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Nov. 29, 2008 - Lian He Bao

It was reported that ZZ's Jerk and Hero was planned to be broadcasted during the Chinese New Year on PTS (Public Television Service), but as the project is unable to finish on time, so Yan Cheng Xu's Starlit will be broadcasted at that time instead to "save the fire". Then ZZ's drama will be broadcasted after Starlit.

For now, Starlit will be broadcasted on CCTV, and the initial broadcast copyright in TW was obtained by PTS. It is planned to start the initial broadcast by late January. PTS has decided to apply the nomination of Golden Bell's Best Actor Award for Yan Cheng Xu. After realizing PTS' plan, although he has never been nominated for Golden Bell Award, he answered in low profile, "I try hard when filming every drama. I don't think about that (award) too much."

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By James Gabrillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Last updated 01:10:00 11/15/2008

VAN Ness Wu isn’t two steps through the door before I understand his entire career. On paper, his clean-cut all-Asian good looks make him an unlikely choice to play a suave university student in the wildly popular Taiwanese idol series “Meteor Garden.” Earlier this year we saw him play a part in the epic period film “Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon.” He’s one-fourth of the pop music group F4, now known as JYKV. Why then, you have to wonder, the need to play a guy who experiences an emotional rollercoaster so vigorous and never-before-seen that I’m actually quite nervous for Animax.

In “LaMB,” Van Ness lends his voice to bring to life the character of Dr. Jack Griswold, a man suffering the pain and despair of moving on after the loss of his wife, the struggle against the system of virtual imprisonment, and the helplessness and anguish of his seemingly doomed romance with a prisoner named Eve. Clearly, this is a character unlike those he played before.

But Van Ness says this one is something he’s truly proud of. “I’m very excited about my involvement,” he tells me in an exclusive interview. “Jack is a very complex character with many facets and strong emotions, and I am looking forward to meeting the challenges to bring him to life.”

F4 in 2D

When the producers of the series approached Van Ness and offered him the role, he found it such a privilege. Van Ness admits that ironically, while his face won’t be seen on screen, he thinks this is one role critics and fans will remember him playing.

“To be a part of any type of animation project is nothing but a dream come true,” he says. “I love the way that animation is able to create different worlds, different times. It challenges you to explore the imagination.”

Not surprising to hear from someone who grew up glued to varied Japanese animated series. “Ninja School, Akira, Gunbuster, Robotech, Naruto, Evangelion, Samurai Champloo—the list goes on and on,” he recalls. “I’m a big dork and a bit of a nerd. When I was young my cousins and I were too involved with gadgets and we were all crazy over animation.”

Dub-le trouble

While recording his dubs, Van Ness got entangled with a little challenge that he never foresaw—bringing out the extra dark emotions the role demands while caged inside a small, cold audio booth.

“There were no actors or actresses that were picked at that time. So pretty much the only other sound I was hearing was from the vocal producer at the other room,” he says. “And sometimes the simple throwaway lines like ‘I like to get a cup of water’ are the hardest to say.”

Silence of the LaMB

A few hours after I talked to him, I caught him being interviewed on television. It was a press conference—probably his one hundredth in the last week, I thought. When Van Ness entered the room, he walked with his head bowed down and eyes turned inward. Later he revealed that perhaps he got too burdened by inner turmoil after internalizing his character too much.

He kept his olive-drab military cap on backwards as he slid quietly on the spotlight, so only a few wisps of his auburn hair slipped free. The high cheekbones suddenly seemed skeletal, the large eyes clouded. While "LaMB" is a project for young audiences, Van Ness seems very much aware that this is his most mature role to date.

I continued to watch the press con. When someone asked about his childhood addiction to anything animated, Van Ness’ face lit up. It was one of only a handful of smiles I got to witness, but the effect is as remarkable as it is disconnected: his eyes clear, his body slouching rakishly against the chair. For the moment, he was easy-going and seemed to have no idea.

All grown up

As the press con wrapped up and I recalled our conversation early that day, I thought that Van Ness Wu is a likeable chap, if a little guarded. He tells you, “I’m guarded” and crosses his arms over himself. Then he tries, with admirable humanity, to un-guard himself for you.

The more mature Van Ness Wu is a Van Ness Wu who seems to have traded vanity in for something more useful: a color-palette of nuances and delicately tuned emotional truths. You don’t have to be an actor or a Buddhist to notice that he has impressive interior design—he’s done a dutiful job of his own character construction.

