Dropped from new movie, Aaron Aziz says director Syamsul Yusof made him take injections to lose weight for his role


Syamsul Yusof (right) said that Aaron Aziz (left) was dropped from his latest film due to 'age, weight and health' concerns. Photos: Filepic, Syamsul Yusof/Instagram

Popular actor Datuk Aaron Aziz has accused director Syamsul Yusof of making him take injections to lose weight for the upcoming film, The Original Gangster – which he was dropped from.

The revelation comes a day after Syamsul, 38, told local media on Wednesday (March 22) that Aaron was dropped from his action film due to "age, weight and health" concerns.

In an Instagram video Thursday (March 23) night, Aaron, 47, said he had taken multiple injections at Syamsul's request to achieve the weight the Mat Kilau director wanted for the character.

"You (Syamsul) sent me a photo saying this was how you wanted my body to look like (for the movie) and I told you on WhatsApp that I'd need to go for injections to make my body look that.

"You told me to go (for the injection). I went multiple times. Whenever I wanted to meet you to show my progress, you didn't want to see me.

"You come to my house nicely when you need something but throw me aside like rubbish when I'm not needed," he lamented.

In his video, Aaron admitted that he found it "impossible" to achieve the desired weight for his role in The Original Gangster as he was not given enough time to prepare.

Despite that, the actor said he would spend four hours daily training in preparation for his role.

"I had just finished shooting for Geng Mamak which required me to train for six months. Your movie started filming a month later and you wanted me to lose weight in such a short time.

"It's impossible but I still tried my best. I was at around 99kg last time. Now, I'm at 90kg," he said.

On March 22, Syamsul told the press that the decision to pull Aaron out of the lineup was made collectively by him, the production crew, producers and cast members.

He said that he had no choice but to drop the actor as he didn't want Aaron to risk any injuries on set.

"I'm was afraid that some of the action scenes might affect Aaron's health because Aaron said he has a slipped disc condition," he said.

Syamsul added that he also delayed the shooting of the movie to give Aaron time to get back into shape, but he said that Aaron "failed to do so".

"I called him and apologised for the whole situation because I'm the last person who wants to drop Aaron's name from the film," Syamsul said.

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