Everybody should be like Ingvar. Or at the very least, everybody should be like Ang Lee.
What the hell am I talking about? First off is this New York Times story (registration required) on the famed Taiwanese director. We could all learn a lesson or two in humility from Ang. He lives modestly and describes himself as a regular dad. He even has a chicken coop at the back of his house. How regular is that!
And who is Ingvar? Simply, I was reminded of the IKEA founder, Ingvar Kampard. And if the legend is to believed, he drives a 15-year-old Volvo, flies strictly economy class, and even eats at his own stores for the affordable meals. All this despite having a net worth of US$33 billion!
And talking about net worth, Kaiju Shakedown had an interesting look at which Asian actor is the big money earner. Is it: a. Jackie Chan, b. Andy Lau, or c. Jet Li?
BUZZ!!! The answer is: it depends which side of the world the actor works on.
The news was that Jet Li would be making US$13 million from Peter Chan's The Warlords, the highest any actor has ever received on a Chinese-language film. That makes Li the fearless champion on this side of the world. While on the other side, Chan's films still trounce Li's at the box-office.
Bankability aside, I'm just wondering if Chan or Li have chicken coops at the back of their houses.