Chin Han: Forever a villain?
Text & Photos: Joanna Goh
Video: Foong Mien Shi
Does the name ‘Chin Han’ ring a bell? Well, it should. He’s the one and only Singaporean actor who managed to carve a career (and some fame) in the mammoth movie industry of the west (Hollywood), and can be seen in blockbuster productions such as Dark Knight, 2012, Contagion and most recently TV series Last Resort. In short, he’s not just a one-hit wonder.
Now, how often do we get that in Singapore – where our local actors, directors and musicians find it hard (and a lifelong challenge) to achieve any form of recognition or success in our miniscule industry – much less, glitzy Hollywood…?
If you’re unconvinced, the 44-year-old will be starring in yet another upcoming 2014 Marvel superhero movie – Captain America: The Winter Soldier for which he got to “spend time filming” with Oscar award-winning actor-director, Robert Redford.
Unbelievable? Even Chin Han thinks so, as he likened his past six to seven years in Hollywood to “a dream”, at his interview with xinmsn in Raffles Hotel yesterday.
Filming with Michelle Yeoh (as her onscreen husband in Final Recipe), being on set with Morgan Freeman and spending weeks with Marion Cotillard, who he adds, “was absolutely brilliant in La Vie En Rose,” are some perks of the job he still finds unbelievable today.
“The part about getting fame – I don’t really care about [or find unbelievable]. But getting to work with these people IS unbelievable.” And that’s all there is to it, said the Singapore actor, who admittedly tries not to get too star struck when on the set with these A-listers.
Serangoon Road actors from L-R: Ario Bayu, Pamelyn Chee, Chin Han, Sam Callaghan and Alaric Tay
“It gets in the way of things. I get star struck on my own time (laughs), but again, I’m very grateful [for all these opportunities].”
From playing Lau in Gotham City to Kay Song in Serangoon Road (his 2013 “homecoming project” in Singapore), Chin Han tells us more about his time spent in Hollywood and his dreams to star in an wuxia drama (specifically, play Yang Guo in Condor Heroes) based on Louis Cha’s (aka Jin Yong) novels. Read on for more.
Joan Chen, Don Hany, Chin Han, Pamelyn Chee, Alaric Tay and Ario Bayu co-stars in this 1960’s noir detective series. Catch Serangoon Road starting from Sep 22, every Sunday, 9pm on HBO.