In new Mediacorp drama Soul Old Yet So Young, Romeo plays the 76-year-old owner of a rattan handicraft store who one day mysteriously wakes up looking like his 25-year-old self.
In order to achieve the look of a septuagenarian, the star had to sit in the make-up chair for an hour and 45 minutes each day as layers of ageing make-up and a wig were put on him.
He would then spend as long as 12 hours in that get-up before taking half an hour to remove it with a special type of alcohol at the end of the day.
“I think the alcohol was quite harsh on my skin ‘cos towards the end of the shoot, I found myself having more clogged pores and little bumps on my face, but I recovered after going for a few facial sessions,” Romeo told 8days.sg in a phone interview last week.
As Romeo was unable to remove the old man make-up until filming was completely done for the day, he had quite a few entertaining stories about his adventures in public while looking 40 years older than he really is.
“When I’m in the make-up, someone will usually tapow food for me, but since I can be quite picky, I sometimes prefer to go down to the kopitiam myself to see what I can eat,” he explained. “Of course, I did get stares from people, but I don’t think they recognised me. They probably thought, ‘This guy is weird.’ (Laughs)”
One particularly amusing encounter took place when a white-haired and wrinkly Romeo went to Bugis to buy sports shoes during his lunch break. “I looked like an ah pek but I spoke normally, like the young me. I think the salesgirl was a bit traumatised. (Guffaws)”