Local actor Shane Pow may no longer be Mediacorp’s golden boy, but it seems that he can still, at the very least, walk off the stage with his head held ‘high’.
After all, it’s not every day that you get chased out of your establishment and still get a near-perfect peer evaluation score.
S’pore Artistes Only Have Praises About Shane Pow After MediaCorp ‘Fired’ Him
According to reports, Pow’s peers have had nothing but utter praise for the disgraced local actor.
For instance, James Seah, who is set to take over Pow’s role in upcoming drama The Heartland Hero, as well as the executive producer of the show have had a plethora of niceties to say about Pow.
Elvin Ng, who appears to be everywhere at the moment, has also chipped in with a heartfelt Instagram post, stating that Pow was a “pleasure to work with”.
“You’ve been a pleasure to work with for everyone on set.” Elvin wrote. He also praised Pow for being “one of the easiest actors to work with, relaxed, adaptable, and flexible, always light and in good cheer, no airs, with good humour and favour, well-liked and a joy to be around”.
“Put simply, a super good and nice guy,” said Elvin.
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Other local celebs, including the likes of Chantalle Ng, Romeo Tan, Terence Cao, Aileen Tan and Bonnie Loo, have also joined in.
Belinda Lee, for once, was full of praise for the actor, saying that he’s “really good” at his craft and “effortlessly charming with his performance”.
Meanwhile, Lin Mei Jiao is filled with awe at the young actor.
“Filming with Shane is too enjoyable, he’s very lively, and quick to react. And what’s even more rare is that he really takes care of us old people,” wrote Meijiao.
And It May Not Be The End Of The Road For Him
Pow may have parted ways with Mediacorp, but his journey of stardom may not have ended yet.
According to Shin Min Daily News, veteran actor, comedian, and TV host Mark Lee have said that he is willing to sign on Shane Pow.
He acknowledged that while a repeated offence of drink driving is a “serious matter”, and that he is not surprised by Mediacorp’s decision to fire Shane Pow, he would have handled the situation in a different manner.
He also added that everyone deserves a “second chance”.
On 26 April 2021, Shane Pow was fired by Mediacorp after being charged for drink driving for the second time.
In a statement published on Monday (26 Apr), Mediacorp emphasised its position not to tolerate “any behaviour that runs afoul of the law”, clarifying that they “constantly remind [their] artistes that their fans and members of the public look to them as role models”.
Mediacorp also stated that they were not aware of the incident that happened on 22 April, and that Pow had not reported it after its occurrence in September last year.
His contract obliges him to stay with the company until 4 May to finish incomplete work, including two dramas that are in their final stages of production, “in consideration for the efforts of the entire cast and crew”.
Meanwhile, Pow will be returning to court on 3 June 2021.
If convicted, it would be his second offence, after his previous conviction of drink driving on 30 July 2014.
For a repeated offence, Pow could face a driving ban of at least five years, an imprisonment term of up to two years and a fine between S$5,000 and S$20,000.
Similar Cases in the Past
It should be noted that Shane Pow is not the first Mediacorp artist to have flouted traffic regulations.
In 2016, Mediacorp actress Rui En, known as one of the “Seven Princesses of Mediacorp”, was fined S$700 after knocking down a stationary motorbike with her car in a carpark. She was also involved in an alleged hit-and-run incident earlier that year, when she hit another car with her car and reportedly drove off.
And back in 2006, high-profile actor, Christopher Lee knocked down a motorcyclist and their pillion rider under the influence of alcohol, before fleeing the scene. He was jailed for 4 weeks, banned from driving for 3 years, and fined S$4,500.
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