Thai actor/director Tony Jaa is lucky his bosses at Sahamongkol Films (SF) - which is financing his period martial arts epic, Ong-Bak 2 - are so accommodating.
Sia Jiang, the firm's boss, says he regards Tony Jaa as his son. He had no intention of taking legal action against him for fleeing the set of the big-budget movie. He just wanted him to come back and finish the film.
According to some Thai press reports, tears welled in Sia Jiang's eyes as he talked about Tony Jaa, the young man from Surin with whom he entrusted the job of making the sequel to his 2003 martial arts spectacular, Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior.
Sia was accompanied by his son Akarapol Techaratanaprasert, Ong-Bak 2's producer, Panna Rittikrai, and the director of the first Ong Bak movie, Prachya Pinkaew, whom Sia has asked to finish work on the movie in time for a Dec 5 release date.
'He is like my son. What good would suing him do? He claims he loves this movie. In that case, why doesn't he come back and finish it,' asked Sia Jiang.
A video of the press conference is at Manager Online. The rest of Bkkdreamer's summary is on his blog.
(Photo of Sia Jiang from Manager Online)