Hollywood film Iron Man 3 has been scheduled to open in cinemas during the summer holidays on 3 May 2013, shooting is scheduled to start next month. With the increased importance of Chinese market, the film will have location shooting in Mainland China. The film will be financed by Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures and Mainland China’s DMG Entertainment. With the financial support of the Chinese, Chinese actors will be added into the cast, in order to be on equal status with the Hollywood stars, the first pick will be Andy Lau as he has been in Asian showbiz for 30 years, this could be the chance for him to enter the Hollywood market.
It is clear that Iron Man 3 decided to collaborate with China and Andy, most importantly they are looking at the bright side of the Mainland China box office market, Andy has a high drawing power in the box office of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and other Asian countries, it also suited Andy to walk out of Asia and into Hollywood, he also stand a chance to become Hollywood’s Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor. It’s a win-win situation as there is box office guarantee and Andy could venture into Hollywood.
According to reports on NEONPUNCH website, insiders revealed that Andy’s collaboration with Iron Man 3 had yet been confirmed as no contract has been signed, but negotiation had reached the final stage in terms of negotiating the fees. Other than the original cast of Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Sir Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce will be added to be the villains. Although in the original comics, Iron Man has a Chinese villain – The Mandarin who has “10 magical rings”, but with Chinese financial backing, it might not “smear” Chinese to become a villain, thus Andy could be cast as Tony Stark’s old friend in China, using advanced technologies to assist Iron Man in fighting the villains.
Andy’s filming schedule for Iron Man 3 must also accommodate his wife giving birth as Andy will be promoted to become a father in June. According to Taiwan’s Next Magazine reports, to avoid disturbance from the media, Andy changed his wife’s doctor, he also accompanied his wife for checkup before the normal consultation hours on 24 April 2012, booking the whole clinic. The doctor William So Wai Ki, a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, who charged HK$400,000 for the whole package, each visit starts from HK$64000, looked like Andy is defying all costs to become a father.
Andy was seen holding his wife’s hand as they walked down the stairs, showing love and concern for her, just in case of any accident. Despite Carol was wearing a surgical mask, but still failed to hide her pretty face, even with her tummy hide in the loose clothing, it do showed that she still maintained her figure as her hands and legs are not flabby.
According to close friends, Andy adore his wife Carol Zhu Liqian very well as he kept touching her face while in the clinic, a loving couple. As Carol loves to eat golden fish balls, the heavenly king accompanied her to buy it from Hui Kee Fishballs in the crowded market, indeed a perfect husband. He also bought a new 7-seater SUV for his wife, changed her nanny and bodyguards, the nannies increased from 2 to 3, the bodyguards also increased from 2 to 6 or 9 bodyguards which pocket a salary of HK$1180,000 each month.
Meanwhile on 23 April, Tony Leung Kar Fai, Aaron Kwok and Aarif Rahman were in Beijing International Film Festival to promote their new film – Cold Wars. Tony quipped that Aaron’s performance in the film would win him the Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor in 2013, “Even he does not win, surely he would be nominated.” Other than the three male leads, the film also gathered other heavyweight actors, among them in the list released by the film company includes Charlie Yeung, Eddie Yu-yen Peng, Lam Ka Tung and Chin Kar Lok. However, at the press conference Aaron revealed that Andy Lau is also one of them. However he decided not to reveal Andy’s role and the story. When asked: “Isn’t him one of the investor, still can act.” Aaron then revealed that despite Andy being one of the investor, but he still cameo in the film.
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