Two days ago, a director's lead film was released in "Actors Please Take Place".
The four directors Chen Kaige, Er Dongsheng, Zhao Wei, and Guo Jingming have different understandings of actors and performances, but they reached a consensus on one issue.
In their eyes, the creation of the work is not just the director’s words, but the collaboration and mutual achievement with the actors.
In the past two days, Weibo and Douban have almost been swiped by Er Dongsheng's "Poison Tongue" screenshots in the second season trailer of "Actors Please Take Your Place".
People who are not familiar with Er Dongsheng may find it very novel. After all, there has not been a big person in the entertainment circle who dares to say so for a long time.
But in fact, fans who have a little knowledge of the Hong Kong film circle will know that director Xiaobao is all "old problems".
On the eve of the Hong Kong Awards in 2000, Wang Jing publicly questioned the judging and nomination system and also attacked Wu Siyuan, the chairman of the Awards. Wu Siyuan only said "blood mouth" about this, but Er Dongsheng, the chairman of the Hong Kong Film Directors Association, let go of his harsh words:
"Wang Jing's filming more shows that he is great? Look at what he filmed? "Naked Ling Chi", "Uniform Temptation"... Tell him to die! I won't shoot Wang Jing investment Filming his scene is an insult to me."
Take a look at his "poisonous tongue" traffic in "Actors, please", if other people say that "you are useless by appearance" and "how many actors are like you in China", it may be inevitable. You have to say "you do it, you do it".
Because when he himself was young, he was indeed a handsome guy who had just replaced.
Er Dongsheng's nickname is Xiaobao. As the saying goes, the life of a person named Xiaobao is not too bad. Er Dongsheng is not too bad, he is simply not too good.
It is not an exaggeration to say that Er Dongsheng is the first generation of traffic niche in the ancient times. After all, at the age of 19, he is a popular first-line niche for the hero of martial arts movies. Even now, this resume is no one to come.
Because the star road was too smooth, after Shaw Brothers stopped production, he went to be a director by himself. Within a few years of being a director, he was recognized as the best director who can train newcomers.
Seven years ago, Er Dongsheng's "I Am a Passerby" was released, and Tony Leung handed over the only film review in his life.
Inside, Tony Leung wrote this sentence:
The reason why Tony Leung was able to write a thousand-character film review so emotionally and sincerely is not only because the subject matter of the movie resonates with him, but also because the director is Ye Dongsheng.
Tony Leung was admitted for the first time that his acting skills were filmed in Er Dongsheng's "The Story of Epilogue", and the first time he took the golden statue was also "People's Hero" by Er Dongsheng.
In addition, there is also Shu Qi's first Golden Statue Award, Yuan Anyi and Cecilia Cheung's first Golden Statue, both are with Ye Dongsheng.
Tell a cold knowledge,
Such a great person, when he sits on the stage and "sniffly" a group of juniors, no one will think he is unworthy.
Some fans who love their idols may complain that Er Dongsheng is too harsh, but it is not an exaggeration to say that during Er Dongsheng's transformation as a director, the stars he has talked about are almost all of the actor and queen level.
Don't look at Ye Dongsheng's usual "venomous tongue", but he is very protective of his actors.
In 2011, Cecilia Cheung made her comeback. For her first comeback, she chose not to choose "The Great Magician" by her mentor, Dongsheng Er, but to choose "The Strongest Happy Event" with higher pay. Because of this, Cecilia Cheung was chased by the media for a long time and was ungrateful.
For Cecilia Cheung, Yee Dongsheng is definitely the second noble person after her life relay Stephen Chow. The tailor-made "Unforgettable" for her helped her make a successful transformation in one fell swoop, and won the Golden Image Award. The youngest queen.
Zhang Xiaohui once pointed out sharply in "Kangxi is Coming",
In addition, the reputation of several works shot by Cecilia Cheung after his comeback at that time was not very good. It is conceivable that the public opinion in the public at that time was very bad for Cecilia Cheung's non-parliamentary work.
