Can't say this is the first time I've heard this. The first time someone told me first-hand about how he has slept with some A-list HK stars, I bulked and called him a bluff. Maybe he was puffing up his sexual portfolio to impress his friends or something...who knows?
Then about a month and a half ago, I met up with a potential client and over coffee, this couple told me the same thing. It's common knowledge that if you wanted to get somewhere, you'd better be willing to escort, drink your liver out and sleep with some big time CEOs or People of Power. This...in exchange for 'sponsorship' or 'endorsement' deals.
So, if you refuse, you're probably going to have to fight very hard or perhaps, be relegated to B-list roles forever. No wonder I see a whole long list of really good actors and actresses who never got anywhere, you know what I mean? They're really good but they always play secondary role. I am sure you can recall at least one HK actor who fits this description.
Anyway, I don't know why it should be any surprise to me at all, really, because I know it's happening in Malaysia and the same thing goes for Singapore. It's just that I can't quite believe it of my favorite actors and actresses, that's why. Would they really betray their own bodies to get the lead roles?
Well, it's really none of my business whatever they do with their bodies but not when it comes down to this.
In South Korea, this is also a common practice, you see. 2008 isn't a good year for the Korean movie industry because a string of stars committed suicide (most by hanging themselves - a popular choice, apparently) for various reasons.
Recently, 29-year-old Jang Ja-Yeong ended her own life tragically because according to sources close to the star, she has been battling depression for some time. Has anyone ever wondered why so many South Korean celebrities are suffering from depression and refuse to open up?
This actress left more of a trail than the others. She left behind a telling letter saying that she's tired of having to entertain guests because of her career. She also mentions being beaten up which I think is highly likely but unacceptable!
For more on Jang Ja-Yeong's death, read this.
Sigh....it's a dirty industry and makes me shiver to think that I wanted to be a part of it when I was little. Thank goodness I grew up.