Gao Qiao stood in the corner of the elevator, hung down his head and watched the official trailer. The melodious flute sound came out. When the trailer was over, he looked up and said to Yan Qiuchi: “All the data and responses are great.”
They had people in their company to process all the data, who had already done public opinion research and prediction long before the release of the trailer. The predicted results were very good, and now the feedback was not really a surprise.
The visiting and the interview were conducted at the same time. After Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan finished filming, the interviews of others had already ended. The presses were waiting for them excitedly.
It was the highlight of the day!
Bai Qingquan and Shen Jintai merely standing together could attract everyone's attention.
Let alone they offered an amazing performance together!
Shen Jintai used to do vocal exercises and was very careful with his vocal cord. Now his voice’s a little fragile and hoarse after many hysteric scenes that needed him to shout out loud. He had some water, went to the interview area under the guidance of the staff and happened to meet Bai Qingquan getting off the nanny car.
He smiled at Bai Qingquan, who handed him a bottle of tea.
“Moisten your throat.”
Shen Jintai saw boat-fruited sterculia seeds in it, which was a kind of Chinese medicine that’s good for the voice cord.
“Thank you.” He took it over, opened the lid and took a sip, then went to the interview area with Bai Qingquan.
This had been photographed by some media already. Bai’s fans and Jin’s fans looked at each other, complicated feelings came up in their minds.
What was going on!
They must be pretending!
Bai Qingquan’s fans thought so, especially.
Wuwuwuwu, their idol was so beautiful and kind-hearted. Even though he had been bullied by Shen Jintai for so many years, he was still nice to Shen. It seemed that all the negativities just couldn’t get to him!
Shen Jintai’s fans sneered.
Bai Qingquan's hypocrisy hadn’t changed a bit after all these years. No wonder why their idol criticized him in public years ago when Shen didn’t retire.
FYI, there are many kinds of discord in the showbiz. In one scenario, the stars have good relationships but the fans hate each other, which makes it look like there’s a discord. In another scenario, the fans are fine, but the stars play dirty behind other’s back.
But in Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan’s case, the stars and the fans both hate each other, they were natural rivals ever since the very beginning.
“Your rival show of fighting each other just now was really amazing. I’m wondering have you two had any try-outs before the shooting?” A journalist tried to stir something up.
Shen Jintai looked at Bai Qingquan with a smile, and said: “Of course we had some discussion, we also rehearsed it.”
He then moved the microphone to Bai Qingquan. Bai Qingquan also said with a smile: “The reason why it was so amazing is probably that the opposite actor is so amazing.”
Shen Jintai asked him with a smile: “Is this compliment for me or for yourself?”
Bai Qingquan said in the laughter of the journalists: “Both.”
The presses were stunned.
When Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan debuted as a group years ago, every show of theirs were interesting, but in a bad way. Shen Jintai used to like to make mockery and insinuation aggressively. Bai Qingquan seemed weak, but never surrendered. Instead, he fought back in brilliant ways.
Shouldn’t there be one hell of a fight since they cast the same play now?
But it turned out to be a show about brotherhood.
No, it could also be sisterhood.
But what they wanted to see was not this. They wanted to see Shen and Bai fighting each other.
Come back, the mean Shen Jintai!
“I’m wondering if you’ve ever heard about the rumor before, it said that you two just don’t get along. In fact, we’re all very surprised at the cooperation of yours this time. Now the cooperation between you two is so pleasant, do you want to clarify the misunderstanding others have on the relationships between you two?”
This female journalist was really tricky. It looked like that she was defending them, but clearly, she was also trying to mess the situation.
This problem was very dangerous. Bai Qingquan looked at Shen Jintai with a smile.
He thought it was safer for him to let Shen Jintai answer it first.
Shen Jintai used to like to do and say the opposite of what he does and says, which made him very embarrassed.
Shen Jintai said with a smile: “It’s not a misunderstanding. We really didn’t get along before.”
He shocked all the audience.
Bai’s fans were about to curse.
Just when they thought they could be a little nicer to him, this hateful Shen Jintai did it again!! He was about to start hyping again!
Li Meilan and Xiao Tang was standing at the front of Jin’s fans, and their faces turned pale, frightening.
Li Meilan kept winking at Shen Jintai. Why did he have to tell the truth? Didn’t he understand the way people talk in the showbiz? Even though there’s hatred deep down, at least pretend!
Look at Bai Qingquan.
Bai Qingquan's smile was slightly stiff and a little embarrassed.
But the reporters were excited.
Shen Touhua, you are back at last!
Shen Jintai smiled, and then said: “I have to tell you the truth. Although we started together, I was not a friend with Qingquan because of my grumpy temper. Qingquan was nicer.”
Li Meilan breathed in relief.
Although it was a little dangerous, it was much better than saying bad things about Bai Qingquan.
