It was windy outside, blowing the curtain in the palace, and the maids rushed out to close the windows.
Li Xu stood in the palace with his hands down, and said: “The eldest prince’s people asked me to serve in the east palace.”
Zhou Jing said “OK” and walked over, speechless for a long time, and lifted Li Xu’s face.
“Li Xu, it's up to you where we can be in the future.”
The face was beautiful among all the eunuchs, even compare to the concubines, it was one of the best.
Zhou Jing’s hand touched something warm and smooth. He let go but Li Xu grabbed his arm.
Zhou Jing looked at Li Xu and saw the flashing eyes. He lowered his eyes slightly, and Li Xu and grab loosened.
The posture of Li Xu’s body showed that he was afraid, but the eyes were twinkling. It seemed that he had word on his tongue but couldn’t say it out.
Zhou Jing turned his back and said, “Go.”
Li Xu hung down his head and didn't say anything. He just knelt down and gave Zhou Jing a salute.
From this moment on, he’s the eldest prince’s servant.
He got up from the ground and walked out bowed.
After he left, Zhou Jing turned around and shouted: “Never forget who’s your master!”
“Cut!” director Guo shouted and stood up from behind the monitor: “Qingquan, you are not in the right mood.”
Bai Qingquan hurriedly walked over, and Guo Rui said: “Li Xu has been with you since childhood. For you, he’s not a mere slave. He going to the East Palace, on the one hand, you expect him to overthrow the eldest prince. On the other hand, you are worried about his loyalty. As a friend, you felt ashamed and resentful when you sent him to do this. So, when you say lines later you want him to feel the majesty of his master as well as the affection of his friends. Are you with me?”
There was a makeup artist coming for him. Bai Qingquan looked at the monitor and nodded seriously.
It was mainly because he was just distracted when touching Shen Jintai's face.
The heavy make-up Shen Jintai had reminded him of the past. Shen looked like he was when bullied him years ago.
To such Shen Jintai, he had only hatred and nothing else!
He believed that the scenes of Zhou Jing and Li Xu fight against each other in the later stage, he can do perfectly!
“Come on, all departments get ready. Let's do it again.”
Shen Jintai went back to the gate of the hall and stood. Li Meilan took the opportunity to cool him down with a fan and patted him on the shoulder: “It was great. Carry on.”
She was a little surprised at Shen Jintai's attitude.
Shen Jintai performed better in the second take. As an old actress, Song Wei suddenly found his sense of rhythm.
The sense of rhythm of actors and actresses is very important, but it can't be learned. It depends on talent and savvy. It’s not just about the lines, but also the coordination of lines and actions. A line, or a look back, the pause in the middle from zero seconds to seconds or even tens of seconds, should be seen together with the performance. With a good sense of rhythm, it could be fluent and tense.
From Zhou Jing's saying “Go” until Li Xu's kneeling and kowtowing, Shen Jintai mastered the rhythm very well.
If too fast, they would lose the tension. If too slowly, it could affect the proceeding of the plotline.
She also went to the back of the monitor and looked at the close-up of Shen Jintai. His eyes were moist, with just enough tears to be seen moved but not so apparent.
It's very difficult to know how to held back emotions when performing, especially for young actors and actresses.
Bai Qingquan's acting skills were good among the young generation, but his performances were more external and not advanced enough.
Director Guo was a photographer. He knew how to develop strengths and avoid weaknesses. Shen Jintai's performance was delicate and quiet, so he gave Shen more close-ups. Bai Qingquan was beautiful, but the poor on details. He put the close-ups on the display of beauty. When he needed to emphasize Bai’s performance, he gave more to the whole body. The scene of two people who were not harmonious in the performance then had both texture and beauty through deployment.
Producer Zhang said to Gao Qiao: “You can stop worrying. Both of them can hold it.”
Gao Qiao didn't speak and sent the video to Yan Qiuchi.
Shen Jintai was so incredible.
Is this still the grandiose Shen Jintai?
Zheng Siqi was also watching. In the evening, the scene of he and Shen Jintai in bed would be shot. He was very nervous.
After watching Shen Jintai's performance all morning, he was more shocked than others.
Because after Shen Jintai had been filming all day, he got another nickname, Shen One Take.
When Bai Qingquan returned to his nanny car, his face darkened.
The assistant was nervous. Weige got on the car and said: “Tired?”
