“I've been looking forward to this for a long time, and my dream has finally come true!”
“Why this lyric! Now I can’t stop singing it!”
“Ha ha ha ha, today is HCEP’s day. The annual blockbuster is finally about to show itself.”
“I suggest you not to expect too much. The higher your expectation is, the bigger your disappointment will be. The annual blockbuster might become the annual failure. Have you forgotten the past?”
“There was never a royal family’s drama turned out to be a failure, right? Have you seen the trailer yesterday? It was so damn great.”
“The last line of the final trailer Song Wei said was really cool, she really is a wonderful actress!”
“Get him out of here! Cane him to death!”
“There are a lot of great lines in the trailer. That line of his ‘what about riding on your head? I've ridden the eldest prince.’ Ha ha ha ha ha ha.”
“That’s when he and the chief eunuch was arguing, right? Ah ha ha ha ha ha, I saw it, too. LMAO. It’s absurd but really funny and exciting.”
“I hope this play won't disappoint me. I've been looking forward to it for a long time. Royal family’s drama has always been my favorite, and the eunuch bottom is really my dig!”
“It's really been expected by a lot of people. The crew really knows how to hold in suspense. They released several versions of trailers, romantic trailer, trailer about people fighting each other, trailer about pretty people fighting each other… I hope the play can be as good as the trailers, it’ll get viral for sure!”
Not only the netizens were looking forward to it, but also the stars.
On the first day of the broadcast, the whole cast took half a day off.
Shen Jintai had planned to spend time with his fans, but in the early morning, Mrs. Yan sent her driver to pick him up.
“I'm well informed. I know that you have one day off. I haven't seen you for a long time. Come back and let me have a look. Today, let’s watch it together.”
Shen Jintai couldn’t turn down Mrs. Yan’s hospitality, and went with the driver.
As soon as they met, Mrs. Yan froze.
“You...” Mrs. Yan looked for a long time and said: “Who is this! I can hardly recognize you.”
Shen Jintai had changed a lot. If you look closely, he didn’t change, but got more alive. His whole person was unbelievably bright and ruddy.
“I thought the condition was harsh there, and I wanted to send some supplements to the crew. I didn't expect that you were so well groomed.”
“We have been treated greatly, thanks to president Yan.” Shen Jintai said with a smile.
Mrs. Yan smiled and took him to the living room. She whispered: “We are all here today, and your uncle Yan is back.”
“Yaoxuan is back, too?” Shen Jintai asked.
“He didn't, but the bigger brother’s at home.” Said Mrs. Yan.
Shen Jintai smiled and said nothing. Looking at his expression, he really moved on from Yan Qiuchi.
He looked so natural that he seemed to had no history with Yan Qiuchi.
Although it was autumn, it was still hot. Especially lately, abnormally hot. The highest temperature had exceeded 30 degrees Celsius. Shen Jintai wore black pants and a white T-shirt. When he entered the door, he took off his baseball cap and stroked his hair.
A strong, deep voice of a man came.
Shen Jintai quickly bowed and said, “Good afternoon, uncle.”
It was his first time meeting Yan Tiefeng, the man who live in the news, in person. As one of the world's richest man, Yan Tiefeng had surpassed the status of ordinary businessmen and became a real big man.
Yan Tiefeng said: “Your aunt brought us here early in the morning to watch your new TV series.”
Mrs. Yan said with a smile: “Are you doing this only for Jin? Your son invested in this play. Even if I don't ask, you two would watch the first episode to see if it’s good enough.”
There was still some time before the official broadcast, Mrs. Yan said: “Let's have our dinner first, and then we can watch it together.”
“Where is Qiuchi?” Asked Yan Tiefeng.
“He just come back, he’s taking a bath.” Said a maid at home.
Shen Jintai went to the lavatory first. And when he came out and passed the stairway, he heard the sound of footsteps coming. He turned to look upstairs and saw Yan Qiuchi.
