8 Jan – With the highly anticipated Wong Kar-wai film, "The Grandmaster" hitting the theatres this week in Hong Kong and China, its actor Tony Leung told the media how happy he is that the movie is finally out.
According to Asianpopnews, at the recent press conference for the movie, Tony Leung shared his filming woes and sacrifices for the film, stating that he had to train and master the martial art style of Wing Chun for three years.
The now 50-year-old superstar revealed, "I started training in Wing Chun when I was 47. I broke my hands twice and I had to recuperate for months because of this. My efforts before that were all gone."
The actor also talked about Wong Kar-wai's perfectionist nature and its toll on everybody, stating, "After filming for 30 nights endlessly, I told Wong Kar-wai that I could not bear it anymore. He nodded but that was all. In the end, we filmed for another week."
"I had been filming throughout the night for half a year. I slept at midnight and woke up at 4 or 5 am next day and had to go jogging. Carina Lau often called me and asked where I was. That period of time was very tiring."
When told that Donnie Yen's "Ip Man 3" was launching soon, Tony replied, "The two movies are different. The reason why we took so long is because we needed time to achieve our goal."
The actor also revealed that he will be taking a long break and would not take on other projects temporarily.