23 Jan – "Killer Not Stupid" marks a number of firsts for Singaporean director Jack Neo. It's the first time he shot a movie in Taiwan, the first time he works on a "killer"-themed movie, and the first time for him to work with Taiwanese singer-actor Jay Shih.
At the press conference held at Malaysia's mmCineplexes eCurve yesterday, the director revealed a funny story of how he came to cast his lead actor Jay.
"I think you're hearing this for the first time too," he told the bemused actor.
He proceeded to tell the story of how during the audition process, when he went to the restroom, he passed by a poster bearing Jay's image and the actor seemed to be staring hard at him. He recognised the actor and decided to ask his crew to contact Jay to come in for the audition.
"He arrived in just a couple of minutes", Jack said, adding that he was even wearing clothes that revealed his toned physique. "Exactly how an assassin should look."
The actor laughed and said that he did not dress like that on purpose, that was just how he happened to look at the time. Since he was a big fan of the director, he only thought of rushing to the audition the moment he received the call.
Jay admitted that as he grew up watching Jack's movies, it was a dream come true for him to be working with the director.