Rebirth of a star - Chapter 15
That evening, the director held a three hour meeting.
When Susu woke up early in the morning, she had shadows under her eyes.
“The director said Yali was old.” Cui Jinghao sighed as he ate his breakfast. He turned to see Susu coming for breakfast.
“Cheng Ying, hurry up and come to me. Your brother will give you delicious food,” Cui Jinghao began to tease her in the early morning, and a new day began again.
Susu threw a bunch of napkins and said, “You’d better go to your aunt.”
The napkins fell halfway, causing Cui Jinghao to laugh.
After breakfast, Cui Jinghao opened his notebook and began to surf the Internet. Suddenly, he turned pale.
“Susu, come here and have a look.” Cui Jinghao dragged her.
Susu saw the news in bold and black: Jiao Peiqi died in a car accident and her family was suffering.
“Susu, come here.” When Director Song came in from the outside, he happened to see them too close to each other, and frowned darkly.
Susu followed Song Fuyu into the office muddleheaded.
Song Fuyu wasn’t used to twists and turns. He first made a cup of tea for her and solemnly said, “Our sponsor’s niece has taken a fancy to the role of Cheng Ying. I asked her to audition in the afternoon.”
Susu didn’t argue that she was very suitable for the role. She didn’t think about the breach of the contract at all, and just looked at the director quietly.
Song Fuyu was very satisfied with her reaction, he nodded and continued, “Yesterday I received a phone call from Jiao Peiqi’s mother saying that she had a car accident and died on the spot.”
Susu thought of the cold woman and felt sad. But what did the director want now? Susu liked to figure out people’s inner thoughts, but at this time she couldn’t figure this man out.
Song Fuyu said, “It’s very troublesome to find another actress again. Our crew has also started. Although the first scene was played by you, it doesn’t matter if we remade it again. I hope you can go to see all the roles played of Xiao Long Nu in the past because you are going to take the role. After the meeting, someone will change your contract. Do you think it’s acceptable?”
Susu was stunned. She didn’t expect that the role of Xiao Long Nu would fell to her at last.
“Give me a response?” Song Fuyu couldn’t help but laugh. Her expression was so funny.
Susu said sincerely, “Thank you director.” At this time, she began to feel close to Director Song.
Song Fuyu wasn’t a bad director. Pretending to be fascinated, he said, “Well, is it good enough for you to grow?”
Susu found that the director was joking. She was not scared at all, but she didn’t dare to talk back loudly. She only murmured, “No, there is 1000 yuan, do you want it?”
Song Fuyu couldn’t understand Chinese humor, he was clueless.
When she found out that song Fuyu wasn’t angry, she bravely made a gesture with her left palm and right one. The total was 500 plus 500.
For a whole week, Susu shut herself off from her room and watched the drama.
She saw “The Condor Heroes” from the 1983 edition to the 2006 edition.
Like Weng Meiling in “The Legend of the Condor Heroes” the 1983 version, Xiao Long Nu that was played by Chen Yuli was regarded classy by many fans of Jin Yong. Chen Yuli had a bit of a classic aura and a little bit of coldness. This version of “Xiao Long Nu” was indifferent to the world. As described in the book, Chen Yuli’s personality in front of the screen was cold from the outside and warm from the inside, and she looked like she didn’t care. Letting her play the role of being the “cold” Xiao Long Lu with pure jade and floating white clothes was the most suitable for her. Chen Yulian only lacked cold reasoning. Jin Yong himself also said, “Until now, I like Chen Yuli’s ‘The Legend of the Condor Heroes’, and this version of Xiao Long Nu was very in line with the taste of my novel.”
Pan Yinzi’s version in ‘The Return of the Condor Heroes’, was taken after Chen Yuli’s version. In order not to let the “Xiao Long Lu” of Xiangdao*, which caused a stir, win the limelight, Baodao’s TV station deliberately failed to introduce the Hong Kong version of ‘The Return of the Heroes’, and rather “made it in China”. The version was controversial among actors, modeling and performance. The “aunt” played by Pan Yinzi really loved to dress up. Although she grew up in the tomb of Zhong Nanshan, she had no less taste than a “fashionable woman”. She wore many kinds of pearl flowers and rouge and powder. Pan Yinzi was indeed a young child, but she made a flaw in her interpretation of “Little Dragon Girl”, because it was too cute and sweet, Xiao Long Nu’s coldness and arrogant were completely absent. Someone commented that the overall look of Pan Yinzi was too gorgeous, it greatly reduced the beauty of Xiao Long Nu. From seductive to dazzling, there was often only one step to advance, and Pan Yinzi had just taken that step. Although there were many negative comments, there were still many fans who supported her. They called her “baby Xiao Long Nu”.
