Some 16 years ago, Andy Lau was the best man at Chapman To’s wedding to Kristal Tin.
But somewhere along the way, something happened to their friendship.
Recently, Taiwanese news website CTWANT reported that the two Hong Kong stars grew apart after Lau didn’t want to invest in a sequel starring To after the first movie – Isabella (2006) – did badly at the box office.
The report went on to say the two became close while working on the hit 2002 film Infernal Affairs, and it mentioned a rumour that Lau had offered his house to the younger man to help out the “then struggling actor”.
However, Chapman – who is based in Taiwan – set the record straight about the rumours with a posting on his Facebook page.
As translated by 8days.com, To called CTWANT out for “taking an old piece of fake news from over 10 years ago and reporting it as ‘new’ news”.
To stated: “Do you have evidence? Did you speak to the people involved? What! He lent me his house? 20 years ago, I paid HK$30,000 (RM16,054) a month in rent, is that considered particularly cheap?
“Have I asked him to invest in me? At that time, my boss was (Hongkong billionaire) Peter Lam. Is this person with the surname Lau richer than him?”
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To went on to clarify that he’s never been against Lau ... well, not until the 59-year-old decided to “support the Hongkong government in building trillions of artificial islands, going against the Hongkong people”.
“That’s when I started having my differences with this person,” Chapman, 49, revealed.
According to the 8days report, Chapman continued on with a rant against the inaccurate reports about him.
“If you’re seeking out fake news as an attempt to attack me ‘cos of our opposing political stances, (expletive), I have zero tolerance for that! I have an indomitable spirit and I’m not afraid of power, and I’m especially not afraid of lackeys!”