Directed by Tsui Hark, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame will open in the cinema soon, Andy Lau and Li Bingbing were at Hong Kong’s Madame Tussaud’s to unveil their respective wax figures.
As it would require 6 months to make changes to the wax figures, thus the image of the figures could not be change to accommodate the promotion of the film as it remained in their old images.
Although the wax figures remained the same, but both of them were still excited upon seeing their wax figures. When Andy took the initiative to kiss Bingbing’s wax figure, she also kissed Andy’s figure.
As it would require 6 months to make changes to the wax figures, thus the image of the figures could not change image to accommodate the promotion of the film as it remained in their old images. In order to promote this film, Li Bingbing’s figure was air-freight from Shanghai, she quipped: “It’s tough coming from Shanghai.” She revealed that the costume that the figure was wearing was what she wore when collecting the Best Actress award in 2007, thus it has a special meaning for her. Upon hearing, Andy immediately joked, “This image was specially prepared for me to collect the Best Actor award next year.” Actually the image of Andy’s wax figure is tailored according to his character in Infernal Affairs.
Despite being the old images, both of them were excited seeing their own wax figures. They had not met each other for more than 6 months, having collaborated for 4 films, Andy and Bingbing had a strong chemistry as after unveiling the wax figures, Andy took the initiative to stand beside Bingbing’s wax figure and made an action of kissing “her face” which the fans reacted with screams. Li Bingbing whom was standing beside Andy’s figure could not follow the kissing action as Andy’s figure is taller than her, she could only rest both her hands on the figure’s shoulder to make a kissing action.
The unveiling of the wax figure was to promote Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, thus the topic does not escape about the film. During the interview, Li Bingbing kept singing praise of “Andy looked handsome during fighting”, Andy immediately sing praise of her “fighting well” as well, unexpectedly Li Bingbing quipped: “That means that I’m not bad in beating you!”
Andy could not hide his mischievous self by reveal Li Bingbing’s “mishap”: “Her weapon in the film is the whip, although she handle it well, but the whip does not have eyes, thus other than it hitting onto the crew members, then it’s me, everybody was scared of her! Whenever she used her whip, everybody ran away or went hiding.” Andy then added that whenever Bingbing used her whip, he would run to a distance far away from her and shout: “Attention, Bingbing is going to use her whip!” The crew members did not know whether to smile or cry after hearing Andy.
Earlier there was reports that Andy’s concert at the end of the year had cut down 8 nights, the reason was due to the drop in popularity with him hiding the truth of his marriage, he clarified: “The reporter whom wrote this article should be a newbie, he don’t understand that from my past concerts, I sell my concert part by part from the 10th nights. Actually the concert only start selling tickets today, actually we started selling tickets from the 12th night.” With regards to such news, Andy expressed that he could do nothing: “What you want me to do? You want that pen to write me dead?” Reporter asked him if he still concern the feelings of normal readers? Andy said: “Who said I don’t care, what if it was writing about you?”
In the beginning of the year, Andy’s Future X-cops was touted to be a “lousy film”, Andy was once given the title of “King of lousy films”, with regards to this, he said: “All of you should understand why I accept to be cast in this film, those whom scolded this film is always a small group of people. Maybe the film did not meet the expectation, but Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame will also be scolded if it opened in the cinema? Impossible.”
With regards to Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Andy had lot of feelings to it, although he had know Tsui Hark for many years, but he really collaborate with him starting from this film, he said: “It’s surely a homecoming production by Tsui Hark, don’t you feel that I looked like him in the film? Actually I’m him in the film.” With regards to Tsui Hark’s saying that he was picked to be Detective Dee because he is “clever”, Andy asked the reporter: “Do you think that I’m clever? Actually I’m not good at managing finance.” For his latest invested film – Gallant, despite rounds of promotion, but it does not make a profit for Andy.
When talked about Empress Wu in the film, Andy said: “I feel that it’s good, it’s different from what I thought. It does not require Carina Lau.” He also express that his Detective Dee is the same as himself, a person with society responsibility.” He initially does not support Wu Zhetian to become Empress, but he later found out that no man could do better than her, thus he agree and request that the throne to be passed to her son.
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