The 23-year-old Taiwan-based actor Kai Ko put on a mighty good show this afternoon during a press conference in Beijing wherein he apologized for the first time since he, along with Jackie Chan’s 32-year-old son Jaycee, were arrested on charges of marijuana possession.
The two were arrested on August 14 in Chan’s Beijing villa, where cops found around 100 grams of greenery on them.
Ko was released this morning after putting in 14 days of hard time in administrative detention. His public response was more buttered-up than Jackie Chan’s written apology on behalf of his 32-year-old son.
“I have no reason, no cause and no excuses for what I did”, said Ko at the press conference.
“This incidence is like an ugly scar that will remain on my body. When I see it, I will remember the pain of making a terrible mistake.”
Ko frequently paused to produce a few tears on point, as his agent Angie Chai and parents indulged him by gently placing their hands on his shoulders and occasionally handing him tissues.
Still has a better cry-face than this guy.
“I have always believed that love can win against all sources of evil. As a public figure, he acted in the worst way possible and sent the worst messages out. As parents, our hearts ache and we are deeply remorseful,” Ko’s father, Ko Yaozong, said.
The 10-minute press conference was already a trending topic on Weibo before it was even complete, China Daily reports, although the majority of web users seemed to find it in their hearts to forgive the actor for his evil.
Others were more cynical, including Wang Zhuo of the CPPC Standing Committee, who wrote on his Weibo account that “It doesn’t matter whether he apologizes or not, because nobody cares. Showbiz and the arts industry will not use anyone who brushes shoulders with drugs from now on anyway.”
Partner in delinquency Jaycee Chan has yet to be released from detention, but we’re anxiously waiting to see if his acting skills are to the caliber of his father’s.