Another drama where Elvin faced difficulties on set, albeit of an entirely different kind, was 2012’s Absolutely Charming, which also starred Taiwanese actress Cherry Hsia.
On the first day of filming, Elvin got a call from his younger sister asking him to quickly make his way to the hospital to see their father.
“When he was being wheeled into the operating theatre, I didn’t dare to say ‘bye bye’ and just told him, ‘Pa, I’m going to work,’” he said. “The surgery went well, but there may have been some complications after that. I kept travelling between the set and hospital without going home, and within four days, my dad passed away.”
Executive producer Leong Lye Lin, who appeared as one of the mystery guests, shared that she really wanted to stop production at that time, but ‘cos there were issues with Cherry’s schedule, the most she could do was give Elvin a week off to settle his father’s funeral.
However, Elvin had trouble focusing and controlling his emotions when he returned to work. Lye Lin shared that she would often receive calls from the actor saying, “I really can’t do this”, or from the director, who was at a loss ‘cos Elvin could not remember his lines.
Fortunately, he pulled through, and Lye Lin took the opportunity to thank him for his dedication and professionalism.