League of Gods’ Jet Li and Huang Xiaoming are the best friends you wish you had
Set in the Shang Dynasty, the movie features Jet Li’s Jiang Ziya as he assembles a band of underdogs — Ji Lei played by Jacky Heung, Er Lang Shen played by Huang Xiaoming and Nezha played by Wen Zhang.
“The Heungs are my god-parents, and Jacky Heung’s my god-brother. So I had to help my friends and family out. It’s also a good opportunity to showcase his strengths and capabilities as an actor and martial artist,” Huang said in a separate phone interview with the Singapore press.
For Huang, however, being a great friend came at a cost. After sustaining leg injuries while filming Chinese fantasy flick The White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom in 2012, Huang told us that he still feels pain when he does action sequences or stands for too long — both of which he did plenty of in League of Gods as Er Lang Shen.
“The costume for Er Lang Shen was also very heavy and warm. So every half an hour, I’ll feel faint and will have to rest,” said Huang.
“As an actor, no matter how difficult it is, you still have to work hard to give your best. I still do most of my own stunts, so I just tolerate and push through the pain and fatigue. I always keep in mind the crew and cast, people who are counting on me to do my job well. I persevere for all their sakes.”
Besides the physical hurdles, there was also emotional terrain for Huang to cross. His wife, Angelababy, stars in the movie as Heung’s love interest. When asked if it bothered him that Angelababy has romantic scenes with his god-brother, Huang said: “We both act for a living, so I’m used to it. I never limit her in terms of job choices because I honour and trust her decisions for her own career. It is not my place to tell her what to do.”