In 1995, Li Rutong and Gu Tianle’s version of “The heroes of the Eagles” was regarded as another classic after the other versions, and became the most widely recognized version so far. Li Rutong interpreted the ice like mystery of Xiao Long Nu, and rarely moved for others, even it it was a life and death situation she would only frown. Susu paid attention to her acting while watching the drama. Li Rutong’s experience in performing “Xiao Long Nu” was that of “you should be able to be quiet and active, have a pure heart, and be able to concentrate on doing one thing without any thought.”
When Susu reached Wu Qianli’s version of “The Condor Heroes”, she gave up because of time. It was said that there was no need to watch that one.
Fan Wenfang who played Xiao Long Nu from Singapore, had a cool and tranquil feeling of being away from the world. It could be seen as someone who was far away from the sun. There was a kind of sacred and inviolable beauty. Her temperament was closer to the original. Fan Wenfang’s performance basically did not cause much objection, and also became the most satisfactory Xiao Long Nu.
In addition to the current filming of “The Return of the Condor Heroes”, the latest version was Liu Yifei’s version. Liu Yifei was recognized as a beauty and also recognized as having no acting skills. In “The Return”, you can see obvious progress. Her pure temperament was very consistent with the original characters, so her performance was natural. Xiao Long Nu was less cold and had a smile on her face. Although she had improved, her empty eyes was her mistake, and she looked a bit pale. The rave reviews and constant scolding became the ending.
While looking at the evaluation on the Internet, Susu made her own evaluation. Occasionally she picked out a section, imitated it, and thought about how would it took like if she acted it. She ate take-outs as she didn’t leave the room at all. She only thought of the role with all her heart. Susu didn’t debut yet, and of course she didn’t have an agent or assistant.
After one week, the door of Susu’s room was knocked.
Susu opened the door and it was Song Fuyu.
“Well, Director Song, please come in,” Susu was dressed in a knee length dress with a pair of blue furry slippers, and her braid was messy.
When song Fuyu saw her like that, he stood at the door, his face twitched, and finally he couldn’t help but smile. Yu Susu’s confused expression was even more interesting.
“Yu Susu, can you press that braid down first,” Song Fuyu originally wanted to talk about business. He didn’t expect to see this side of her, it was cute and funny.
“Uh, oh,” Susu turned around quickly. When she turned around, the braid got messier, and the urge to slap her braid sounded stupid in Song Fuyu’s heart. He couldn’t stop himself from laughing. Things like that were never done when he was young, so he was childlike in his old age.
Susu clamped the braid on her head with a small clip.
In order not to affect Susu’s understanding of this role, he did not give her a script. Song Fuyu was here to give the script and inform her about the shooting plan. Susu unike Jiao Peiqi didn’t need a notice to start working immediately. Jiao Peiqi had a full schedule, and wasted some time before, which made the shooting schedule relatively tight.
The next day would be the start of the shooting. The first scene was where Xiao Long Nu appeared. Now Susu’s mind was full of white-clothed women’s images. She was passionate that she couldn’t wait to show her acting immediately. She glanced at Song Fuyu with her eyes, like a faithful and loyal puppy, waiting to get praised.
Song Fuyu looked at her expression, and couldn’t help but finding it funny again. He comforted her, “You have a good rest today, tomorrow you will show your acting skills, Xiao Long Nu would fly around and exhaust you.” Song Fuyu felt that every time he saw Yu Susu, he wanted to laugh.
If Susu knew Song Fuyu’s inner thoughts, she would feel wronged as she didn’t like playing tricks. She just felt that Director Song was very kind. The first impression that she had of him was wrong.
*Xiangdao: Sing Tao, Hong Kong media group and publisher of Sing Tao Daily
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