“The bottom line is I’m definitely not renewing my contract” Says actor “Poh” Natthawuth Skidjai in regards to his near expiry contract with channel 7.
“After I decided not to renew, there’s been so many offers coming through. However at this stage I must respect the contract that I’m still with at present with channel 7. I still haven’t discussed this with anyone. I’m waiting till end of May when my contract expires and I’m fully free to discuss”
When news broke out that you’re not going to renew with channel 7, other companies are opening their arms for you
“I’m happy about that. It means everyone is sincere about wanting to improve the Entertainment industry”
“Right the viewers have this wrong belief that a 30 something year old man is an old man. But it’s not true, it’s more a grown man. A 35 year old man is a fully mature man. People should support that age and give people the character that they are suitable for, not cast a young kid into playing an older man, playing a father or a high rank police officer”
“The age has to be realistic. People need to change their prespective or everyone will get the wrong idea that a man my age should play as a father. I was asked to play as a father but I think they should give the role to someone who is at a more suitable age for fatherly roles”
Sound like you’ve been feeling uncomfortable?
“I’m not, I’m just talking from my experience and I feel people in the industry should have quality and I want people to change the mindset of the the viewers”
Has channel 7 offered you anything?
“No, nothing since ‘Lui’. Maybe because I was in the process of making a decision and now I’ve made that decision”
A Lot of companies have contacted you?
“Yes, a lot. But I want to say I haven’t negotiated with anyone yet. Money is not an issue for me. I have dignity in my job. I want work that is suitable for me because this is a job that I love to do and I have my dignity too”
When will you know for sure?
“After May, I will have to see what channel 7 has to offer me. But right now the point that is upsetting me is the various arguments on the internet about me and my decision. Some people are accusing me of being an unloyal traitor and I just want to clarify to them that every employee has the right to choose”
“I’m confident that in the past 10 years I’ve done a lot of work with channel 7 and I can say that the ratings for most of them were at number one. And sure it has made me famous, but the channel gained from it too. It was a win win situation and I have been good for the past 10 years, I haven’t done anything to jeopardize the channel”
Source via Khaosod news