Bai Qingquan didn’t say a thing, he was really in a bad mood.
He used to think that his acting skills were good among the young actors and actresses. Who’d thought that he felt so inferior when acting with Shen Jintai.
Shen Jintai's breath, lines and expressions, each of them makes Bai felt more inferior.
How could it be like that? How could it!
Shen Jintai retired from the business for two years, and unexpectedly become better than him!
Xiao Tang was so excited that she couldn't help sharing it with the fans.
Brother's first scene, the fans were all looking forward to it. Xiao Tang promised to tell them today's shooting situation.
“I was not allowed to record it, otherwise, I’d definitely send you videos. All I can say is that brother Jin was unbelievably great. The director gave him a nickname, Shen One Take!”
The fans were so curious!
Shen Jintai said that he had been studying acting for the past two years. Is it true?
When Shen Jintai was performing his first soap opera, it was really hard for them to control the comments. Even as fans, they felt that Shen Jintai's acting skills were, um…
But he was their idol, so they boasted.
But they also want their idol to be a real good actor. If so, they could be more confident when fighting with other stars’ fans.
After all, as an actor, performance is the only capital.
Of course, this joy couldn't be enjoyed alone. Recently, the Bai’s fans and Yang Lizhi’s were tearing apart Shen Jintai. They probably thought that Shen had robbed the attention. Now with this material, Shen’s fans immediately went to various entertainment forums to spread the news.
“It's so funny. Shen Touhua’s fans actually changed the nickname to Shen One Take instead of Shen Touhua!”
“What's one take? One in a thousand takes passed? Hahahaha!”
“God knows what it is.”
“I believe it that he has changed, he did look great in the press conference. However, with his unforgivable acting skills, this one take can only be one in a thousand.”
“Hope this good script won’t be ruined because of Shen Touhua. He’s really bad at acting.”
“To be honest, this play is really confusing. Bai Qingquan is willing to play with Shen Jintai. And Shen Jintai is in a group of good actors and actresses!"
“I heard that the first version of the trailer will be released this weekend. I can look forward to his appearance, right?”
“I don't care about Shen Jintai. But I'm excited to see Bai in ancient-style costume again!”
“Bai Qingquan's really like an angel in ancient-style costume. A pile of people is waiting at Bilibili!”
“It's a pity that I don't like Yang Lizhi, couldn't they find a younger actress to match him. Yang Lizhi's face is about to get worse because of all the plastic surgery, isn't it?”
“The one who said the plastic surgery, watch your fucking language. It was just orthodontics!”
“Haha, was it orthodontics that changed her from ugly to beautiful. Everyone had it, OK?”
"So you admitted that Yang Lizhi is a beautiful woman, right? Ha ha ha.”
Shen Jintai's material turned into a big tear between Yang Lizhi’s fans and Bai Yueguang’s. Both sides were very dynamic, hundreds of rounds couldn’t settle it. Finally, they started personal attack and didn’t give up until the whole post was deleted by the administrator.
After a day's filming, the vice at the shooting site had changed.
Bai Qingquan was suppressed in all aspects, which was so obvious that even the temporary actors can tell.
Because Bai Qingquan was becoming worse and worse as the filming went on, he was upset at last. He looked bad and his smiles was very reluctant.
Finally, director Guo asked him to have a rest and left a scene to be shot tomorrow.
As for Shen Jintai, he had no ng, not one.
Bai Qingquan's assistant was very careful. He took out the meal from the bag and arranged it carefully. Then he said to Bai Qingquan: “Brother Quan, the meal’s ready.”
Bai Qingquan was looking at his cell phone.
On the phone was a TV series, a stupid soap opera.
Yes, the one Shen Jintai cast.
Shen Jintai blinked at the girl. His face looked like it was twitching. With the thick bangs that looked a little old-fashioned, he is greasy and foolish.
Bai Qingquan felt a lot more comfortable.
For the past two years, he had been taking this as entertainment.
“Your psychological quality and mental control are bad.” said Weige: “I think the first half was OK, but then you just lost it.”
“I'm just starting to feel better. Don't.” Bai Qingquan was upset.
“It's a bit of a surprise that Shen Jintai's acting skills suddenly become so good, but he can't steal your thunder. Think of your character and all the scenes you have. Unless you give up and let him.” Weige said, taking the drumsticks from his hands: “Keep fit.”
