Which actor is best suited to depict Lee Kuan Yew in a movie?

It is a role of a lifetime, one that calls for gravitas and passion and with plenty of drama packed in. For the upcoming drama 1965, veteran Lim Kay Tong has been cast. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
It is a role of a lifetime, one that calls for gravitas and passion and with plenty of drama packed in. For the upcoming drama 1965, veteran Lim Kay Tong has been cast. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

SINGAPORE - It is a role of a lifetime, one that calls for gravitas and passion and with plenty of drama packed in. And it is none other than former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, a towering figure in the narrative of Singapore’s nation-building.

For the upcoming drama 1965, veteran Lim Kay Tong has been cast. Life! rounds up a few other choice actors who could have played the role.

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1. ADRIAN PANG

You need someone who can really come to grips with the role and deliver a meaty performance and Pang is surely up to the task. After all, he is the three-time winner of the Best Actor prize at the annual Life! Theatre Awards.

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2. CHUA ENLAI

Really? The funny man from Channel 5’s The Noose? Let’s not forget though that Chua is also a serious thespian who won raves for his turns in gritty plays such as Shopping & F***ing and Fundamentally Happy.

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3. CALEB GOH

He is in the running to play the man himself in the upcoming LKY musical by Dick Lee so why not take on the big screen incarnation as well? It is a highly efficient move that Mr Lee would no doubt approve of.

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4. TAY PING HUI

It is no secret that Tay is an admirer of the People’s Action Party and what better way to get into politics than by playing its founder? Plus, he has the added advantage of height given LKY’s physical stature.

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5. CHRISTOPHER LEE

How about adding some glitz and glamour to the role by having Lee take it on? LKY’s Cambridge-educated English accent might be too much of a stretch for the actor though.

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Who do you think is the best choice for the role of LKY? Add your comment below or e-mail stlife@sph.com.sg