Chapter 44: The reluctant little empress.
When he went back to his home, Chen Huan felt he was fooled.
After a few people pressuring him, he changed his mind and accepted to play the male Fang Shu role.
This was completely his vanity causing trouble!
On one hand, everybody was sincere when they persuaded him and their words so ferociously enticing.
On the other hand, it was a role in a movie he liked very much. This sense of honor made him easily fooled.
But it was useless to think about these things now.
He already had the script in hand and carefully looked at it as he remembered Kashiwabara performance.
Japanese Film and TV have a unique feeling.
Whether it was trying to be handsome, deliberately pretending to be cool or deliberately trying to create an awkward atmosphere.
If it wasn’t for Kashiwabara’s great fit with the movie’s male Fuuji, the movie probably wouldn’t be received as well as it was.
Let’s not talk about 1995 Kashiwabara, the performance of Shun Oguri in 2017 ‘Gintama’, didn’t the audience cringe at it?
Although there were some other reasons why Anime/Manga were not suited to be adapted into live movies, it was Shun Oguri’s exaggerated acting that made the people leave the theater one by one.
Moreover, Shun Oguri have tens of millions of fans in China but the box office didn’t even reach 90 million yuan. How could that be a good movie?
If you want to say that China’s wasn’t acclimated to Japanese’s movies to begin with, how do you explain the box office of ‘Your Name’? (That movie grossed over 80m dollars in China only, big ass success.)
Therefore, Chen Huan would not do everything Kashiwabara did and must put his own things.
While Chen Huan was busy preparing his role, Zhu Mei was also working vigorously.
She first confirmed Chen Qian for the role.
The overjoyed Chen Qian heard from Zhu Mei that the film was “underfunded” so set the pay at 500k which was even more exaggerated that half the salary for a literacy film. It was a half of the half.
Fortunately, she didn’t have an agent or the agent would be furious.
Among the several female stars that were rejected, Cao Nihui didn’t care but Bu Yiyi had some grievance.
Couldn’t an actress like her even play the supporting actress role?
Director Zhu, was your movie so difficult to star at?
To be honest, Zhu Mei was very satisfied with Bu Yiyi and felt very grateful that a big name like her was willing to come for a supporting actress role, which was only someone who really like you would do.
So she told her the honest truth.
“I’m sorry, Yiyi, we gave the audition tape to Teacher Chu Liuxiang and he thought you didn’t suit the role, sorry!”
She hung up the phone after.
Bu Yiyi grinded her teeth in anger.
You dare to say that I can’t play female Fang Shu? I’d like to see what kind of super actress you will choose!
While Bu Yiyi grinded her teeth, the ‘Super Actress’ was in a daze.
Han Dong’er was looking in confusion at her agent and assistant while thinking she heard them wrong.
Someone actually went to find her to act in a movie.
It would be directed by Zhu Mei, a well know literacy director, and it was a script coming from Teacher Chu Liuxiang that made ‘A Bowl of Plain Noodles’!
“Is this a prank?” Han Dong’er asked while reading a book.
Her personality was a bit cold but it wasn’t faked or artificial so some of her action was a bit silly and cute.
For example this gesture of leaning her head made Sun Yan smile.
Han Dong’er became famous at a young age. At the age of 16, she was the champion of a singing show and then she was signed by a well-known studio in the industry, ‘Yongren Studio’.
In fact, there were many record companies that wanted to sign here, including one of the three biggest record company, Phoenix Record Company.
But why did she choose a second-tier company then?
The first reason was the owner of the Yongren Studio, Wei Xi, was one of the judges in the singing competition and helped Han Dong’er a lot along the competition.
Another reason was Wei Xi requirement from Han Dong’er was really relaxing. He only needed her to come out with two albums in three years and didn’t need anything else. She could even arrange it by herself.
In contrast, Phoenix Record Company gave much more money than Yongren Studio but there were a lot more condition and harsher too.
Han Dong’er didn’t like being restrained by other so she decisively chose Yongren Studio.
Wei Xi was very happy about it as he used his contacts and a lot of money to create her first album had the same name as her, ‘Han Dong’er’. The album obtained very good result and made Wei Xi a lot of money.
At the same time, Han Dong’er became the one of the three major heavenly queens of the industry which meant fortune and fame came with it.
Although she didn’t have any new works in the past year, there were still a lot of people who like her and plenty of people chose her songs daily in the Karaoke.
But she never thought someone would come to her for a role in a movie at a time like this.
“It definitely wasn’t. The call went to Brother Xi and he and director Zhu knows each other.” Sun Yan explained, “Brother Xi opinion on it was that you can consider going if you have nothing to do. After all, Director Zhu is has a very good reputation in the domestic movie industry. Maybe if you go this once, it will pave you another road for you career.”
“Not going.” Han Dong’er answer was the two very simple after listening to her for half a day.
Su Yuan tried to persuade her, “Dong’er, Directory Zhu’s movie is very hyped you know? The script was written by your favorite writer, Teacher Chu Liuxiang! He’s the author of ‘A Bowl of Plain Noodles’, do you remember?”
“Oh, him!” Han Dong’er remembered, “But I can’t act, why would I go? Humiliate myself?”
Su Yan also silently agreed with her.
Right, I also don’t know why they chose you.
Your face never smiled all year long. If it wasn’t for you being young, you long would have been called a robot by the people!
But it was the boss Wei Xi’s intention to have Han Dong’er act.
Han Dong’er was more capricious than expected as she stopped making new album the past two years and her following had dropped greatly, making her second album difficult to produce.
If she went to make Zhu Mei’s movie and get some attention from the movie industry, her album wouldn’t need to be promoted greatly and would only need a bit of a push.
“Just go~” Su Yan didn’t care about her face as she gently shook Han Dong’er shoulder, “Dong’er, the film will only take a month and you need to experience more things since you’re so young!”
“Is this what Brother Xi’s want?” Han Dong’er didn’t eat her lies and asked straightforwardly.
“Huh…” Sun Yan didn’t answer but her intention was clear.
“Alright! I’ll go!” Han Dong’er replied lightly, “I know he’s having a headache these past two years because of me. I think he’s regretting signing a lazy person like me!”
“No way!” Su Yan disagreed, “How much money we made for him with our first album? You also know that the boss isn’t the kind of person that takes money over people. He just want you to take the role so people don’t forget about you!”
“Without good works, it’s normal for them to forget about me.” Han Dong’er said indifferently.
Her thinking was very simple.
If there was no good song from the singer, what right did she have to ask the fans’ devotion?
Now that she was stuck, wasn’t it normal for her popularity to go down?
Thanks shrot1234 for the extensive check once again 🙂