“That’s not gonna happen.” Bai Qingquan wiped his mouth and said.
“Then you should keep up your spirit. In fact, everyone in the cast is great. It's a good thing for the whole play. There’s no one holding everyone’s back. It's so well configured, and the script is so amazing. It’s certain that this play’s gonna get viral. You don't want to think about the past grudges with him, just treat him as a normal actor. You are the eldest prince, the future emperor, he is just a eunuch. If you lose to him, that's the disaster.”
“Every eunuch in history bowed his waist in front of the royal members. Why don't we let him act like a eunuch?”
“Our play is not a historical drama.” Weige said: “How can someone fall in love with a shrinking eunuch. Out of aesthetic concerns, we must show him in beauty. Enough about him. Go to bed early tonight and adjust yourself well.”
“I'm going to see his and Zhou Ying's scene on the set later.” he said, unconsciously learning from the cast and addressing others with the characters’ names: “I'm not going to see him, I'm going to see the pretty young boy.”
Weige said: “Keep your eyes to yourself. Don't be found that you’re gay like Shen Jintai.”
Bai Qingquan was silent for a while, and said: “My fans had seen me and Mr. Yan as a couple. I think the public reaction is OK...”
They also call Yan Qiuchi “son-in-law”.
“That was for fun. It’s not the same. Trust me, if you’re found then your girlfriend-fans will stop following you the next second.” Seeing that he was a little depressed, Weige said: “You’re only twenty-two. What are you flustered about? Two more years, when you really rooted, then you can do whatever you want.”
Bai Qingquan thought: “22 is the age of strong demand.”
So sad that he had to face all the pretty boys and could lay hands on them.
He blames Shen Jintai.
His current characters were basically the opposite of Shen Jintai. Shen Jintai likes men, but he couldn't.
He’s the angel.
Gao Qiao went to the airport to pick up Yan Qiuchi. Yan Qiuchi got off the plane and finally had the time to watch the video Gao sent him on the way back.
“I didn't expect that Shen Jintai to be so good.” Gao Qiao said after sitting on the copilot's seat. “The director gave him a nickname, Shen One Take.”
Aware of Yan Qiuchi's attention, he explained: “His scenes were all done in one take, no second take needed.”
In fact, it was hard to tell only by watching the video taken by a phone. There were noises. The blower kept working all the time. There were a lot of people, the lighting man, mic man, camera man and all. Shen Jintai was standing in the light and acting with Bai Qingquan. The sound was not clear, but it looked like something.
“Whose scene is it tonight?” Yan Qiuchi asked.
“tonight’s the good one.” Gao Qiao said excitedly: “The scene of Shen Jintai sleeping with Zheng Siqi!”
Yan Qiuchi didn't speak. The light from the phone shone on his eyes and eyebrows. Between the light and shadow, his facial features were deep.
He dreamed last night.
He dreamed of Shen Jintai.
In his dream, he was holding Shen Jintai with sweat all over his body, touching the place he shouldn't touch, and in his arms was a strange sense of satisfaction.
He never had the satisfaction of tightly holding a person, so the feeling in the dream was also virtual, seducing, like scratching the wrong spot, you just can’t stop it.
In this case, should he go to see the shooting tonight?
Yan Qiuchi was a rational person. He analyzed the dream he had last night rationally.
He felt that he was too restrained in life.
He had a serious skin hunger.
Skin hunger is technically a psychological problem. As the name implies, it is a special desire for skin contact, especially for cuddling. People with this kind of psychology will have two extreme manifestations: one is that they are particularly fond of touching other people's bodies; the other is that they’d be very resistant and self-disciplined, Yan Qiuchi was obviously the latter.
Because he was afraid of indulging and was shy of letting this hobby be discovered, he was restrained and resist contact with others.
He shouldn't hold Shen Jintai in his arms. But he did, the drunk Shen Jintai was soft in his arms, which aroused his desire which he had been restraining for many years.
It had nothing to do with emotion and love, but with simple physiological needs.
He unbuttoned the collar and looked at the bite mark on his neck. It was almost invisible.
Like Shen Jintai's tattoo.
“Mr. Yan, are you going home or...”
“To the set.” Yan Qiuchi said.
The light of the street lamp came in through the window. Yan Qiuchi was sitting in the dark. There was only light on his neck and chest. The sexy Adam's apple slipped up and down. His firm chin fell into the darkness, and so did his face.