[News] Kevin Cheng Works 16 Hours a Day for “Hua Xu Yin”.
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Kevin Cheng’s (鄭嘉穎) stardom, and net worth, skyrocketed after starring in 2011’s Bu Bu Jing Xin < 步步惊心>. With all of these money-making opportunities coming to knock at his door, Kevin is also faced with many difficult decisions to make.
After much thought, Kevin finally decided to turn down the Bu Bu Jing Xin sequel in order to film Hua Xu Yin < 华胥引>. Being paid for as much as 350,000 RMB per episode, the Hong Kong actor will earn approximately 14 million RMB for his starring role in the fantasy drama.
But high popularity and high net worth always come at a cost. In order to finish the production before June – when the sequel of Kevin Cheng’s Ip Man <叶问> television series is to begin shooting – Kevin calculated that he must work at least 16 hours a day on the Hua Xu Yin set to reach the June deadline.
An insider revealed, “Kevin told the director that he didn’t mind working on a laborious schedule as long as production finishes by the end of May. He told the crew that the schedule rundown didn’t have to accommodate him too much.”
Kevin churned out over 40,000 RMB to hire a driver and a recreational van – which has now become Kevin’s portable home – to bring him to the Hua Xu Yin set every day. In between takes, Kevin would rest in his van and eat a quick lunch. Even Kevin’s after-lunch smoking became quick and brisk. Kevin’s break would take no longer than 20 minutes.
Kevin to Return to TVB
Although Kevin is now focusing his career in mainland China, he is still under TVB’s management. A source disclosed that TVB executive, Virginia Lok (樂易玲), has been busy planning for Kevin’s return to TVB at the end of the year.
Kevin’s successful career was carefully cultivated by TVB and Virginia Lok. When she notified him that she was expecting him to return soon, Kevin “immediately said yes” and assured that he would not be accepting any mainland dramas at the end of the year to make room for his TVB schedule, the source claimed.