80s action star Yuen Wah earns $323 a month?
Hong Kong action star Yuen Wah’s salary is said to be a mere HK$2000 (approximately S$323), putting him among the ranks of many other Hong Kong celebrities who live in poverty.
The 62-year-old has been trying to build his career in China for the past two years, but to no avail. Nowadays, he mostly participates in low-budget projects and cameos.
Although he undergoes rigorous 12-hour filming schedules whenever he accepts a project, his salary remains low, draining him both physically and mentally.
Netizens were appalled when they found that his endorsement fee for an online game was even lower than what a Weibo personality gets for writing a simple post.
Yuen Wah was part of the popular Peking opera troupe “Qi Xiao Fu (Seven Little Fortunes), along with Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung, and made a career for himself with his exceptional martial arts skills. He was once the body double for renowned martial artist Bruce Lee, and the antagonistic characters that he played enjoyed popularity amongst the audience.
The actor clinched the “Best Supporting Actor” award at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2005 after a successful turn in Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle, but unfortunately, his income and paychecks did not increase significantly.
He once spoke of his sorrows in an interview, revealing the hardship that many lesser celebrities go through: “Increase the price? Who’s going to hire you if you increase the price, I’ll take any project, it’s fine as long as I can get by.”
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