Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau is promoting his latest film, Moscow Mission.
Helmed by famed filmmaker Herman Yau – known for directing the movies The Untold Story (1993), Shock Wave (2017) and The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (2019) – Moscow Mission is a film about the notorious Sino-Russia train robbery that took place in the 1990s.
The film sees Lau, 62, playing the sifu of Miao Qingshan (Huang Xuan), the leader of the crime organisation planning the train heist.
In a recent interview with China's Xinhua News Agency, Lau, 62, spoke about the challenges and risks police officers face while performing their duties.
The Heavenly King also acknowledged that some would go as far as laying down their lives for the sake of justice.
Reflecting on this valiant spirit displayed by police officers, Lau said that he would willingly do the same if he were to be a cop.
"If I were a police officer, I would (sacrifice myself) for the country without hesitation. That's where my values lie.
"Jobs that require a special background like firefighters and police officers... I think they all involve individuals dedicating their lives to protect other lives."
On Sept 26, Lau attended the film's premiere in Beijing, China, where he aired his frustrations about the scarcity of offers for antagonist roles in films – adding that he had no idea why directors keep overlooking him for such parts.
The actor previously brought antagonists to life in shows like Infernal Affairs (2002), Protege (2007) and Shaolin (2011). However, he pointed out that all those characters had compelling motivations for their villainous actions and that he was looking for something different.
"I simply want to be a villain (without any sympathetic backstories)... just be the bad guy," he said.
Moscow Mission also stars Chinese actors Zhang Hanyu and Jason Gu as well as Hong Kong actress Janice Man.