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Cover Story WINE.LUXE Cover People | 2017  Jun - Jul 

 

Intoxicate to the World of Script Wayne Lai

醉 心 劇 本 世 界 黎 耀 祥

A professional actor is same as a fine wine that involves the challenges of multiple processes and time. Wayne Lai, the 3 times TVB Anniversary award winning actor, who has worked as an actor for over 30 years. With the great achievement in television industry, Wayne has paid plenty of time to immerse himself into his  roles, hence he has gained elite acting skills but sacrifice lot of time to spend with his family. How does Wayne treat his time on work and on family?

THE AFFECTION OF FATHER AND SON

During Wayne’s highschool period, he had already participated on drama for his leisure activity. Then his first job was TVB (Television Broadcasts Limited) after graduation, however the funniest thing was he work as an office employee but not an actor. “With the strong belief of the division of blue collar and white collar job in 1980s and the opinions of my dad ‘A good learning guarantee comfortable workplace’, so I decided to find an office job. TVB replied my job application soon and I worked for Advertising and Programming department. I still think working in TVB is arranged by fate. Then my interest on actor was gradually increased, and decided to enroll the acting training course. Eventually I have become an actor until now.”

Throughout the prolonged acting career, Wayne pays his whole effort to analyze the background of the era and explore the characteristic of the role. Sometimes he even discussed with his son “My son has his own thought when he grows up. I am glad that his mind is keen enough to discuss the society and news with me. Occasionally my son also offer some comments for my role, which allows me to have other understanding for the script. ” Although this busy father still have to work on public holidays, he cherishes every moment with his son “We will communicate with Whatsapp frequently even we don’t meet each other. Car and fashion are our common discussion threads. Then I will spend time to hang out with my family members for dinner. Our activities might look simple but the atmosphere is great, just like friends stay together. ”

THE ENJOYMENT OF WORK


Wayne claimed he might not celebrate on the exact date of Father’s Day, as he has to handle two important jobs “Recently I have just finished the musical ‘The Storm Show 5D’ in Hong Kong. Afterward, I have to rehearse again for the mainland tour which is performed in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Nanjing etc. Also, I will participate on producer Amy Wong’s new drama series in June.” The actor does not whine about his zillion of work, it is because he receives new experience from his new works everytime. “ ‘The Storm Show’ is not my first stage show, but this time I need to manage act, movement and sing at the same time, it is much more difficult than before. However, the grand scene design and the upsurge atmosphere enhance my willingness to fall into the surging world of the plot. For the drama series, I wish to play with a story with the background of time, the clear analysis of character and era, that kind of plot has high and low moments, and the participation process definitely fulfill my acting desire.” The 3 times award winning actors stated he will mainly staying at home and do not hang out with friends when he enters to the acting mode, as purposed to put his entire passion into the role.

WINE IS AN IMPORTANT SECTION IN LIFE

Acting occupies the major part of Wayne’s life, the remaining part is the gathering with family members and friends. However, wine witnesses these conditions “Wine is part of the major section of our life, we drink different wine at different occasion— Champagne or Sparkling wine is a great choice to drink with my colleagues at the celebration feast, my family members will taste red wine with me during holiday.”


Actually Wayne also favours with beer, but wine is more unforgettable for him “Red wine has a more complex texture, and its variety and style are richer than beer. Winemaking is similar to acting, both of them also take time to mature and face different trials. Thus, you can also feel the beautiful experiences from the taste of a fine wine.” When I ask what kind of wine is the most acceptable and most unacceptable for Wayne, he answered without any hesitation “I think French wine is the best, it performs excellently no matter with elegant or powerful style. I am not a wine expert so I don’t think of which type of wine or regional wine is bad. But “wine mixing” is not my type, someone dares to mix Champagne and soda together. This act does not only destroying the original personality of the wine, and others have a bad impression on you. ”

成為一枝頂級好酒是要歷盡多個工序和時間考驗,對專業演員可謂道理一樣。在影視界工作超過30年的3屆視帝黎耀祥(祥仔),在電視發展成績有目共睹,當中祥仔花了不少時間投入角色來換取精湛演技,但同時亦犠牲不少與家人的時間。在忙碌的工作時間表,祥仔又怎樣看待自己與工作和家庭的時間?

父與子情感

祥仔其實早在中學時已經參與戲劇演出,畢業後首份工作亦是TVB,但最搞笑的是他當初不是當演員,而是文職:「當時80年代我們將藍領和白領工作觀念分得頗重,加上受父親說話影響『讀好書坐冷氣房』,所以一心想在辦工室工作,無獨有偶TVB很快回信,我當時在廣告及節目編排部工作。都可以說是緣份注定。然後我慢慢覺得自己對演員有興趣,決定報讀演技訓練班課程,最終便擔任演員到現在。」

透過多年拍攝,祥仔接收劇本後都會盡力探討劇集時代背景和鑽研和角色性格。有時還會與兒子討論:「阿仔長大後有自己看法,我亦都很開心因為佢思想都幾敏銳,不論對社會時事佢都會跟我討論,有時我的角色佢都會提供意見,令我會對劇本有其他見解。」這位工作繁忙的父親在公眾假期依然拍戲,所以更會珍借與兒子相處:「平時少見面都會經常Whatsapp傾計,大家又會講車和時尚話題,然後一家人出外吃飯。簡簡單單但氣氛好融洽,好似朋友咁相處。」

享受工作

說起父親節,祥仔指可能不會在正日慶祝,皆因他接下來要應付兩項重要工作:「早前在香港完成風雲5D音樂舞台劇後,馬上便要繼續綵排。稍後會在廣州、上海、南京等城市演出。6月還會接拍王心慰監製的新劇集。」即使有很多工作應付,祥仔亦沒有半點怨言,因為每一次接到新工作都會有新體驗:「風雲不是我首部舞台劇,不過這次演戲同時要配合動作和唱歌,難度較高,但配合華麗場景和紅館的氣氛高漲有助我更投入澎湃洶湧的劇情。在電視角色我想拍一些時代背景深刻的劇本,對人物或年代的分析都很透徹,這樣情節跌蕩大,發揮機會也較高,這個過程絕對滿足戲癮。」這位三屆視帝指出一旦進入拍攝過程,他就會盡量不出門不約朋友吃飯,只會醉心做好角色。

酒是生活的重要環節

在祥仔生活中裏,除了拍戲佔據了大部分,其餘都是與家人友人相處時間,而這些情況都被酒見證:「酒是生活的其中一個重要環節,唔同場合都有機會飲唔同酒。慶功宴同事都會開香檳汽酒;放假在優游的情況會和家人飲紅酒。」其實啤酒祥仔都會飲,但葡萄酒會較深刻:「始終紅酒層次較複雜,變化和風味都較啤酒豐厚。另外釀酒同演技一樣,都是需要時間浸淫,需要面對唔同考驗,所以品嚐到好酒的話同會感受到它的美好經歷。」問到祥仔最接受和最不接受的酒,馬上立刻回答:「法國酒我覺得最好,無論優雅還是壯實的風格都做得出色。我唔會覺得有邊一個地區或酒類唔好,始終我不是專家,不過好唔鍾意『溝酒』,有人真係會香檳汽水一起溝,破壞了酒的原有風味,同時失禮自己。」

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