Eddie Peng and Zhang Jingyi in The Rescue TENCENT PICTURES
In recent years, Eddie Peng has impressed audiences with his masculinity (男子气概) in action films.
He has played a gymnast in Jump！Ashin, a boxer in Unbeatable and a policeman in Operation Mekong. To portray these characters, Peng underwent intensive physical and professional training.
His performance in his latest film, The Rescue, is no exception. To shoot the movie featuring China Rescue and Salvage, a national force in charge of maritime (海上的) rescue, Peng – who plays a rescue team’s leader – underwent a series of tough training sessions ranging from soaking in cold water to enduring high temperatures while on fire, China Daily reported. The training and shooting lasted eight months. His wholehearted devotion to his acting career has received critical acclaim.
But for Peng, the challenge this time wasn’t related to difficult stunts (特技). Differing from his previous films, Peng was given a new identity – a single father of a child.
“I spent a long time persuading myself to play a role as a father,” he told film website 1905. In an interview with host Chen Luyu, Peng revealed that he had only met his father four times as he grew up.
To understand the role, Peng spent a lot of time establishing a genuine emotional connection with Zhang Jingyi, a young actor who plays his son, Congcong. They always ate and played together during breaks. Peng also learned how to communicate with the child of his fitness instructor, who is the same age as Zhang.
As a result, moviegoers are expecting to see Peng’s tenderness (柔情) come through in the film’s scenes, including one in which he bathes and comforts his son.
“I’m grateful for director Dante Lam to let me play a father, as the role made me honestly face myself and my past experience,” Peng said.