Multilingual French-Russian actor Philippe Joly looked for a niche to fill in Hong Kong film, and quickly realised he had the face of a “bad guy” rather than a romantic lead. Since then he’s “died a lot”, he says. Photo: Tory Ho

Actor on playing the white villain in Hong Kong film, and how he spotted a ‘bad guy’ niche to fill

  • Philippe Joly has died opposite Andy Lau, Chow Yun-fat, Jackie Chan, John Cusack and boyhood hero Jean-Claude Van Damme since moving to Hong Kong
  • In one of his first films, Frenchman was only allowed one take and got danger money – ‘Well, it’s explosives’, they said; now his goal is to snare better roles
Topic |   Asian cinema

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Multilingual French-Russian actor Philippe Joly looked for a niche to fill in Hong Kong film, and quickly realised he had the face of a “bad guy” rather than a romantic lead. Since then he’s “died a lot”, he says. Photo: Tory Ho
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