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March 23, 2005

Why Michael Wong has a Career

For decades Michael Wong has been Hong Kong's resident great white dope. A Caucasian actor in an Asian industry, he's elicited shrieks of laughter for his sorry Cantonese and his wooden acting from audiences around the world. Recently he starred in Stephen Fung's HOUSE OF FURY playing a bald meanie who's paralyzed from the neck down.

Fans have torn their hair out over Michael Wong -- why is he in movies? Who casts him? What's their problem?

An answer is here. Michael Wong is a really, really nice guy.

He appeared at the HOUSE OF FURY opening with Stephen Fung and Daniel Wu and the audience loved him. Fung was almost totally silent, and Daniel Wu did his level best to bring some life to the proceedings. But Michael Wong had the whole house in his hands from the moment he opened his mouth, gave Wu and Fung hyperbolic props and then introduced himself with, "I haven't done a whole lot. But that's okay." He went on to joke that although he only speaks English in the film "my Cantonese is good."

The presenter ushered a supermellow Fung and Wu offstage while Michael Wong was left to his own devices, blundered off in the other direction, couldn't find his way offstage, bantered with the audience, and then dropped the fabulous non-sequitir, "Watch me breakdance!" and he proceeded to do the wave and slice off some smoking hot pop and lock moves (not technically breakdancing, but still...)

Truly this man is magic. I will never laugh at Michael Wong again. He is a gentleman's gentleman.

March 23, 2005 at 02:53 AM in Interviews | Permalink

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Grady is absolutely correct about Michael Wong. Probably no one will ever see this post, but I had the opportunity to go to HK in 2000 to cover the HK Int'l Film Festival, and actually M.W. at the HK-Asia Film Financing Forum, where I had the chance to talk to him a bit with a friend. He pitched us his film (Miles Apart) even though we had barely enough money between the two of us to buy him lunch, and despite the fact that I almost made a real ass out of myself by having a laughing fit of nerves about meeting the famous "Michael Wong," he genuinely looked at me, with real concern, to see what was wrong. All I can say is, you can tell when people are for real, and like Grady says, Michael Wong is really just a very nice guy. Let the Internet bear witness to my voice!

Posted by: Erika Young | May 19, 2005 10:56:35 PM

This is good to know as it's always easy to forget the actor for the acting/role. I've always HATED Michael Wong and recently was pissed off at having him in the very fun HOUSE OF FURY. So, although I'll still find him less than good as an actor, it's really good to hear that he is a good guy; it's always easier to root for a sincerely nice person.

Posted by: Goro | May 24, 2005 1:21:50 PM

I'm pretty sure Michael Wong isnt "caucasian"

Posted by: darren | May 29, 2005 10:15:21 AM

Michael is half Chinese and half American (Dutch I believe). Like all Chinese Americans, his grasp of the language is not 100% accurate.

Posted by: linda | Jan 19, 2006 5:58:40 PM

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