Peng's 'ugly' role in Call Of Heroes a tribute to Brando
TAIWANESE actor Eddie Peng regards his new role in upcoming action thriller Call Of Heroes as a salute to late American star Marlon Brando.
Followed by 21 million fans on Sina Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, the 34-year-old actor is hailed as a heart-throb by many female fans.
But in Call Of Heroes, he stars as a rebellious warrior with a thick beard and a long scar on his face, sparking complaints about looking "ugly" from some of his fans.
But the handsome actor seems to cherish his new role, and describes it as "a coincidence to have a similar look" as his idol Brando in an old American movie.
"I take it as a salute to Brando and hope I could one day perform as well as the Hollywood legend," he said.
Taiwan rocker A-Shin has tailored two theme songs, respectively titled Steal Heart and Call Of Heroes, for the US$32 million (S$42.8 million) title.
The celebrity-studded movie, directed by award-winning Benny Chan, will open in Chinese cinemas on Aug 12.
Set in 1914 following the collapse of China's last feudal dynasty, the tale follows a group of people set against a cruel, young warlord in the turbulent era.
The cast also includes Louis Koo and Sean Lau.
ASIA NEWS NETWORK