Godfrey Gao spoke with The Straits Times about playing bisexual warlock Magnus Bane in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
To embrace the sexual deviant he was playing on-screen, Gao was open to anything that was thrown at him on the film set. For starters, his make-up routine took three hours each day before he was camera ready. Glitter, nail polish, piercings, tattoos and tons of eyeshadow were just some of the “funky stuff” he had to put on. Then there was a scene he had to shoot in icy temperatures – with only his boxers on. But freezing his behind off for The Mortal Instruments, which opens here on Aug 22, was completely worth it.
Gao, 28, told The New Paper over the phone from Taiwan: “It was around 1 deg C and we were filming in Toronto last September. “I really wanted to cry, I was freezing. Being that naked, I caught a cold eventually. But the crew did take care of me. They kept offering me hot chocolate, tea, chocolate buns and candies. That made the entire experience bearable.”