Lee Sai Peng, 75, won the coveted Best Actor award despite being the first-time actor at the 27th Malaysia Film Festival (FFM) for his performance in The Journey. He beat out seasoned actors such as Awie (Dollah Superstar), Bront Palarae (Terbaik Dari Langit), Que Haidar (Ophilia) and Wan Hanafi Su (Lelaki Harapan Dunia).
Lee, who did not see the award coming expressed his shock over the top honour. “They (the contenders) are far better than me in terms of experience. I wasn’t expecting it because this is my first time. At my age, I thought I’d be just an extra in the movie but the director, Chiu Keng Guan convinced me that I can do it.”
“I’m also thankful to my family who encouraged me to do this movie. They said, if somebody wants you at the age of 73 (at the time of filming), then go for it! Take a chance at this golden opportunity” recalled the Best Actor, proving that age is just a number.
Speaking of his future roles, Lee said he hopes to continue to act as long as there the industry wants him and he will never give up on his newfound passion.
The Journey also took home the gold-plated trophy for the Box Office award, Best Non-Bahasa Malaysia Film and Best Cinematography.
Lee Sai Peng with FFM27 Best Actress, Nur Fazura