Boy, you're finally getting it.
The smile on Bai Qingquan's face became unnatural. He looked at Shen Jintai very seriously.
He was as surprised as those around him about Shen Jintai’s words.
“Because I was only 18 years old when I first started my career in the showbiz, I was just a kid who was not mature. Now I have grown up. In the past two years, many things have happened to me. I think I can be friends with Qingquan now.”
After that, Shen Jintai smiled and turned to Bai Qingquan. Instead of embarrassment, there was only sincerity on his face.
Bai Qingquan had a feeling that what he said was true.
Because he witnessed the change of Shen Jintai.
Although the presses didn't see the situation of the two rivals fighting, Shen Jintai's words were more than enough.
The presses were very satisfied.
“We really didn't get along before.” could be the headline. It was a great material for them to use.
Shen Jintai said that not only to show Bai Qingquan his friendliness, but also to give the presses something to report.
Being in the entertainment industry for a long time, he understood the importance of mutual benefits. The work of those journalists made them prefer the stars with topics.
The scene was very difficult to play. It was a great consumption of both body and mind energy. When it was finished, everyone was exhausted.
Especially Song Wei. Since she was not young, she got too tired from a whole day's shooting to go to the arranged dinner.
Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan were young. Youth is their capital. If they are tired, they’ll just sleep it off. Not to mention the shooting was actually exciting.
Shen Jintai was very serious when he was acting, but very lively when he left the studio. He invited a group of people to dinner.
“Do you want to come, Qingquan?” He asked with a smile.
Bai Qingquan just got his makeup off. He was thin, tall and white in the jeans and white T-shirt. If you cover the lower half of his face, his eyes looked even better. He said with a smile: “OK.”
Shen Jintai was stunned for a moment, a little surprised.
Big progress. He wondered whether it was because of his good acting or the sincerity of his words back in the interview.
Thinking of this, he suddenly thought of his reward.
When Xiao Ai popped up, he was still in the character and didn't pay attention to that. Now he remembered that he seemed to get a lot of rewards.
He beckoned everyone to get on the car, and Zheng Siqi said: “How about you and me go there together? I’ll drive.”
Zheng Siqi came here in a luxury car. Although he was a new actor, he was rich.
Zheng Siqi's noble spirit wasn’t all attributed to his appearance.
Shen Jintai got on his car and called Xiao Ai as soon as he sat down.
“Dear!” Xiao Ai was very enthusiastic.
“What rewards did you say I got?”
“Slim waist, sexy nipples, beautiful eyebrows and bright eyes. By the way, slim waist came with the waist lines bonus.”
Shen Jintai was a little embarrassed: “Sexy nipples?”
Xiao Ai giggled: “Yes, because this time the points was rising rapidly, it was too late for you to choose your reward. The system could only make a choice for you. But dear, that's not the point. You've also got beautiful eyes and eyebrows.”
Shen Jintai's attention was successfully drawn. It sounded attracting, which neutralized the coquettish feeling from the sexy nipples.
“Yes, beautiful eyes and eyebrows. As the name suggests, good shaped eyebrows and bright and clear eyes. As an actor, the most important part of your body is your eyes. Your acting skills are so good, I believe that you’ll be able to better handle the close-ups in the future with a pair of bright eyes and beautiful eyebrows. They’ll look great!"
“When have you become so sweet?”
Shen Jintai was also very satisfied. He took out his phone, opened the front camera and looked into it.
His eyes seemed to be a lot brighter. With his red lips, he looked incredibly ruddy and great.
He smiled. Wow! Maybe it was because of his better mood, he thought he looked way better than before. His smile seemed to have the power to cheer others up.
As for the other rewards, he couldn't check them now and didn't care about them.
He moved a little, changed into a more comfortable position, the loose T-shirt rubbed against his body, but he suddenly felt…
The sexy nipples should only refer to color, the shape wouldn’t be altered, right?
He had no courage to look down.
He quickly took out his phone and distracted himself.
He didn't have time to watch the trailer.
He only heard from Xiao Tang that the feedbacks were very good and his fans were very satisfied.
Li Meilan was even a little excited and felt that he would make it this time.
He first read some popular comments on the internet. The top few of which were all from fans. They controlled the comments. And the top three were all about Bai Qingquan, which showed the influence of Bai’s fans. What followed was the comments about Yang Lizhi. Yang’s fans also could not be underestimated.
And then his name.
He forwarded that post, and saw that his had gained tens of thousands of followers.
This time, he didn't type anything, only a few emojis, which seemed very restrained.
Then he watched the trailer. Zheng Siqi, who was in the front, heard the music and looked back: “The trailer?”
Shen Jintai said: “Yup.” To be honest, he was very excited to watch it with matching music after all the editing.
The music was very good, very suitable to be heard all over the streets in the future. The color of the video was a bit thick, but it was still beautiful.
