Simon Yam News: October-December 2002
December 2nd: While attending an anti-drug event organized by HK Cable, Simon Yam
commented on the recent rash of Hong Kong celebrities arrested for drunk driving
(Suki Kwan, Tony Leung Ka Fai), as translated by Sanney: "There's actually nothing
wrong with drinking. It's just that you must not drive afterwards because driving
drunk makes you a danger to society. You could be affecting the lives of mothers,
fathers and children."
OK, you've gotta love the irony of appearing at an anti-drug event and defending
the mostly widely abused drug on Earth- alcohol. Just a few days later, entertainer
Gallen Lo was arrested for drunk driving after crashing his car and hospitalizing 2
other people. He abandoned the scene and when police found him, his blood
alcohol level was over 3 times the legal limit. Yeah, drinking's harmless.
November 29th: Still recovering from her cold, Qi Qi returned from Shanghai and
attended a charity banquet with Simon and other celebrities. She was concerned
about sleeping on her flight in case there were terrorists on board.
Image: Sing Pao
Oct. 26th: Despite having the flu, Qi Qi modelled dead animals at the 2002
fur fashion show in Beijing.
Oct. 10th: Simon Yam has accepted a role in the upcoming sequel to Paramount
Pictures' blockbuster TOMB RAIDER (2001) starring Oscar winner Angelina Jolie.
Much of the film will reportedly be shot in Hong Kong. Simon will play a villain
who is in possession of a magic crystal which Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) is
after. TOMB RAIDER 2 will be directed by Jan de Bont, who made SPEED, THE
HAUNTING, and TWISTER. It's scheduled for a summer 2003 release.
Simon Yam begins filming in England on October 21st. When asked how much he
would be paid for his work in TOMB RAIDER 2, he smiled.. and would only disclose
that the sum was more than he would get in Hong Kong. He added that his main
concern is perfecting his English pronounciation and grammar.
Image (right): Oriental Daily
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