Double take on Deng

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 June, 2004, 12:00am

Some could say that a career can be built on much less. For thirty-something Lu Qi, his acting career is something to be proud of. Not everyone could play the role of Deng Xiaoping - more than 30 times. The actor had a red-letter day in Hong Kong, touring the city yesterday with the Pearl River Delta Foundation, which is led by none other than the Guangdong provincial government's propaganda department (at least they are not shy about what their agenda is).

One stop was Madame Tussaud's wax museum where Lu (pictured above) took a closer look at the wax figure of Deng Xiaoping, who he says is a 'generous person and a great leader'. The film premier, of Deng Xiaoping, is a fundraising event for the One Country Two Systems Research Institute.

CitySeen was told security was tight for the event last night with guests including our own leader Tung Chee-hwa, Elsie Leung Oi-sie, Chief Secretary for Justice, and other important mainland representatives, among the 2,600 invited pro-Beijing guests. Unlucky for us, Hong Kong has not picked up distribution rights for the movie.

But is Lu really the spitting image of Deng? To the untrained eye he is. 'My face and body shape is similar, but if you look closely my eyes and eyebrows need adjustment,' Lu says.

When asked how it feels to be pigeonholed as Deng, he says, 'No, I have played other roles besides this, once I even played Sun Yat-sen.'

If you look closely, Lu looks more like Sun than Deng. Eerie.