Well well well.
The two of you reading this must’ve sniffed it a mile away. And this is where I’ve been, down the rabbit hole.
[credit on pics and gifs, everything stolen from baidu or weibo, thanks to the original posters!!!]
Sports a badboy grin and be gorgeous with whipped cream.
And can smile all cute and sweet while showing me such a horrible old scar from work
Or cosplay just because you are bored and a long time silliest fanboy as my favorite most interesting prettiest character in Inuyasha.
So, where was I?
I went ahead, and spent hours watching an onslaught of ChenXiao in YZ’s crap. A bit sad to report the gorgeous and Next It Boy has no watchable drama to show. This is one sneaky trap for me to fall into his fandom. You do not need to physically stick your nose into dung to know shit…stinks and therefore there really is no point in treating any YZ’s sick jokes as dramas, nor engagingly watch them unless you want your brain to implode. That is where lovely fan-cuts of CX only scenes come in. Since almost every drama CX has done is YZ, the drama proper is all wretched, prompting darling fangirls to have enough of it and produce 1080 CX cuts for the enjoyment of all. I’ve watched everything available, and I have no regret. This is Loverboy catching my eye in LoCH08 all over again. LOCH08 is a cute fanfic, some delirious fangirl/boy of the YangKang+MuNianChi ship kinda writing at best. Revamp a character that is flat and uninteresting and EVIL, turning him into a gorgeous beacon of angsty fucked up hotmanchild of show. Better yet, make me care for a disgusting scumbag against my will. So yeah, I would fall for any cutepie who would bring your A+ game even when you are in crap and your character should die in a hot fire, and Be Very Pretty.
What is working for this young guy, I could even see a brighter future for him than Loverboy, is he is a graduate at Central Academy of Drama, which is still the hardest reputable institution of the craft to get in with a concentration in Chinese Opera (I’ve read). He was a National athlete, a high jumper recognized as National Tier 2. *But how on earth is his body now floppy with a tummy but no muscle mass?! Maybe it’s curse of being in my manrem (look at Loverboy <_<)?!!?!* These all play to his advantage in wuxia which I’m still stubbornly obsessed, holding out the hope I would live to see ONE adaptation worthy of its original masterpiece.
Why wuxia casting usually…sucks is because it requires as much acting and physical skills. These are period super heroes we are talking about, and all the wuxia still has to be humanly convincing yet out of this world kickass. You can bring a classically trained wuxia master like JetLi into the picture…but he would never be a competent actor, nor a Jacky Chan. They may work for a lot of people in their dazzling moves, but where’s the beef? I’d rather have an actor who can fake it. Chen Xiao is distractingly breathtaking in his expressive wuxia dance even when the directing and cinematography and everything else SUCK DONKEY BALLS. At 26, he is at the perfect age to be every wuxia hero, still young, fresh and pretty enough to be every manboy, looking like a younger Nic Tse without the egomaniac pompous and grease, and a much much better nuanced actor. His Yang Guo should be the best there will ever be for the role, I know I’ve said it in every mention of ChenXiao.
And it is not one work that he’s not scene stealing in. He is the only watchable thing in most of his work, being consistently a league above most if not all of his costars. That shows me talent, and a scary focus and determination and drive.
And it takes balls to leave such a powerful management as HuaYi Brothers from the get-go. He started out with a bit role in Detective Dee, ie he’s in a Movie, swimming with nothing but AAA-listers and to leave that behind and join YZ, it’s madness and some may argue it is better to be a minion under the biggest conglomerate in the industry, but shrewdness to maximize work and exposure at a young age, even in disgusting crap…and better roles and project will follow once you’ve made enough noise. He knows how the game is played, and we are talking about a 22 yo fresh opera school grad then. *lesigh* and this will be forever my pity for Loverboy. He could’ve gone places in his 20s. Again, if TR had the resources to do a RoCH2010 Loverboy, with his YangKang looks would’ve been DA BOMB as Yang Guo and with his skills and the role, he would’ve been an even huger HXM, one who can act for one.
A strip of silver hair, and tell me this is not the later Yang Guo. You be the judge:
Have a Swordsman Lin PingZhi MV
And various gifs of his dramas:
His Lin Ping Zhi, the best of all LPZ
Bai Shao Qun from The Bounty hunter
ie The Douche I can’t look away *lesigh* and my vote for CX’s best performance to date
芈琰 in Qin Empire 2
RL with Yang Rong. See that little devilish smirk saying he’s not experienced in kissing and thanks to good coaching and YR pouts at him implying she’s very experienced. Letting him off too easy. That Grin. Gets. Me. Every. Time.
I’m eating socks and crows and whatnots for anticipating YZ’s Goong the movie, so ridiculous I’m looking into whether it’s going to be shown in my woods, and it’s getting more and more out of hand with every leak. A gorgeous new trailer is just out today focusing on the love triangle. It would be shoujo-fying Prince13 and he would be rolling in his grave. I’m very ok with CX playing my Loverboy’s Prince13, that’s how much I’m smitten by the boy, and it is blasphemy but I can look the other way and enjoy a fluffy and pretty period chickflick :
Yet, somehow I’m moved by the romance. But of course the leads do not bug me at all. And I am already shipping the OTP.
Is this GORGEOUS or what?
See, I’ve said YZ is nothing but the shrewdest shameless businessman of a carpface cockroach. He has been deliberately spinning outrageous insulting monstrosities he calls drama, but it’s actually a guilty ‘pleasure’ de-stressing pastime where we all can snark the hell out and beat it to death. It is not the same playing field with movies, peeps have to move their butts and pay a meal’s worth of dough and sit squarely in a theater not doing much else and this has no flashy ridiculous CGIs, no A lister at all. But the team behind it, except YZ is actually very solid, seems like he’s bringing up his profit margin by doing careful calculations to not fck it up like his usual monkey business, playing with the big sharks. And I’m more cautiously optimistic when he’s playing the smaller role of a scriptwriter and just keeping himself busy spinning silly RL shipping shenanigans. It does look pretteh and with the right texture and feel of a decent period piece, with all the swoonworthy shoujo tropes you can squeeze in a ‘Qing imperial intrigue/romance’. Plus there is no walking plastic faces bugging me. It has princes and our dear old gf Candy reincarnated as a Qing heroine along with the token bad backstabbing (literally) bestie. I can watch that in a heartbeat.