Not that he couldn’t still be vain if he felt like it. He still has movie-star good looks. He just prefers to wear it inside out these days. He’s filled up now, and looks better than ever.

“LaMB,” Animax Asia’s first HD original animation production, is premiering in early 2009 across Asia. It is based on the award-winning script submitted by Filipino viewer and amateur writer Carmelo Juinio to the Animax Awards 2007 pan-Asia scriptwriting contest.


Taiwan Golden Horse - Vanness Wu

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Vanness Wu is Dr. Grisworld in Animax Asia’s ‘LaMB’

Vanness Wu is Dr. Grisworld in Animax Asia’s ‘LaMB’

Walden Sadiri

who does not know pop-Asian star Vanness Wu?

In the Philippines alone, he became a household name as a member of the Asian boy band F4 whose TV series " Meteor Garden " and Meteor Rain" became phenomenal hits as their shows invaded nationwide Pinoy TV.

While in Asia, the Taiwanese-American artist is also a recording star as well as a movie actor whose most recent movie was "The Three Kingdoms: Ressurection of the Dragon." There’s more to expect from Van Ness Wu as he is working on a number of projects and one of them "LaMB," Animax Asia’s first multimedia, multiplatform (for online, mobile and television) and HD original animation production.

In a phone interview with select members of the Asian press, Vanness said he didn’t know how he was chosen to be a part of a big Asian animated project like "LaMB" but is nonetheless pleased he was cast. Fortunately for him they were looking for someone who could speak fluent English and Mandarin because "LaMB" is going to be dubbed in those languages among other versions.

"I’m just very grateful it fell on my lap...when they approached and asked me about it, I was looking at the artwork and I was looking at the story and I decided it was a great project to climb on board. It was such a big animation project," explained the actor who was handpicked for the role.

His second time in voice acting in "LaMB," it is also his first voice acting in English. So how different is voice acting from regular acting?

"Well, you don’t have to worry about camera angles as much because there’s no camera," he kidded on the phone. "Sometimes the simple lines like I like to get a cup of water. You have to do a couple more takes just to get the proper effect because it is animation. Some of the simple throw away lines instead you have to be a little bit more specific in the way you say it."

He added that one of the biggest challenges for voice acting was that the artwork was not yet finished when he started dubbing for it.

"There were no actors or actresses that were picked at that time. So pretty much the only other sound I was hearing was from the vocal producer at the other room. She really helped me get into the character and helped get me get more details of what’s going on the room and things going around and God Bless her for being so professional," he said.

Vanness Wu plays Dr. Jack Grisworld. "LaMB" is about the protagonists Jack and Eve’s struggle against planet Cerra’s Lamination system of imprisonment — criminals called LaMBs are kept in laminated suits to remain productive. Yet they remain imprisoned inside their laminated suits. Eve is an ex-scientist serving her sentence in the suit having accidentally taken innocent lives in an experiment gone wrong, while Jack is a visiting scientist immersing himself in work to forget his dead wife. Inadvertently, Jack gets pulled into the political system of Lamination and a romance with Eve.

So does he relate to his character being a pop star or a matinee idol?

Vanness Wu could actually relate to his character since he considers himself, like Dr. Grisworld, a nerd.

He expounded, "Growing up, me and my cousins, my cousin is like a big computer engineer guy and we are all into animation and the geeky stuffs that some might say but I find it very cool. I was able to relate with him a little bit and I kinda got my cousin’s personality in my cartoon character."

Though he could not describe how he would like himself interpreted if he was an animé character, he is simply thrilled to be working in "LaMB."

"I am very excited about my involvement in Animax’s inaugural animation production as it looks set to reach out to Asian youths in a big way across multiple media platforms. Jack is a very complex character with many facets and strong emotions, and I am looking forward to meeting the challenges to bring him to life in LaMB," said Vanness Wu in an interview with Animax.

Directed by Ryosuke Tei, from the storyboards Yasufumi Soejima, "LaMB" is slated for a 2009 opening. Other international artists involved in "LaMB" are Canadian pop punk band Simple Plan and American rock band The Click Five. The former’s "I Can Wait Forever" is the show’s title track.

When asked who is Vanness Wu’s favorite cartoon character, he mentioned a lot but what came to mind was Naruto.

"Because of his heart. He has a great big heart and he believes in something he dreams and he pursues and goes after that no matter what and he doesn’t let anyone stand on his way," he concluded.

source: Manila Bulletin Online

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