From composition to lighting, Guo Rui made the video looked as beautiful as a painting.
At the end of the trailer, Shen raised his head at the end of the music and lowered his head slightly, which looked fabulous.
“There’re more than just the official trailer.” Zheng Siqi reminded him: “There’re two other versions of trailers made by two TV stations.”
“Really?” Shen Jintai immediately searched it again.
The other two versions of trailers were basically the same as the official one. The extra scenes were basically the scenes that had nothing to do with the plot. One of the scenes was a group of concubines giving their salute along with the rhythm of the music, which was poetic, atmospheric and full of tension. It was very exciting.
Weibo was the world of fans, so the young stars were the main focus. However, the TV station was the world of aunts. Therefore, plays about royal members fighting each other was still the main contents. Shen Jintai’s name was far behind. Among all the actors, only Bai Qingquan was listed the second as the leading male character.
Shen Jintai couldn't wait to watch the play.
There was less than half a month left. If everything went great, there would be more and more materials coming up.
In the real-time comments about him, many haters’ could be recognized. And the most seen comment was: “One scene doesn’t mean anything. He didn’t even have a line. There’s no way to tell whether he’s good or not!”
Shen Jintai was excited to see the comments of the haters. He wanted to see what they would be like when the play’s broadcast!
“This play could really be Shen Jintai’s perfect comeback show.” Weige said to Bai Qingquan in the nanny car.
Bai Qingquan was a little tired. He was lying on the seat with his eyes closed. He said lightly: “He did well.”
Weige was stunned, looked at him and said: “You don't hate him anymore?”
“Frankly speaking?” Bai Qingquan opened his eyes: “I see him now, I don’t feel annoyed, but afraid.”
“Afraid? Afraid of what?”
“I'm afraid that I could never be better than him. Sometimes his eyes look very frightening, and he could bring me into the play, which gives me goose bumps.” Bai Qingquan leaned on his seat, confused. Thinking of Shen Jintai back in the shooting site, Bai seemed to admire him: “His acting used to be dull, but now he seems to be enlightened. He seems to have talents.”
Talents are gifts from god. Many actors and actresses had studied acting for several years, but still couldn’t be as natural as the talented.
The most natural acting moves people the most.
Bai Qingquan didn’t think of himself as a talented actor. Though he was better than many, his empathy ability was not as good as Shen Jintai's. He had to find that state, had to ponder and grope for the character, and he could rarely get into the story and forget who he was.
For a young actor who still needs improving, like Bai, the occasional experience of getting into the story can be particularly shocking. It’s weird, wonderful, joyful, frightening and beyond words. It’s so amazing that one can even feel his or her head go numb. After it, the actor or the actress will enjoy the career of acting ever since.
He had experienced this feeling twice in the shooting of HCEP. One was when he played opponent with Song Wei, empress Xiao, and the other was with Shen Jintai.
That was what he pursued. If Shen Jintai got it, he could temporarily forget all the humiliation he had suffered and respect Shen in his heart.
It seems to be easy to perform. But in fact, it is hard for ordinary people to express freely in front of the camera, which requires training and talent.
But training can never compare with talent.
Shen Jintai got talent.
“He was born for this. He has a special sense of camera.” Guo Rui lay back on his chair and said to Yan Qiuchi.
Yan Qiuchi was looking at the shooting materials on the computer, on which an exciting part was playing. Tricks after tricks, one man behind another. The prince was framed, but even someone as smart as Li Xu couldn’t figure out who the murderer was. Shen Jintai on the screen had blood on his forehead, crooked hairpin and messy hair. He stared at the camera. His eyes were red. Although he didn't shout, his strong feelings strike.
The bodyguard grabbed Zhou Ying, the eldest prince, and Zhou Ying said in a low voice: “Go back to the second prince.”
After that, he was pulled up. His clothes were rustling. Li Xu wanted to hold the prince's hand, but all he got was the air. He knelt on the ground, turned his head to look at Zhou Jing behind him, and looked at all the royal members and court officials who looked flustered and surly. Suddenly, he realized that everyone here was behind the conspiracy.
Too many people wanted to live in the East Palace and sit on that throne.
The empress crawled on the ground, kowtowed and said: “Your majesty!”
Li Xu's face changed abruptly. He suddenly turned his head to the eldest prince. His lips shook and he clenched his fist.
Yan Qiuchi had read the script. Meng Xiaosheng, the screenwriter, once told him that the thing about Prince Zhou Ying and the eunuch Li Xu was “Sacrifice the best man to summon the evilest.”
Before shooting, he couldn't imagine what Li Xu would look like since it was Shen Jintai who played the role.
Now he could. He started to imagine Shen Jintai crying out a river when the eldest prince got killed. How moving could it be! He was also looking forward to see Shen Jintai holding a bouquet of roses, saying the most classic line of Li Xu.