Author: 公子于歌 / Gong Zi Yu Ge
Translator: Kinky || https://kinkytranslations.com/
Chapter 4: You Ill-Intentioned Man
The onlookers were all stunned. Everyone knew Shen Jintai had filmed before retiring. The idol route was fast to rise but quick to fall. With each new batch, very few would insist on just singing and dancing. They all eventually turn to the road of acting, and Shen Jintai was no exception.
After he and Bai Qingquan debuted on the talent show <Pick Me> together, they competed for the same film and television resources. Shen Jintai was able to suppress Bai Qingquan and successfully starred as the male lead.
As a result, everyone saw that Shen Jintai had contributed several classic funny memes. Too wooden was his evaluation by insiders of the industry.
But the Shen Jintai in front of them now was completely reborn. It wasn’t that he acted more shockingly, but rather he felt much stronger than expected.
Guo Rui only asked him to audition for the role was, first to give Bai Qingquan face, and secondly to save on publicity costs. The topic of Bai Qingquan and Shen Jintai acting together would set off a frenzy. However, he was worried about Shin Jintai’s acting skills. Now he was rest assured. Seeing him acting like this now, he was 100% satisfied to let him have the role.
While his image fitted well, the beauty was a bit lacking. However, Shen Jintai’s own quirks could make up for this shortcoming.
Guo Rui asked him to try on various makeup until he found one that matched the best. He had a lot of say in this drama, so he directly called the producer.
Shen Jintai’s face was still flushed as he pressed a tissue to the end of his red eyes and looked at Li Meilan calmly. Li Meilan suppressed her excitement and said flatly, “Leave it to me.”
The contract still had to be negotiated. Li Meilan originally wanted to go to the temple and pray to Buddha for it, but seeing as Guo Rui was so satisfied and decided so quickly, and this was Shen Jintai’s comeback, she thought there were still a lot of chips on the table and had ample room to negotiate.
The sincerity of the cooperation between the two sides was great, and the contract was quickly accepted. After signing the contract, Shen Jintai received the script for the first 20 episodes.
“Next Monday, all of our main actors will come for a script reading.” The staff reminded him.
Shen Jintai nodded. “Okay.”
It was very important to do a script run-through before shooting. Everyone would sit together to discuss, and further improve and adjust the script.
“Then we’ll see you the day after tomorrow.” Bai Qingquan said with a smile. “I have to go. The photographer over there is urging.”
Shen Jintai took the initiative to reach out, and the two shook hands.
Bai Qingquan: “I was a bit strong just now. Please forgive me. I haven’t slapped anyone before, so I haven’t mastered controlling my strength.”
“It’s okay. Think of it as just practice.” Shen Jintai let go of his hand. The white sunlight from the entrance of the corridor peeked in and shone on him, giving him a glow-up effect. Bai Qingquan was a bit unaccustomed to such a Shen Jintai.
His bones were thin. His form was upright. It seemed his temperament had… changed? What was the meaning of those gentle eyes that were particularly focused when you looked at him?
Looking at him like this caused a flurry in Bai Qingquan’s heart.
Bai Qingquan returned to his room, closed the door, clenched his fists and stomped his feet. “Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah!”
His agent, Wei Ge*, saw it and immediately said, “It’s not your own home. You should restrain yourself. If you’re seen like this, your reputation will collapse!”
*Brother. Used to address someone older of similar age group.
“I’m so angry!” Bai Qingquan looked like a different person. “Did you see it just now? Did you see it just now?!”
“I saw it.” Wei Ge said lightly.
Bai Qingquan stomped. “How can he act so well?!”
Lines, breath, bite, emotions, rhythm. He could even quickly produce falling tears!
Wei Ge: “It’s a good thing that you become stronger when you meet the strong.” Wei Ge said.
“But I invited him over to humiliate him! What if I’m ruthlessly crushed?!”
“Have a little confidence in yourself.”
“But that’s just how my acting skills are. My previous golden bell*, wasn’t it you who worked behind the scenes…”
*[Shidi] (视帝) = Honorary award for a male artist who has won awards such as best actor or the most outstanding actor in a TV series. They are usually referred to as “emperor”.
Wei Ge held his forehead. “Then… let’s talk to the director again and replace him?”
Bai Qingquan pursed his lips and pondered for some time. “Forget it. I like him as a supporting role for me.” No matter how good his acting was, it’s only a supporting role of a “beautiful little eunuch”. Shen Jintai was more beautiful than him?! How amusing! He could easily crush him!
Moreover, it’s not like he just met Shen Jintai recently. He knew at Shen Jintai’s level, the part just now must have been extraordinary for him. His acting skills were notoriously wooden. After two years of neglecting his skills, he had become old news.
