Wishful Thinking: Who Should Have Been Wu Tong in "Loving Never Forgetting"
While watching "Loving Never Forgetting" I really had problems with Wu Tong's actress Tong Liya. While Jerry Yan certainly can carry Qin Han's charm to the point my aunt calls him "Qin Han Jr.", Tong Liya just doesn't have the similar charm of Qin Han's leading ladies. Knowing Barbie Xu may have retired from acting (she and Jerry Yan met each other again like Qin Han was reunited with Brigitte Lin)... now here's my possible picks.
Esther Liu would have made a much stronger Wu Tong. Why is that? Even in Westside Story when she was underaged, she can freaking act! Whether you need a comedic or dramatic scene, she can do it. Aside from the Liu, she might be the best replacement for Liu Xuehua in playing leading lady roles. I guess she can act every Qiong Yao character assigned to her. Their age gap is 11 years (Qin Han and Liu Xue Hua were 13 years apart), it can work in a chemistry.
The other possible leading lady is Liu Yifei which may create a Qin Han/Brigitte Lin type of chemistry. For one, I don't think she'd be as strong as Esther Liu though.