Feel free to joke with singer Gary Chaw about the black mark on his career.
His fellow Malaysian star Eric Moo certainly had no qualms during the Singapore media junket for the upcoming film Ice Kacang Puppy Love (left), held at Food Republic in VivoCity on 15 April.
Veteran singer-actor Moo, 47, butted in when the press conference emcee quizzed Chaw about his ruffian role in the film, a nostalgic story of unrequited love that is the directorial debut of singer Ah Niu, opening in cinemas 22 April.
“Gary’s only ‘displeasure’ over the film was that he didn’t have enough fighting scenes,” Moo proclaimed, interrupting Chaw in mid-sentence. “It doesn’t match his everyday life!”
The 30-year-old Chaw (below right, with co-star Fish Leong), popularly known as Cao Ge, made his big-screen debut by playing a disagreeable young man who frequently tussles with a tomboy character played by leading lady Angelica Lee.
Speaking of tussles, Chaw had gotten into a much-publicised drunken brawl in Hong Kong with his friend, singer-songwriter Justin Lo – also the godfather of Chaw’s infant son – last September. The pair subsequently expressed remorse over the incident and claimed that their relationship had not changed.
Attempting to answer the emcee’s question again, Chaw started to say that the film required him to be involved in several little scuffles, before Moo interrupted a second time.
“No beer to drink, (not enough) fights to fight – in the end, all these scenes went to Angelica!” Moo joked, before proceeding to upstage Lee as she tried to describe a scene where her character stamps on Chaw’s character’s crotch.
“I beat him up pretty badly, and I get to slap him, but there’s nothing compared (to the stamp),” she said. Moo continued for her: “That kick could count as Angelica avenging Justin Lo! What’s more, it was a stamp squarely in the middle (of Gary’s nether regions)!”
Even though the crowd of reporters and members of the public laughed heartily in response to Moo’s repeated digs, a smiling Chaw did not lose his composure and remained seemingly cool and unfazed.
He later told inSing.com that he was “used to it, because the incident is over” and that he has “put it behind” him.
“He (Eric) can joke all he wants, because I joke about it all the time. Everybody laughs about it now,” Chaw said. “I think it’s the best thing that’s ever happened in my life; going through it has changed me.
“I’ve definitely learned a lot: how to be a better person – better son, better husband, better brother, and better friend. I have learned a lot.”