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Actress Maggie Cheung says she's not retiring, but waiting for film she cares about

Actress Maggie Cheung says she's not retiring, but waiting for film she cares about

Maggie Cheung, one of Hong Kong's best-known actresses, says her disappearance from the big screen since her last film, "Clean," doesn't mean she is retiring, but it would take a refreshing role that moves her to get her back in the limelight.
"I would never ever use the word 'retire.' I think now, for me, cinema is a thing on the side," she said in an interview in the January issue of Prestige Hong Kong magazine.
Cheung, who won the best actress award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in "Clean," said she was fed up with working on films and with crews she didn't care about.
"I would rather just live my life than be on the film set for some film with people you don't care about," she said. "I hated the whole process of making it and then I have to protect it because it is acclaimed as being great."
One of the movies she admitted to not caring about was Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai's "2046." "I don't feel anything for that film, I'm sorry to say, because I only worked two days," she said.
A film part that triggers what Cheung hasn't felt in a role before may bring her back, she added.
"I can play a femme fatale or a woman cleaning the toilet. But in terms of what she goes through, I have to be curious about them and the journey they take," she said.
Before "Clean," Cheung appeared in Wong Kai-wai's "In the Mood for Love" (2000) and Chinese director Zhang Yimou's "Hero" (2002).


Updated : 2021-03-09 02:56 GMT+08:00