological gambler in the film, can be seen rehearsing alongside co-star Kenny Wong, who portrays a creditor. The scene depicts Fat seated on a sofa enduring a series of slaps delivered by Wong.
To ensure authenticity, Fat encourages Wong not to hold back during the numerous takes, going as far as to personally demonstrate a slapping technique so it would synchronize with his lines.
On set in stitches: Another behind-the-scenes video shows Fat kneeling on the ground while Wong strikes him across the head with a hair spray bottle. The impact causes Fat to bend over, holding his head in pain as he receives an actual gash. Crew members and Fat’s wife, Jasmine Tan, promptly attend to him. The actor is seen later in the clip returning to the set from the hospital with five stitches, which he humorously points out is an auspicious number.
Hanging on by a hair: Fat’s dedication goes beyond enduring physical blows. In a third clip, he can be seen being dragged down the street by his hair and clothes. During rehearsals for the scene, Fat actively demonstrates to his fellow actors the intensity with which they should pull his hair. After the scene is filmed, he humorously acknowledges his fortunate hair volume, eliciting laughter from the actors and crew.
Release date: Originally filmed in 2019, “Don’t Call Me God of Gamblers” is Fat’s first film in five years. It is scheduled to hit theaters in China and Hong Kong on June 21.