But at this time, Er Dongsheng stood up several times to speak for her, first praising that the scene had never been lost when he worked with Cecilia Cheung in the past.
Later, she was relieved, "Several works are not well shot, it does not mean that they will not be good in the future", but also pointed out that the real dilemma she faces is "someone beside her needs to tell the truth".
Become an actor on the set and wake up the actor off the set. For an actor, these words of Er Dongsheng are really unattainable.
Although the times have changed, Er Dongsheng’s phrase "Someone needs to tell the truth around him" still hit the nail on the head, where most of the current traffic and the predicament of popular stars have emerged.
Er Dongsheng often said to himself that his temper was not very good, and he would get angry directly on the set, but he never scolded actors.
Because in his opinion,
Er Dongsheng is such a person. He came from a family of performing arts, and his style of work is also concerned with the bottom of society. And because he was born as an actor, he always understands the actor's situation very well, but his way of expression is not tender, he always hits the point directly.
With his acting family background and the identity of a famous actor and director, it is really rare to be willing to tell the truth to newcomers who have just entered the circle.
Otherwise, he would not spend three years shooting a group of "horizontal drifters".
He speaks outspokenly in order to help those who step into this circle to understand what kind of profession an actor is, and to wake them up at the appropriate time so that they can walk on the right path.
Speaking of it, Guo Jingming and Er Dongsheng are somewhat similar in terms of protecting actors, but their approach is different.
After watching "The Actors Please Take Place", you will find that some people like Guo Jingming, which is not surprising.
June 16, 2013 is a very special day for Guo Jingming.
This day is the premiere conference of "Little Times". During that time, Guo Jingming was asked what his greatest feeling of being a director was, and he would mention the first applause at the premiere scene.
Not before the opening of the movie, nor after the end of the film, but after the dragon mark appeared, in an empty mirror of Shanghai panoramic view, the subtitles appeared on the big screen, which read:
Director: Guo Jingming
Screenwriter: Guo Jingming
Original: Guo Jingming
It's hard for a director who is a writer to be unexcited to see such a scene in his lifetime.
It is also because of his own triple identity as a writer, director and screenwriter. Compared with other directors, Guo Jingming has a more natural defense of the roles under his camera and the actors he chooses.
This defense mentality does not distinguish between the size of the role. In the main roles of "Little Era", Gu Li and Tang Wanru's casting were protected by his antagonism.
He told all the producers and investors that if Xie Yilin didn't play Tang Wanru, then I would rather not shoot.
At that time, Xie Yilin was just a small internet celebrity who became popular because of "holding" the stem. Let alone acting experience, I haven't even been on variety shows a few times.
But Guo Jingming insisted that she is Tang Wanru in my mind, and she has to do this role.
Guo Jingming is a very short-term person, and his attitude towards actors is like a natural protection of animals for their own territories.
It’s also a casting, because Guo Jingming doesn’t like the production of "Jian Xi" given to him by Fang Sai. This role, as the boyfriend of the core heroine of the film, Lin Xiao, should have a large number of important supporting roles in the original work. He was adapted so that there were only two or three uncut scenes left.
Not long ago in August, Gu Li’s birthday was hot searched. Even a lot of people who haven't watched "Little Times" joined the game together.
The last time a netizen celebrated an anniversary for a TV drama character was the tenth anniversary of the divorce between Hong Shixian and Ai Li in "The Temptation of Going Home".
In the hot search, the main reason why the highlight of everyone's birthday is that they will be talked about in 5 years later is actually because of the special arrangement of Guo Jingming.
Before the actual filming, Guo Caijie actually didn't know that Guo Jingming secretly added to the Nanxiang drama played by Guo Biting-let her deliberately throw the napkin on Guo Caijie's face in order to capture the collapse of Gu Li's last line of defense. Picture.
Guo Caijie later revealed that Guo Jingming liked cue and the others improvised reactions at the scene. He knows how to help actors mobilize emotions.