Yan Qiuchi was wearing casual clothes, which was rare. He wore a gray shirt, sleeves were loosely rolled up. He even unbuttoned the top button. Also, his hair hung down easily. But even then, he still seemed to give out a strong ascetic atmosphere.
Probably because of that face.
Long legs, wide shoulders and slim waist, tall and straight, very masculine figure, along with the most ascetic face, altogether they created a very unique temperament.
Song Wei was right. There was no such type in the showbiz. It was in need.
However, it was probably because he was born in a rich family and didn’t get in the showbiz, his temperament could be formed with his family background, knowledge, education, vision and other advantages.
People could only envy him.
Yan Qiuchi saw him and nodded.
Shen Jintai didn't pretend to be cold and smiled politely.
This smile surprised Yan Qiuchi for a while.
“Today, I made several dishes that you like,” Mrs. Yan said, preparing the table: “specially made for you.”
“Your aunt Fang seldom cooks now.” Yan Tiefeng said.
Shen Jintai sat down: “Thank you aunt.”
“I’ll be more than happy if you like it and eat it up." Mrs.Yan said and took a look at Yan Qiuchi: “You’re finally here, young master.”
“Took a bath.” Yan Qiuchi said.
“Let’s eat.” Yan Tiefeng diverted the topic.
He knew that his son didn't like Shen Jintai very much. He didn't agree with Mrs. Yan's behavior of thinking for Shen and trying to bring them together. But he was too afraid of his wife to say it out.
Mrs. Yan carefully observed Yan Qiuchi and Shen Jintai.
It had changed.
Yan Qiuchi lost his former indifference and disgust, and the snooping and flattery also couldn’t be seen in Shen Jintai.
At the dinner table, Yan Qiuchi talked about filming again. He said: “Shen Jintai did a good job, exceeded expectations.”
“Exceeded whose expectation?” Mrs. Yan asked with a smile.
“Everyone's expectations.” Yan Qiuchi replied lightly.
Shen Jintai said with a smile, “President Yan praised me like this, I feel I'm under a lot of pressure.”
“Have you seen it?” Yan Tiefeng asked Yan Qiuchi.
“I've seen the rough cut.”
The news broadcast finished on TV. The two satellite TV stations broadcast the play together. The fiercest battle for ratings is at the beginning. Whoever broadcast the fastest and earliest would take the lead. The news broadcast just ended, the image turned abruptly, and the title song of HCEP started.
“It's beginning!” Mrs. Yan was so excited that she put down her chopsticks and ran quickly.
Shen Jintai just finished eating. She hurriedly went to watch. Mrs. Yan called Yan Tiefeng and said: “Come here, hurry!”
Yan Tiefeng smiled and got up. Yan Qiuchi told the maid to clean up the table, and then he sat beside them.
“Here comes the East Palace” had a very good lead-in. It was fast-paced and exciting. One slap scene after another, Mrs. Yan saw Shen Jintai got slapped and asked: “Is this woman a villain? She doesn't look like a good person.”
"She is a good person, a good friend of the female lead.” Shen Jintai said: “I am a big villain.”
Yan Tiefeng didn't know these things. He was surprised to hear that: “You played a villain.”
He thought that Shen Jintai's participation in the play was because of Mrs.Yan, so he definitely could get a good role.
Shen Jintai nodded, and Yan Tiefeng said: “That sounds quite challenging. The villain could be very brilliant if you do it well,”
Mrs. Yan was so excited that she even called the maids to come and watch in: “Jin played in this.”
It was like she was eager to show off her son’s good grades. She even posted on social media.
And she posts no more than a dozen a year.
In the first episode, Shen Jintai didn't have many parts, but it ended with his eyebrows raising at the banquet. After processing, Shen Jintai's beauty soared. He looked a little strange, unlike the Shen Jintai in the reality, pure and refreshing.
Yan Qiuchi thought so, and turned to look at Shen Jintai.
And he was a little surprised.
Shen Jintai was watching the second episode trailer. He is absorbed and attentive, with a smile on his lips.
