Being falsely accused of attempted murder is terrible. If you have to spend a whole week behind bars, that is even worse. But Lawrence Kao, actor in the hit-Netflix series Wu Assassin, says he sees this dark period of his life as “a blessing in disguise.”
Lawrence, now 36, was in secondary school when it all happened. He had just landed a big role in the school’s production and had found his passion for acting. On opening night, however, Lawrence was arrested after an eyewitness wrongfully placed him at the scene of an attempted murder.
In an exclusive interview with The Singapore Women’s Weekly, Lawrence shares that this experience was a turning point in his life.
He was locked in jail for a week while the police investigated the crime. Eventually, they discovered Lawrence was entirely innocent, but he’d still served a week behind bars – and was told he might go to jail for 40 years. The experience changed Lawrence forever. “In that week I just started looking towards the future and thought about what I really wanted to do.
“So I look at it as a blessing in disguise. It was fortunate for me to go through that experience. Because if I didn’t go through it, then I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today. It laser-focused me into what I really was passionate about.”
What he’s passionate about is acting. Lawrence won fans for his role as Tommy Wah in the hit-Netflix series Wu Assassin. Now he expands his role in the movie Wu Assasins: Fistful of Vengeance (coming out 17 February 2022 on Netflix).
If you’re interested in watching the movie but haven’t watched the Wu Assassin series yet, you’re in luck. According to Lawrence, the movie makes sense even if you haven’t watched the Netflix series.
“The series had a lot of story points because there were 10 episodes. For this movie, everything is jam-packed. So it’s a standalone movie by itself. You don’t necessarily need to watch the first season to enjoy it.”