SINGAPORE : When Edison Chen arrived in Singapore to promote his new movie, “The Sniper”, on Sunday, we wondered if he had some kind of death wish.
After his first public appearance here in February for the launch of Carl’s Jr’s new Thickburger and the adidas Originals’ 60th anniversary party, bullets were mailed to Hong Kong media threatening the 28-year-old’s life if he should appear at any more public events. As a further consequence of last year’s sex scandal, the actor has also been on the receiving end of mafia threats.
It was, therefore, a little anti-climactic when nothing had happened. TODAY overheard someone calling into his headquarters to report, “There was no shooting.” He sounded almost disappointed.
Organisers had taken every precaution to ensure safety. Besides some 20-odd security personnel and four armed guards, entry was restricted and the guards at the door thoroughly inspected bags – no leisurely poking around with giant popsicle sticks like they do at the Esplanade.
“The Sniper”, filmed two years ago but held back due to the release of Chen’s private pictures, is an action movie about snipers in the Hong Kong police force. Chen’s co-star Richie Jen and director Dante Lam were also present at the conference. And they had the guts to sit next to Chen.
“If I said I wasn’t afraid, I’d be lying. I am a little. But I will go on. Some things just have to be done,” said Chen in Mandarin.
“Whether this is my first step back into the entertainment industry … We’ll see how it goes. I think I have to take it slow and listen to my bosses and the audience before I can decide when to re-enter the scene.”
And why does Chen keep coming back to Singapore? Does he feel safe here? Does he have an unbridled fondness for chicken rice? To that, Chen would only say: “I have to thank Singapore for welcoming me.”
Channel News Asia