In L Storm, Hong Kong actor Patrick Tam plays the flamboyant businessman-turned-mobster Wong Hoi Wo, who just returned to Hong Kong from Holland.
With his complicated background and cold-blooded work ethic, he ruthlessly hijacks several rival gangsters’ big-time money-laundering deals.
Tam was stoked that the character is modelled after a real-life triad personality who made his name in Hong Kong during the 1980s and 1990s.
“It was the film director (David Lam) who told me about this character and described his personality. He’s actually a very astute businessman.
“When I first read the script, I already felt he was very different (character that I usually portray). This was a more complete character with more colour. In the past, my villainous roles used to be unreal, imaginary characters,” Tam, 49, said in a phone interview.
“This time, I play the mastermind of a crime syndicate. I’m a commercial crime expert, who starts off as a successful businessman. Then, he got too greedy, and became involved in money laundering, and went on to help VIPs to clean their dirty money,” shared Tam.
“This guy was special, in that he was actually a whiz in business, but then he eventually went astray. In the context of the Storm movie franchise theme, which is anti-corruption, he presents a very interesting character study.
“I’ve seen pictures of him. Height-wise, we are quite similar. But, in the looks department, I probably score a bit better,” joked the dashing actor, who will star alongside Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Aaron Kwok in Theory Of Ambitions next.