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Published: Thursday January 30, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday January 30, 2014 MYT 6:39:19 AM

Airwave assassins

Bad choice: The assassin suddenly realised that he shouldn’t have brought a camera to a gunfight. Star RFM 988 DJs KK Wong (left) and Cheryl Lee (Xin Yi) were roped into the cast for Bullets Over Petaling Street.

Bad choice: The assassin suddenly realised that he shouldn’t have brought a camera to a gunfight. Star RFM 988 DJs KK Wong (left) and Cheryl Lee (Xin Yi) were roped into the cast for Bullets Over Petaling Street.

Star RFM 988 DJs KK Wong and Cheryl Lee play a pair of lovestruck assassins in Bullets Over Petaling Street.

AS THEY are best known for their on-air chemistry and trademark fun banter, it was no surprise that Star RFM 988 DJs KK Wong and Cheryl Lee (who goes by Xin Yi on air) were roped into the cast of locally-produced Chinese action comedy movie Bullets Over Petaling Street.

The film, jointly made with Juita Viden and Golden Screen Cinemas, sees the DJ duo taking on the role of assassins – with Wong as Lee’s mentor, who develops feelings for her after taking her under his wing.

“I think (our inclusion in the movie is because) the director felt that we can bring some humour to the film,” said Lee during an interview with the two deejays in Petaling Jaya recently.

Although she enjoyed the filming process immensely, she also lamented that it could get rather difficult and challenging.

Star RFM 988 DJs KK Wong (right) and Cheryl Lee (Xin Yi) play assassins hired to kill Debbie Goh's triad boss lady, in Bullets Over Petaling Street.
Wong (right) as Lee’s mentor, develops feelings for her after taking her under his wing.

“On the first day of filming itself, I was atop a moving vehicle, holding a gun while shooting at a certain angle. Even though the gun was only a replica, the weight and features of it were designed like the real weapon, so I really got a lot of bruises on my arm that day! I had no training beforehand, but thankfully I still exercise regularly to maintain my fitness,” she explained.

Wong agreed that Lee’s role was a lot more gruelling than his own, as he didn’t have many action scenes. In fact, for the first half of the show, he is disguised as a photographer, with his secret identity as a killer only revealed later.

Just as the lead character Angel (played by actress Debbie Goh) undergoes a dozen different costume changes for each scene, Lee said she also has at least 10 different hairstyles for her part, which proved to be quite time-consuming. All the same, the vivacious 29-year-old, who previously played more genteel and girl-next-door roles, was also glad to be tackling the more aggressive personality of a hired assassin.

Meanwhile, Wong thinks that the movie turned out to be quite a breakthrough.

“Personally, I didn’t harbour too high expectations of this film, but I’ve heard lots of compliments from those who have watched it. That is such a big relief,” he said.

Both of them harbour hopes of becoming the main actor or actress one day in future films.

“Actually, I’m very versatile, and don’t just play comedy-related roles. This is something I hope directors can see. In fact, I’m quite good at shedding tears, and being a crybaby!” Wong quipped playfully.

Known for their on-air banter, Wong (left) and Lee were the perfect choice to bring a little humour to the movie.

Wong also claimed that he was approached by a real triad boss while shooting a scene in Petaling Street, though he had no inkling who the well-dressed man was at the time.

“He happened to recognise me, so he called my name and asked why we never informed him that we were coming here to film. I was a little surprised, because I didn’t know who he was. I thought he was just a fan! It was only later that I found out (who he was), when other crew members asked how I came to know a triad boss!” he recalled with a mock shudder.

Unlike previous years where the Kuala Lumpur native would usually spend the festive period travelling, Wong is staying put in the city this year, and will even be on duty on the first day of Chinese New Year.

Lee, who was born in Malacca but spent most of her formative years in Pahang, said her family is now living in Johor, but will be coming to visit her in KL so there are preparations to make at home.

Bullets Over Petaling Street opens in cinemas nationwide on Feb 13.


Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, Entertainment, Bullets Over Petaling Street, KK Wong, Cheryl Lee, Chinese New Year, assassins, roles, Juita Viden, GSC, DJs

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