Ng Man Tat’s turbulent friendship with Stephen Chow is familiar to all but not everyone knows that the comedian also had a drama-filled relationship with Chow Yun Fat.
Man Tat, 69, and Yun Fat, 65, have been pals since they were classmates in TVB’s actor training course in 1973. While we can’t imagine living in a world where Chow Yun Fat isn’t a superstar, Man Tat actually made it big before his friend. In 1979, his TVB drama Chor Lau-heung became a mega-hit and his popularity skyrocketed. At that time, Yun Fat was a bit actor relegated to supporting roles.
It’s said that when Man Tat became popular, he started to indulge in the pleasures that came along with fame and fortune. He gambled and drank and gambled and drank some more. It was around this time that Yun Fat was cast in The Bund, which, for those not in the know, is one of the most popular TV series of all time. (Seriously, just ask your mum.)
After the drama aired in 1980, Yun Fat shot to superstardom but unlike his pal Man Tat, he continued working hard, shunning the seductive vices that showbiz offered.