After the "Little Times" series ended, Guo Caijie's interviews and magazine shootings were often commented on "Why is Gu Li again". But who would have thought that 7 years ago, except for Guo Jingming, almost no one believed that she could play Gu Li well.
At the end of the birthday scene, director Guo Jingming even forgot to stop, watching the four crying girls in front of the monitor with wet eyes.
Someone once commented that Guo Jingming's "Little Era" is more like a self-high, but five years after the end of the series, the storyline can still be hotly discussed again, which is enough to prove that this is a story for the creators and the audience. Revelry back.
It is true that playing Guo Jingming's play can easily provoke public opinion, but actors don't have to worry too much about provoke public opinion, because as the director Guo Jingming will rush to the front line to defend his actors.
Some people think that Guo Jingming overreacts to outside comments.
In fact, otherwise, in his eyes, actors are a career selling their own emotions and often lack a sense of security.
The sense of security that the director brings to the actors is not only the security of working conditions, but also the sense of security and confidence in the role.
Five years ago, Zhao Wei won the 34th Academy Awards for Best Actress in one fell swoop with the movie "Dear".
At that time, it was written by many media that Zhao Wei was to redeem the prize, and took the initiative to find Chen Kexin to try the transformation of the role of "peasant woman".
Many people don't know that Zhao Wei rejected Chen Kexin three times before deciding to star in "Dear".
Because she felt that this role was too far away from her, she was also full of doubts about whether she could play this role well.
As we all know, as an actor, Zhao Wei's fame cannot be separated from a very mature and professional TV drama industry system, which is the Qiong Yao system.
And she was able to play Xiao Yanzi as a complete newcomer, precisely because of the decision from the original author Qiong Yao:
Zhao Wei understands the actor's desire to be affirmed, so she knows how to help the actor overcome the emotion of uncertainty. She will stand up and tell you with certainty: You are this role, no doubt. Do your best to help actors build confidence in performance.
Those who have watched the first season of "Chinese Restaurant" should have a better understanding of Zhao Wei's private style. She is the kind of boss who is very good at ending all kinds of procrastination. She is very decisive in her work.
The main characters in "To Youth" were all decided by Zhao Wei with a glance.
Before starring in "To Youth", Zheng Kai played a supporting role in the sitcom "The Story of the Health Team" all the year round. When he came to try the show, the whole process took less than ten minutes, but Zhao Wei felt that the "hybrid" on him was particularly right, and decided on the spot.
At that time, Zheng Kai himself didn't even react.
The same goes for Yang Zishan. When Yang Zishan came to try out "To Youth", after three games, Zhao Wei asked Yang Zishan, "I'm looking for you to act, can you lose weight?" "The play is good, it just feels like a glutinous rice ball has been playing there."
Yang Zishan, who had no hope at all, was shocked. Before she came to play "To Youth", she even encountered a situation where she changed roles on the spot. Faced with such a high-profile movie, it is too risky for the protagonist to activate so many newcomers at once.
完全没有希望的杨紫山震惊了。在她来《 To Youth》之前，她甚至遇到了当场换角色的情况。面对如此引人注目的电影，主角一次激活那么多新人的风险太大。
In addition, Yang Zishan's true character and Zheng Wei's character are totally different. Zheng Wei is a very lively socialist in the original book, but Yang Zishan himself can be regarded as half social fear.
But Zhao Wei dares to use it and also uses actors. She insisted that she would not misunderstand the wrong person, and supported Yang Zishan, thinking that she could act as a girl, but also in a more mature state than a girl. It was proved afterwards that Yang Zishan did it and Zhao Wei did it.
Questions from the outside world will affect the actors and the production of the drama, which in turn makes the actors constantly wonder if I am really not suitable for this role. And the determination of the role is the basis for a good role.
For this question, Chen Kaige must have his own answer.
