Movies Featuring Taiwanese Actor to Reshoot After Drugs Arrest
Ko Chen-tung is the first high-profile victim of public morality crusade in the entertainment industry
Producers of the successful Tiny Times franchise in China are planning to remake sections of Tiny Times 4.0 after scenes featuring Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung were deleted following his drug arrest with Jaycee Chan, son of veteran Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan.
The report was carried on M1905, which is the official website of the state broadcaster’s movie channel, CCTV6.
And there were also reports that Ko would be taken out of Monster Hunt, the live-action debut of Chinese animation director Raman Hui, who co-directed Shrek The Third.
And separate stories on official state media said that the actor and model Hu Dong had been detained for drug use.
Ko and Chan were detained after they were found smoking marijuana at a foot massage parlor in Beijing, and the Taiwanese actor is the first high-profile casualty of a morality crusade in the Chinese entertainment business.
Tiny Times creator Guo Jingming had indicated that he may have to cut Ko out of Tiny Times 4.0 after the incident.
The all-powerful State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARPPFT) has warned production companies not to hire stars involved in prostitution, gambling or drug abuse for their shows.
Ko has already lost out on a number of celebrity endorsements, which reportedly include Quaker Oat Company, Maybelline, Canon and KFC.
Also, because of his arrest, he will not be able to enter mainland China for at least two years.