His eyes were bright, his lips were moist, very good-looking.
Shen Jintai used to be a little feminine. Now he was not feminine anymore, instead, he was straight and upright and his micro expression was negligent and natural.
He was strange, even made people curious.
Curiosity, that’s what was in Yan Qiuchi's mind. After he realized it, a very complicated mood emerged.
But nothing else.
“I have more scenes in the second episode.” Shen Jintai said to Mrs. Yan excitedly.
“Yaoxuan just texted me to see whether you’re home or not. I asked him what time it is over there. He said he got up early in the morning.”
When it came to Yan Yaoxuan, Shen Jintai was a little embarrassed. He turned his head and found out that Yan Qiuchi was looking at him, so he looked away.
During the advertising, he checked his fans’ group chat “Genie fanmily”. There were thousands of messages in it, all excited.
“I cried, how about you!”
“Me too. First, our idol did a great job. Second, the play is so attracting. I think it must be popular!”
“I think so, too. I got everyone in my family to watch the play and they all say that it’s good!”
“My dad never watches TV. He came to watch it from time to time while sitting there playing games today. At last, he sat down with us and watched it. He said it looked like a good one.”
“Ha ha ha ha, my dad’s the same. But he watched because of Song Wei. He said she’s his goddess. I asked him what he thought of Jin. He said that Shen Jintai was very handsome. Hahahaha.”
“Don't just talk in here, go to the Weibo and comment. I saw HCEP on the top searched list. All the hot comments are about Bai Qingquan!”
When Shen Jintai saw this, he immediately took a look at the top searched list. The seven words “Here Comes the East Palace or broadcast" were indeed hung on there.
When he checked the comments on the top of some entertainment accounts, he found those were all “Beautiful Jing in the East Palace”. Every comment was exactly the same.
His fans couldn't lift their heads under the pressure from Bai’s fans. Only after a long time scrolling could one see their comments. They lack systematic management, and their power was a little scattered.
His fans’ system was not mature.
But Shen Jintai was still very moved, because the fans in the group chat were all crazily supportive and cheering for him.
Shen Jintai had always thought that the showbiz is a very magical place where you can easily love or hate a stranger. And the love and hate are so strong and real that you’d want the one you hate to die, and want all the best for the one you love.
At this moment, there were many people who hate him, but also many who love him.
What's more, he felt that his performance was worthy of fans' love.
So, he can enjoy the love more confidently.
“The fans of HCEP must be very happy today. The blockbuster didn’t turn to a failure. Good!”
“Just watched an episode, it's really good. The plot is compact, and people are beautiful. They made this play about royal members fight each other looked like a serious drama.
“The modeling is also beautiful. The actors and actresses in it look all eight degrees better than usual. Especially Bai Qingquan, who is the most beautiful man in ancient-style costume. He could take that title for another ten years.”
“That's right. Even Shen Jintai looks very comfortable in it. The stylist is really worked hard. Shen didn’t lose to Zheng Siqi and other actors at all.”
“Not just didn’t lose. At the end, when a group of princes stood together, each with their own beauty, Shen Jintai was in a eunuch outfit, was somehow pretty noticeable.”
“The last scene of him is really amazing. It's even better than it was in the trailer when watched with a long shot. I'm hooked!”
"Those who was mean to Shen Jintai before the broadcast, come out and fight!”
All actors and fans attached great importance to HCEP’s official broadcast.
In particular, Bai’s with strict discipline, clear division of labor and the most detailed personnel arrangement.
Some people were dedicated to post comments about Bai Qingquan, some were dedicated to controlling bad opinions, some were assigned to Weibo, some were assigned to forums.
Unlike Weibo, comments on forums are impossible to control. Bai’s fans who were assigned there was deeply frustrated.
“There are two forums getting out of hand, what should we do!” fans wailed in the crowd.
“Ha ha ha, Shen Jintai had no more than few minutes in the first episode, and Jin’s fans started to brag about his performance? Can't wait to see the second episode or what?”