28 years ago, Chen Kaige met Leslie Cheung with the prototype of "Farewell My Concubine".
This "prototype" has no script or half a manuscript, and it is all based on two and a half hours of oral dictation by Chen Kaige.
For more than two hours, Leslie Cheung seldom spoke, and kept listening to Chen Kaige's drama, but his smoking hand would tremble from time to time.
After Chen Kaige saw this detail, he felt that the scene was finished.
After the joke, Leslie Cheung said to Chen Kaige, let's go to Xishan to pay respects to Mr. Mei.
Chen Kaige was very shaken, he felt the awe of an actor. The later achievements of "Farewell My Concubine" are all for the rest. ,
But that night, after a director and an actor met a great work, they collided with that kind of trembling creative spark, which made Chen Kaige never forget.
This is the best interpretation of the relationship between director and actor.
When "The Promise" was released many years later, when Chen Kaige talked about why he chose Zhang Dongjian as the leading actor, he naturally mentioned Leslie Cheung:
The word "ideal" mentioned by Chen Kaige also shows that the director should not only protect, train and instruct the actors. Directors and actors are never a one-way relationship between leaders and led, but equal cooperation and mutual achievement.
In 2019, after the airing of the first season of "The Actors, Please", many people commented that Chen Kaige was too good at "training" actors.
Many directors and directors like to personally demonstrate, let the actors see where this degree is. As everyone knows, this kind of hand-in-hand teaching is often just to teach people how to fish, only for a short time.
Three years ago, the movie "The Legend of the Demon Cat" directed by Chen Kaige was released. The protagonist Yang Guifei was Zhang Rongrong.
Before "The Legend of the Demon Cat", Zhang Rongrong had always been controversial. No one would have thought that she could play Yang Guifei, and no one believed she could play Yang Guifei well.
When filming, she indeed fell into self-doubt for a while. In the farewell scene of Ma Weipo's death, Zhang Rongrong cried many times, and couldn't cry no matter what.
At the critical moment, Chen Kaige broke the grievances and love in the concubine's heart to pieces, and guided Zhang Rongrong to understand the inner emotions of the character: Perhaps Concubine Yang knew everything, and her heart was extremely desolate, so she would not cry or make trouble, and she would die in her country. The plan to die in love.
After this communication, Zhang Rongrong finally found the right feeling. Even though Concubine Yang's heart is turbulent, she needs to put away her emotions. There is no expression on her face and she only conveys sadness through her eyes.
This superficial "cloud light and wind light" looks like "facial paralysis", but it is a high-level blank, and there is a deeper sadness under the calm.
As a result, when Chen Kaige finally announced his "pass", Zhang Rongrong hid in a corner and cried bitterly for the woman who was a thousand years ago.
Before playing the role of Concubine Yang, Zhang Rongrong’s play was restricted due to her mixed-race appearance, and she had experienced a lot of on-the-spot changing of roles. However, after "The Legend of the Demon Cat", Zhang Rongrong had a new perspective on her acting career. :
It is the mutual achievement of the director and the actor to let an actor who has been repeatedly restricted on the road of acting because of his looks say, "I don't think there is any limitation."
Perhaps this question will not have a standard answer. Because every real director, every real actor, is a living individual.
Throughout the classic film and television works, there are wonderful stories about the mutual accomplishment of the director and the actors. They are beautiful, harmonious but different.
In the final analysis, acting is never a one-way east wind overwhelming a west wind, one person teaches another person hand in hand, but there are back and forth, interactive temptations, tricks, and reconciliation.
If the actor is just a repeater of the director's instructions, and is always passively waiting for the director's next instruction, perhaps Chen Kaige will be disappointed and left the night after talking about the script of "Farewell My Concubine".
It is foreseeable that in this season's "Actors Please Take Place", we will also see different answers to this question by the four directors.
I hope that the story of the director and the actor's mutual accomplishment will never end in China's film and television circles.
I also hope that the next "Cheng Dieyi" can meet us not far away.
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