Recalling the stumbles that Shen Jintai once caused him, the sins he had suffered, and the tears he shed, he resolved to bury Shen Jintai into the ground.
“Ahh! Ahh!” Li Meilan stomped.
Shen Jintai asked, “Was my acting okay?”
“It’s not a question of whether it’s okay or not. It was great.” Xiao Tang said, while pushing up his glasses.
“Did you really have an epiphany?” Li Meilan restrained her excitement. “Why did you suddenly act so well?!”
“Perhaps I have suffered a lot from Yan Qiuchi and understood the various states of life!” Shen Jintai said.
“Well done!” Li Meilan said. ” As long as you are willing to work hard, have money and beauty, and are young, you won’t have trouble finding a good man in the future. It’s not like Yan Qiuchi is the only quality man out there!”
“I think so too.” Shen Jintai put his hands in his trouser pockets. “I think Bai Qingquan is much better than Yan Qiuchi!”
He had never seen such a soft and temperamental person! He must capture Bai Qingquan!
Li Meilan and Xiao Tang: “…”
With a “pop” nearby, the two of them turned their heads to look, and saw that the Starbucks in the hands of a young man at the door fell to the ground and splashed coffee everywhere.
After the elevator closed, the young man immediately picked up the cups and hurried to the lobby. Gao Qiao ran fast and took the elevator directly to the tenth floor.
“Boss! There’s something I think I need to tell you!”
Yan Qiuchi sat at the other end of the desk and raised his head, staring at him blankly.
His President Yan was handsomer than the average celebrity, but he was so cold. Gao Qiao was a bit frightened. “I just ran into Shen Jintai by the elevator and heard him say…” He mustered up his courage. “I think I know what he’s up to!”
“I think you might want to look into this more.” Xiao Yang, who was lying down on the sofa, sat up and took out his phone. “Hot search No. 8. Take a look.”
Yan Qiuchi picked up the phone on the table and slowly opened Weibo. When he saw the content on the hot search, his brows slightly frowned.
Gao Qiao also quickly took out his phone and saw the eighth hot search: [Shen Jintai’s Tattoo]
When Shen Jintai fell in love with Yan Qiuchi, he did countless acts in the name of love. The most famous of these was tattooing Yan Qiuchi’s name on his collarbone. The position of the tattoo was very clever. With dance movements, it would be half-visible, half-concealed. When it was first tattooed, many people tried to guess what the complete pattern was, and they attempted to find out several times. However, at Shen Jintai’s last public performance, after performing his routine, he tore open his shirt and showed the name on his chest in front of everyone.
The words “Yan Qiuchi” were facing front and centered in the spotlight.
It not only shocked the entire network, but even the fans were left speechless.
And the eighth hot search that Gao Qiao was currently looking at was a blogger who posted: [Shocking news! Shen Jintai washes off the tattoo of love!]
The weather was gloomy. There had been dark clouds, but they had dissipated, allowing the sun to shine through and making the sky glow clear and brilliant.
Before Shen Jintai got into the car, he paused when he saw his reflection in the car’s glass.
He just met a handsome guy like Bai Qingquan, but looking at his own reflection, he couldn’t help but feel muddled. With his current appearance, his qualifications can only be regarded as ordinary in the entertainment industry. But it didn’t matter. As long as he could successfully complete the tasks, one day he would become the most dazzling star.
Shen Jintai: “Hello, Xiao Ai.”
Xiao Ai: “Ding Dong. Dear, how can Xiao Ai help you?”
Shin Jintai: “Can I know in advance the specifics of the rewards?”
Xiao Ai: “Too many, dear. What do you want for yourself? Xiao Ai can help you determine it now.”
Shin Jintai: “Wide shoulders, slender waist, long legs, a good proportion of the head-to-body and head-to-shoulder ratios, and a face for movies that the ancestors would enjoy eating*.
*(祖师爷赏饭吃) = Refers to hard work that will eventually see success.
“You can have all of it!” Xiao Ai said. “I can only tell you that as long as you can think of it, there’s nothing we can’t give, so dear, good luck!”
Hearing Xiao Ai words, Shen Jintai became excited, though it seemed Xiao Ai was more excited than he was!
He sensed that someone was looking at him from upstairs, so he turned to look back, only to see the light reflected off the glass of the building, which was very dazzling.
The author has something to say:
The praying mantis hunts the cicada, unaware of the oriole that’s behind him*.
*Proverb that means people who pursue immediate gains while neglecting the greater danger from behind.
Well, seems like Bai Qingquan wasn’t a white lotus to… nobody’s surprise. But whether he’s a white lotus bitch… you’ll have to keep reading to find out!