By Han Wei Chou
“The body count in Season 2 has skyrocketed! I got to do a whole lot more action scenes this season. I love doing all the action sequences! I have always been an ‘action man’. But, as the years go by, the injuries take longer to heal. There are a lot more battles … and a lot more injuries,” Png told Channel NewsAsia.
Zero Calling 2 picks up where the first season left off. Png’s character David Tan is forced to carry out the will of Zero, an enigmatic cyber-terrorist who has the power to hurt his family if he refuses.
Tan later reluctantly agrees to work with Interpol and bring down the organisation. However, things get complicated when his own stepdaughter Maddy Wu (Hayley Woo) begins to walk down a dark path, and he gets a new boss, the ruthless Agent Fong (Janice Koh) who is willing to sacrifice anything – even him – to get the job done.
“I think it will be even more interesting than Season 1 because it is also episodic. We learnt from Season 1 that if you were to miss out a few episodes you won’t be able to catch up. If you miss out one in Season 2, you will probably still be able to understand what is going on, as every episode is self-contained, and there is a main story thread going through series.”
“We get the script as he is writing it. A lot of times, it is almost as though Thean-jeen had painted himself into a corner (in terms of the show’s storyline), but he always comes up with something and it is amazing!” said Png.
But he said production for Zero Calling 2 was like shooting the hit sitcom, in which he starred, Phua Chu Kang. "It is work, but didn’t feel like work. I kept thinking ‘Come on, why can’t we do it like Lord of the Rings and shoot like four seasons back to back!’”
But viewers will still be able to see him in action in Zero Calling 2, which airs every Monday from Apr 27, 9.30pm on Channel 5. Zero Calling 2 also stars Elizabeth Lee, Lawrence Wong, Shabir and Vanessa Vanderstraaten.