No, I'm not Christopher

Looking like Christopher Lee might not be a good thing.

For 35-year-old Malaysian actor Frederick Lee, the younger brother of MediaCorp's suave leading man, the physical similarities have worked against him.

"I think it's the reason I can't make inroads in Singapore's showbiz industry," Lee told The New Paper with a chuckle in his deep, baritone voice.

Christopher, 40, has that same deep chuckle.

"My viewers have told me that at times they cannot tell me and my brother apart on TV.

"They say that I not only look like him from certain angles, I also sound a lot like him." Lee is the youngest of four siblings.

The oldest is a sister, followed by Da Ge (Mandarin for oldest brother) as he calls Christopher, then another brother.

A regular face on Malaysian TV, the beefy bachelor was here on Monday to promote the movie Petaling Street Warriors with co-stars Mark Lee, Yeo Yann Yann and Chris Tong.

Opening here tomorrow, the wacky Malaysian gongfu comedy has Lee playing an evil Qing Dynasty eunuch who plots to steal a treasure map from a hapless Hokkien mee hawker with a secret identity (played by Mark Lee).

While a part of Lee hopes that the film will help him crack the overseas entertainment market, he is less hung up about failing in his bid.

"There was a time when I was very frustrated that I couldn't make any breakthrough in Singapore," he revealed.

"I was upset and I kept asking myself, 'Why can't I make it in the Singapore (showbiz) scene? There has to be a reason.'

"Now, I'm past that phase."

Lee, who is based in Kuala Lumpur, joined MediaCorp's Malaysia Star Search in 2003 in the hopes of becoming an actor.

The following year, he stayed in Singapore for a month hoping to land an acting job here.

Christopher Lee, who was already a household name by then, tried to help him.

The older brother became famous after being named the male first runner-up in 1995's Star Search.

"Da Ge introduced me to (Fly Entertainment boss) Irene Ang and she was extremely helpful," said Lee.

"She suggested that I start out in commercials."

But his Singapore plan didn't take off.

"I couldn't adapt to Singapore's stressful environment," Lee conceded. "The pace here is simply too quick."

Why didn't he ask Christopher to introduce him to influential television producers or directors?

Shaking his head, Lee said: "I don't like pulling strings, it's not in me to do so. I prefer to achieve my goals on my own."

He hopes to one day act in a film with his brother.

"I would love to work with him on a movie based on brotherhood," said Lee. "Something like (Hollywood boxing drama) The Fighter would be nice."

Told that the local media is very interested to know when Christopher and his actress-wife, Fann Wong, are going to have a baby, Lee grinned.

"Yes, I'm sure he is feeling the pressure," he said, "especially since my Er Ge's (referring to his second brother) wife gave birth just a couple of months ago."

He said it is not in Christopher's nature to discuss his concerns with his siblings. "He doesn't like to bog us down with his troubles."

Lee, who is divorced, said he hopes "to be a father as soon as possible".

He revealed that he was in a relationship after his marriage ended in 2009 but it did not work out.

He said: "When it comes to romance, I've learnt from my experiences to be less stubborn."