WBVDEC Chapter 58 – Whirlwind Play (1)
Before they knew it, it was the end of the year. Jiang Yu asked Mr. Zhou about the Youth Design Competition and learned that because the show was to be broadcast live on TV, the recording would not officially start until after the New Year.
In such an atmosphere, Jiang Yu and Fang Huai agreed and picked an auspicious day to start filming. Who knew, just the day before the crew started, the lead actor Song Yiqiao called.
"Hello, Director. Err, that, I can't participate in the role..."
Fang Huai was startled and almost fell into the pot. "Can't participate anymore? What do you mean? Song Yiqiao, don't make fun of me. We are about to start filming, how could you tell me you can't act now?! What's the matter with you?"
Fang Huai's always kind face now showed anger and he said anxiously: "If you don't give me a valid reason, I will abolish you!"
Song Yiqiao swallowed his saliva and said bravely: "Director Fang, I'm sorry. I can't help it either, don't blame me!" After saying that, he hung up the phone with a snap.
"What is he doing?!" Fang Huai walked around the room angrily. "We are about to start filming, and now the male lead tell me that he is not coming, where can I find another actor this late?
The heroine Jiang Yu, who was doing makeup and styling, was not angry after hearing this. She only asked: "Did he say why?"
"No! He just said that he can't come! He also said he can't do anything about it! Go to hell! He don't have any sense of responsibility! This is hard for us!"
Jiang Yu frowned and said, "If it really doesn't work, just call the actor who scored the second highest in the interview before."
"No way!" Fang Huai immediately refused, "Although our funds are limited, we must choose the best actor to be the protagonist. It's not like there was no one who wanted to join our group to be the first male lead, but I rejected them all. Although Song Yiqiao's face is not particularly outstanding, fortunately, his acting is good. The more important thing is that his height matches you. The second place candidate, his acting is not good, his face is stiff, and his stature is not taller than you. If such a person coming to play with you, we can't guarantee that I won't be sprayed to death by your fans!"
Hearing this, Jiang Yu fell into deep thought. She also liked to pursue perfection in her life. In fact, this was the reason why her design could be liked by everyone. But under such circumstances, the filming was about to start, and the funds were limited. Where could they find a suitable male lead?
In the current Chinese entertainment industry, actors were paid very high. If Jiang Yu was not in touch, she wouldn’t know about it. First-line actors were often paid in tens of millions even just for supporting roles. If they needed to look for another one quickly, the salary offered would probably need to rise as well. She was afraid that all her deposits wouldn’t be enough.
Fang Huai was helpless and said: "Jiang Yu, do you know anyone in the circle? If so, you can call them and ask if they can introduce a new actor who is not yet well-known?"
"Yeah, sometimes entertainment companies will sign some freshmen who have just left the film academy. These people usually have good conditions and only need small salary."
Jiang Yu pondered for a moment and finally called Gu Shenliu.
"Hello." Gu Shenliu's voice on the other side was very clear.
"You already woke up?"
Never slept at all. "En. Where are you?"
"In the crew." Jiang Yu smiled.
"The crew?" Gu Shenliu raised his eyebrows, "Is it that crew with four kiss scenes?"
"..." Jiang Yu laughed and then asked again: "I want to ask if there are new people who have just signed in your studio, the kind which the price is cheaper?"
"What happened?" Gu Shenliu's voice was low.
"We were ready to start filming, but the male lead somehow said that he can't come because of something. Fang Huai was very angry and asked everyone to check if they knew anyone. So I thought of asking you, do you have anyone available over there?"
"Someone available?" Gu Shenliu's fingers tapped on the sofa subconsciously. He stood up, walked to the window, and looked at the cold sunlight outside the window. "What kind do you need?"
Fang Huai stared at her nervously from the side, Jiang Yu pondered for a moment, "He should be taller than me."
"It's best to look handsome. After all, he will be the male lead. I will be sorry to the audience if he is too ugly."
"Well, go on."
"There's nothing else. Err, well it will be better if it's cheaper and good in acting. You know, I don't have much money now." Jiang Yu pull out the truth from facts.
After hearing this, Gu Shenliu paused for a moment andhis eyes narrowed slightly, "Handsome, tall, and has good acting skills?"
Gu Shenliu suddenly raised the corner of his lips and said, "In half an hour, I'll let someone go to your crew."
Jiang Yu was stunned for a moment. Gu Shenliu hung up the phone before saying who would be coming, this was not his usual style.
"How is it?" Fang Huai asked nervously, "Did Gu Shenliu have anyone to introduce?"
"No, he just say the actor will arrive in half an hour."
"That's good! It's good to have someone! Since it's Gu Shenliu's connection, it can't be wrong! Let's wait!" Fang Huai said happily.
After half an hour.
"Director Fang! Come out and see!" The field manager came over and shouted, "Come out quickly! There's something big!"
