Canine co-star gives actor dogged determination to do well

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 August, 2007, 12:00am

For his new mooncake commercial, veteran entertainer Eric Tsang Chi-wai was quite intimidated by his co-star, an 11-year-old golden retriever named HiFi. It's not that the dog was scary or threatening, he was just such a pro when it came to acting.

'The two things actors never want to work with are children and animals because you can't blame them when things go wrong, and you can't really communicate with them. But when I arrived on the set that day, HiFi had already shot a lot of his parts and the director was saying how well behaved he was. I was feeling some pressure then to perform well too,' the actor joked at a press conference on Wednesday.

'HiFi was really easy to work with and he's smart, giving me all sorts of different expressions. He knew when to step forward when I opened the door, he blinked, and he was even acting with his tail. After about three hours, we were done.'

The Kee Wah Bakery and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are initiating a charity drive in which proceeds from mooncake sales will be directed to the animal shelter.

In light of a recent news story about a woman bitten by her golden retriever, SPCA president and ambassador Gigi Fu Ming-hin (right, with Tsang) said it had not led to people abandoning or worrying about the breed, which is normally known for its docile nature.

'In fact, a lot of people phoned to find out how to adopt that dog, which is now in the hands of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department,' the actress said.