Anthony Wong’s Team Denies Rumours That His Asking Price Is So High The Taiwanese Government Didn’t Dare Work With Him
The last we heard from Hongkong actor Anthony Wong, he had just arrived in Taiwan on a two-month work permit. At that time, the 58-year-old had mentioned in a Facebook comment that he was planning to become a Taiwanese citizen.
According to the actor, after China blacklisted him from ever working there 'cos of his support for Hongkong’s pro-democracy movement in 2014, his income stream basically dried up.
So when the producers of Taiwanese drama Heaven on the Fourth Floor approached Anthony to be part of the drama, he accepted immediately and even reportedly remarked that when it came to working in Taiwan, “price is not an issue, as long as I can work [here]”.
However, reports are now claiming that when the Taiwanese government wanted to engage him to shoot a series of promotional videos, the fee Anthony asked for was so high that negotiations broke down. According to the reports, Anthony asked to be paid NT$2.28mil (S$107,000), which was way over the production team’s expectations.
And when the production team asked if Anthony’s side was willing to lower the actor’s fees, his team refused to budge. Therefore, the project was a no-go in the end.
When reached for a comment, Anthony’s management denied the reports. They shared that Anthony’s schedule was too packed at the moment, as he’s still filming Heaven on the Fourth Floor.
“The truth is, [Anthony’s] filming schedule is pretty packed right now. Although the filming duration is short, it takes him an entire day to get ready to film, from putting on make-up to rehearsing. Therefore, we aren’t able to fit other projects into his schedule. The remuneration [for these projects] is not the main point here,” his manager said.