Chapter 15: Becoming An Actress (3)
“What is your relationship with Lu Wenchen?”
Gu Yuanyuan’s previous question was answered honestly, but she really didn’t understand the director’s meaning and didn’t meander: “Director, what exactly are you looking for in me?”
Xu Bai looked at her, yet she did not avoid his gaze, and looked back generously.
Xu Bai’s eyes shone with admiration. At the age of 17, she was really good at having such a reaction. He said lightly, “I want you to play the female lead.”
“What?” Lin Shaosi was surprised and even changed his address. “Xu, have you just come down with a fever?”
Xu Bai: “……”
On the contrary, Gu Yuanyuan herself was very calm, just thinking, “Why?”
“I have never been in a movie before … Nevertheless, the female lead woman now is Cheng Man’An, and behind her is Lu Wenchen. Since you agreed to replace Cheng Man’An as the original female lead, why should I do it now?”
Xu Bai’s face became very ugly.
Deadly Strike was a drama he had been preparing for many years. All investors were generous and very optimistic about the drama. Many well-known actors have proposed to lower their movie pay for the show … everything was going well.
However, he never expected that Lu Wenchen would suddenly get involved. The night before, he suddenly received a call from an investor saying that he wanted to change the female lead, a newcomer who had never been heard of before.
Xu Bai was famous for his fierce temper. The production team had already started. And Liu Qingmei was also on the way. Now he tells him to change the actresses. What would he tell Liu Qingmei?
He refused directly. The investor and Xu Bai also cooperated many times. Feeling Xu Bai’s anger, he sighed. “Old Xu, it’s not that I want to change the female lead. This is Third Master Lu of the Lu family, you know, he made all the investments just to promote a new person … although I don’t agree. The other guys agreed. There’s no way.”
“If you don’t agree, once the funds are withdrawn, the drama will not be filmed. Why not switch the females first? I remember that female number one does not have a lot of scripts in the play, so change the script again.”
Xu Bai was so angry that he didn’t fall asleep that whole night. He finally bowed his head to reality. He had devoted so much hard work and sweat into Deadly Strike. He couldn’t just stop there.
So he told Liu Qingmei not to come. As for the compensation for the breach of contract, management would take care of it.
He comforted himself that the facts had been decided; thus, he accepted the cold reality. Although the newcomer had not acted in the play, it was just a blank sheet of paper. Thinking she may consciously develop, perhaps he would receive an unexpected miracle.
However, on the contrary, no matter how he interpreted and taught the shooting, Cheng Man’An was stiff when facing the camera; moreover, she was too fierce to watch.
Such a person, even if he was forced to use her, would eventually destroy Deadly Strike because of her acting skills.
Until recently, when he saw what happened on set, others saw gossip, but he saw potential.
He noticed Gu Yuanyuan at a glance. Her words and deeds were very clever.
Really… I haven’t seen such a smart girl in a long time.
At that time, Xu Bai made a decision in his heart.
This is his drama, even if Lu Wenchen became furious and withdraws his investment, he will stake all his money and continue the shoot if that was the resulting case.
Xu Bai took a deep breath, eased his expression, and said, “I just asked you if you like it.”
Lin Shaosi motioned to Gu Yuanyuan not to speak. He expected that Xu Bai’s temper would never tolerate Cheng Man’An, but he did not expect that Gu Yuanyuan would replace Cheng Man’An.
He frowned: “Director, if you don’t want to use Cheng Man’An, get Liu Qingmei back.”
Xu Bai asked: “Shaosi, if you are Qingmei, would you have come back?”
Lin Shaosi thought for a while. If a cast member dares to suddenly announce that he will not continue because someone has replaced him, then it would be enough for him to beat that someone even without a weapon.
Xu Bai smiled bitterly. He was no longer a young man. He spent most of his life in the film industry, just to make good movies and promote his own culture abroad.
Gu Yuanyuan wanted to reject his offer. However, seeing him like this, she refused to say anything, just: “But I can’t act …”
Lin Shaosi glanced at her, meaning: “Can’t act? What was that less than half an hour ago.”
Gu Yuanyuan stared at him: “things are different.”
Xu Bai said: “Do you think you can’t compare with your sister Cheng Man’An?”
Gu Yuanyuan: “……”
She slowly straightened her back and responded forcefully, “I’ll do my best.”
Not only could she act in a drama, but she could also stay with her Sanbao.