Ng Man Tat, 70, Says He’s Not Fully Recovered And Could Hardly Breathe While Shooting This Movie Scene
Much has been said about Hongkong comedian Ng Man Tat’s health recently. The 70-year-old, who was diagnosed with heart failure in 2014, has been photographed looking increasingly frail in recent years.
Despite reassuring everyone that his condition has improved, Man Tat was seen clutching his chest in agony during a photoshoot just last month.
Some suspected that he’d suffered a heart attack during the shoot.
And during a recent appearance on the Chinese variety show Trump Card, Man Tat came clean about the state of his health.
The comedian admitted that he “has not fully recovered” from his health scare in 2014, even adding that he thought he was about "to die" at one point.
But even as he struggled to return to the pink of health, Man Tat continued working whenever possible, with a new movie, The Legend of Shaolin Temple, released in theatres earlier this year.
Which is why when Man Tat made his appearance on Trump Card, all the guests immediately gave him a standing ovation as show of respect.
However, the story that Man Tat would go on to share only made the guests, as well as the audience, even more worried for the comedian.
According to Man Tat, filming for the 2019 sci-fi movie, The Wandering Earth, was one of the most painful shoots he had to endure. At that time, his body was not exactly in the best condition, but he still had to put on a costume that weighed close to 35kg.
For one particular scene, Man Tat had to be suspended in mid-air, held up only by wires as he said his lines. However, being suspended in mid-air while wearing a heavy costume meant that the comedian could hardly breathe.
“To tell you the truth, I regretted my decision after filming for two days. Merely wearing the costume was unbearable for me, [it was] 35kg. After every scene, I had to inhale oxygen, and there was once where I needed to be suspended in mid-air. It was so tough for me up there, [I suffered from a] lack of oxygen. After I was released [from the wires], I couldn’t do it anymore, and just cried. I really wept, it was the very first time I cried ‘cos of work.” Man Tat recalled.
Luckily, it seems that the comedian, while not fully recovered yet, is now much healthier than he was in 2019.
But don’t hold your breath for another sci-fi flick from the comedian anytime soon.