“As I said, Jin’s fans are coming back.”
“The harder they brag about it, the more ashamed they’ll be in the future. My idol’s beauty and acting skills are both way better!”
“That's right. He could brag about his acting when he won an award.”
“I think the funniest thing is that he plays the beautiful eunuch in front of Bai Qingquan. Beautiful? He? Ha ha ha ha.”
“Bai Qingquan is really beautiful. Director Guo is so great.”
“I didn't want to use beautiful to describe my idol, but…but he is so fucking beautiful!”
In a short time, Bai’s fans’ group chat was filled with compliments.
After the two episodes of HCEP, passers-by summarized the following points: the acting skills of experienced actors and actresses, the beauty of the leading roles, and the change of Shen Jintai.
When the press conference was launched, Shen Jintai's change became got everyone’s attention. Later, when the presses visited the shooting site, his acting skills shocked many people. However, those who had paid attention to these things before the TV play was broadcast were all fans, which made it a special topic for only fans. Now, when they were on TV, and it was known to all.
It started at half past seven and ended at over nine.
In the second episode, there were more conflicts and more fierce materials. Especially in the last ten minutes, the eunuch and the prince's bed play made Yan Tiefeng stunned.
He grew up to this age, it was his first time to watch bed scene of two men in the television, the tension of the scene was more than enough, there were not much exposed, but it made the audience blushed and excited.
He was a little embarrassed and coughed.
Shen Jintai forgot the embarrassment.
It was an important scene. It was also the first time he's seen the formal version. When he watched it, his focus was different from that of the general audience. He picked up his performance details and find faults.
Especially the scene of tearing clothes, which had been filmed many times. He didn't think it was a big deal anymore. Actors are easy to get into the play when they perform, but when they watch it, it is more like a result test. The audience is the opposite. When they watch the actors on the shooting spot, they see that as a job, but when they watch it on TV, they are easy to get into the play.
This scene was unexpected to all.
The original novel has many sexy scenes, but when it became a play… It was already a big step forward to have this scene preserved, no one dares to expect more.
For the first time, the audience saw such a straightforward same-sex bed play on the TV screen. The play of tearing clothes, however, had no music, only the footsteps of two people stepping on the floor, and the rustling sound.
There was even no heavy breaths. Such restrained performance was even more tempting.
Then, with a tearing sound, the robe was torn away, revealing Shen Jintai's white back.
The plot ended abruptly at its climax.
Curse the producer!!!
Yan Tiefeng commented: “Not bad.”
Mrs. Yan: “Jin did an amazing job.”
Yan Qiuchi: “...”
“Don’t you have any comments after watching it?” Asked Mrs. Yan.
Yan Qiuchi said: “The good part is still behind, no need to boast so early.”
Mrs. Yan said to Shen Jintai: “Qiuchi counted on this play to get the company listed. Do your best. If you get famous, it could also be a favor for him.”
Shen Jintai said with a smile: “I get paid for this. It's my responsibility to perform well. Just hope I won’t hold them back.”
Yan Qiuchi opened his mouth a little after hearing this and looked at Shen Jintai. Shen Jintai also looked at him with a smile. His eyes were natural, with no avoiding eye contact. Their eyes were crossed and naturally separated.
It felt good.
Yan Qiuchi opened his hand, his palms were sweaty.
“Here comes the East Palace” had a big investment at the beginning, with a high degree of attention. A record number of premieres was not much of a surprise.
Everything worked out naturally and normally, which was in line with everyone's expectations.
Shen Jintai, in particular, knew the play would get viral.
The accident came at midnight.
Shen Jintai, who was going to sleep, suddenly received a call from Li Meilan. Li Meilan's voice was a little trembling. She said: “Jintai.”
Shen Jintai looked at the clock. It was 12 o'clock at night.
He was a little excited, so he went to bed late. The good comments made him energetic and he read the script for a long time.
“What's going on?”
He thought something bad had happened.
Li Meilan said: “I think you are about to get famous.”