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Eric Khoo cannot find Rose

May 8, 2009

Singaporean art house director Eric Khoo (Be with me, 12 Storeys, My Magic) has a hard time finding an actress to play Rose Chan in a biopic on the Malaysian cabaret queen and striptease dancer, writes the New Paper. Vaudeville dancer Chan was notorious in 1950s Malaya for performing her erotic dances with snakes.

200 actresses and models auditioned for the part so far, but none satisfied Khoo, who looks for these features in his actress: “She should have the sultry lips of Shu Qi, the voluptuous figure of Fiona Xie, the height of Beatrice Chia, and the poise and complexion of Gong Li. Hopefully, she can also act like Maggie Cheung and can tell jokes like Irene Ang.” On top of all that, she must be willing to get naked in front of the camera, should also be in her 20s, be able to speak Mandarin and Cantonese, and be comfortable around snakes.

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