Fang Huai and Jiang Yu looked at each other and then walked out the door together. From a distance, Jiang Yu saw all the actors standing at the door, watching a man walk in from outside. The man looked calm, obviously walking on the same ground as others, but when he came, it was as if he was stepping on auspicious clouds covered with red carpet.
Jiang Yu looked at the man ink-like eyes. Those eyes were the same as usual, they seemed calm like water, but they seemed to have strong undercurrent. This man, who else if not Gu Shenliu?
Jiang Yu raised her eyebrows and chuckled, "Senior Brother, why are you here?"
Gu Shenliu was good at acting, and after greeting everyone, he spoke in a deep voice: "Junior Sister encountered difficulties, I, as a senior brother, naturally want to help!"
After hearing this, all the people at the scene gave him a thumbs up, secretly saying that Gu Shenliu was really loyal.
Jiang Yu laughed, but Fang Huai rushed up in two steps, looked behind Gu Shenliu, and after a while, he asked: "That, Movie Emperor Gu, where is the actor you said will come? Is he still in the car? Or is he coming later?" His little heart couldn't stand any toss. If Gu Shenliu didn’t bring anyone, he was afraid that he would fall back to the ground.
Jiang Yu looked at Gu Shenliu with a smile on her brows. "Senior Brother, what about the actor you said?
A faint smile appeared on Gu Shenliu's expressionless face. The corners of his mouth were raised, and his voice was faint: "The one that is handsome, tall, and good at acting?"
Fang Huai took a step ahead and nodded like smashing garlic: "Yeah, Movie Emperor Gu. We are looking for this kind of actor! You have been in this circle for a long time, we can rest assured with someone you have introduced us!" Just, hand over the person quickly!
Who knew, Gu Shenliu glanced at everyone, and then said quietly, "What do you think of me?"
"..." Everyone was silent. For a while, no one spoke for a long time.
Even Jiang Yu didn’t recover for some time.
Fang Huai laughed and said, "Movie Emperor Gu, this kind of joke is not funny at all! It's not funny!"
Gu Shenliu frowned, his long and narrow eyes narrowed slightly, and said: "Your requirements are too high. Handsome, tall, and good acting skills, where can I find such a rookie actor? If there is, I’m afraid they've already become a second-tier actors! Besides, it's hard to find a decent actor with the salary you offer and I also have to consider the actress's looks, to find someone that at least someone has a sense of CP! I thought about it for a long time but I couldn't find anyone. However, Junior Sister is in need of help and I have no excuse to refuse as a senior brother. I already said someone will come, but as I cannot find anyone, I can only go into battle myself!"
Only then did everyone realize that Gu Shenliu was not joking!
Everyone couldn't believe it and looked at each other in dismay. They hadn't recovered from this "bad news". Yes, Gu Shenliu was a big star, but they also recognized that they couldn't support him. They came to this crew originally with the intention of trying with new director, new actors, and newly made teams. Anyway, they were all new people, if anyone did something wrong, no one would laugh. Everyone would work hard and make progress together. They also felt safe when they stayed in such a team, but if Gu Shenliu joined...
OMG! How scary! Working with a super first-line celebrity! It's scary just imagining it! Mom, they want to go home! They want to strike!
Fang Huai also didn't return to his senses for a long time. But he was the director after all, seeing Gu Shenliu’s request to join the group, his harmless round face was stunned for a moment, but then a hint of treacherousness suddenly appeared:
"Movie Emperor Gu, our crew has no money..."
Gu Shenliu's mouth twitched into a smile: "How dare I talk about money in a drama invested by my junior sister?"
Jiang Yu shivered. Don’t want money to play? Gu Shenliu was either stupid or planning something!
Everyone stared at the two, as if smelling something wrong.
Oops! Did the actor... pursuing his junior sister Jiang Yu? After all, everyone knew that Gu Shenliu seldom received TV dramas now. Besides his early debut works, he had been developing on the big screen. Now, he lowered his price to act in TV dramas, and it was an unsecured online dramas! No matter how they looked at it, it felt very inconsistent! If fans knew about it, they would definitely think that Gu Shenliu was hacked.
However, Fang Huai seemed to be afraid that Gu Shenliu would go back on his words. He quickly hugged Gu Shenliu’s thighs and said: "Deal! Movie Emperor Gu, you will play the male lead!"
Fang Huai was not a fool. Although Jiang Yu was also his goddess, but he knew that a goddess could only be seen from a distance. Since Gu Shenliu was interested in Jiang Yu, he should fulfill the two of them. Thinking of this, Fang Huai fell silent. He was thinking if he should communicate with the screenwriter to add a few more kissing scenes? Maybe when the two of them kissed it wouldn’t be fake at all! After all, he remembered that Gu Shenliu had never performed a classic kiss scene on the big screen so far. If the kiss scenes in this drama exploded, would he be afraid of not getting enough audience? Would he be afraid that fans wouldn't watch?