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ACTOR SHANE POW DROPPED BY MEDIACORP, MARK LEE WILLING TO TAKE HIM IN

Hot on the heels of Shane Pow being dropped by Mediacorp after being charged with drink driving (again), veteran comedian Mark Lee has said that he is open and willing to sign the troubled actor to his company.

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Mediacorp announced that they were terminating Pow’s contract after he was charged with drink driving for the second time.

He was also one of the parties present at fellow actor Jeffrey Xu’s birthday party at Terence Cao’s house, where all 13 people were guilty of flouting Covid-19 safe management rules.

Mark Lee praised Pow for his acting and looks, saying: “I’m willing to give him a chance to sign with us if he doesn’t mind joining our company.

Lee’s production house, King Kong Media Production, was started in 2017 and boasts local comedian legends Henry Thia and Marcus Chin among their roster.

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Lee added that he wasn’t surprised that Mediacorp dropped Pow, highlighting that drink driving is a serious offence, more so if it is a repeat offence.

He added that those involved need to learn their lesson and not do it again.

Lee revealed how he would have handled the situation if one of his own artistes were involved in such a situation,: “I would hold a press conference and ask the artiste to make a public apology and bow 90 degrees, thrice.”

He added that there is no need to evade or hide, once the press has asked all the questions, there will be nothing left to ask.

As of now, Pow has been silent about his case and hasn’t said anything about it.

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Lee drew an example of actor Christopher Lee, 49, who had a drink driving charge in 2007 and was convicted, serving 6 weeks in jail.

Lee said: “Just look at Ming Shun (Christopher Lee’s Chinese name), he bravely faced the music all those years ago and his career is doing very well now. Everyone needs a second chance.”

Pow has two dramas that are coming out, with Soul Old Yet So Young having finished filming and due to air in June; as well as The Heartland Hero, which is currently still in production.

The producers of the latter are discussing how to proceed with Pow’s termination, as he is the second male lead and the scripts for the first 100 episodes having already been written.

There are also 2 months worth of filming already done.

One of the options being thrown in is to have another actor take over his role mid-series, which would be a first in the history of local television.

Images source: @marklee4444 and @shanepowxp on Instagram

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