I Know Everything - Chapter 518
Chapter 518: No other reason.
There was a flood of people at Huajin Suburb where the prison built by Shanhai Streaming was.
The prison was modeled after a real prison and wasn’t used after ‘Miracle in Cell No.7’ was filmed.
But while ‘Miracle in Cell No.7’ was being popular, many people found the place and came to take pictures.
Those who wanted to go in to take a look were all rejected by the company’s property management staff.
And now the film crew for ‘Prison Break’ was here.
While no one was inside, the company maintained a regular schedule of cleaning and maintaining the place so the prison was very clean when the film crew came.
This was true whether it was for the rooms, the hallway, the open space area etc…
However, Xin Changkong was still in a bad mood.
His voice could be heard from miles away from his temporary office.
“I asked you to choose suitable actors for me but what kind of shit did you get for me?” Xin Changkong pointed to someone in front of him and viciously scolded, “I want someone mean looking, wild and unruly, people that can make the other party restless by just a look, but what did you get me? Huh? Are you f̲u̲c̲k̲i̲n̲g̲ shooting an idol drama?”
The person who was being scolded by Xin Changkong was the casting director he worked with previously in ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ Zhong Liang.
Zhong Liang was in the business for more than ten years and was a veteran.
Xin Changkong never worked with him before but Xin Changkong couldn’t find a suitable person during ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ so on the recommendation of a friend, he asked the veteran Zhong Liang to do the job.
Of course, Zhong Liang was only responsible for the primary selection of the actors and would have seven or eight actors for Xin Changkong to choose from for each role.
The final decision was in Xin Changkong’s hands.
After all, Xin Changkong was both the director and the producer as the investor Teacher Lu and Teacher Chu entrusted full authority to him so he had supreme authority among the film crew.
Zhong Liang did a very good job previously as the actors he selected were good and performed well during the shooting, which left everyone with a positive impression.
So even if Xin Changkong became a first-tier director and countless unaffiliated production teams wanted to join him, he still didn’t replace Zhong Liang.
But he didn’t think that while he was in a retreat to study the script and immersed in writing a mock screen script, Zhong Liang selected for him a group of actors that were completely unsuitable for ‘Prison Break’.
In the first season of ‘Prison Break’, all the characters would mostly spend their time in prisons and most of them were felons.
For roles like that, why would they go to handsome, idol-like or even newly debuted actors?
Even if the main actors of the TV series had been set and were Yan Yu and Li Yingzhi who could totally carry more than their weight, could the series still be good if the supporting cast was s̲h̲i̲t̲?
As soon as Xin Changkong saw the list of actors, he immediately called Zhong Liang to his office and scolded him.
At that moment, many crew members were hiding nearby and talking quietly.
Although Xin Changkong closed the door afterward, it didn’t stop the gossip.
“Do you think Old Zhong is done?” Someone whispered.
“What do you mean?”
“I don’t think so, Old Zhong does have the skills.”
“Are skills alone enough?! Director Xin used to be very capable but what was the result? Where would he be if it wasn’t for the boss helping him?”
“Right, director Xin gave his trust to him and let him select for the roles but great now, he’s taking bribes and must be in a lot of trouble, right?”
“Truly deserved it! Who knows how much money he received!”
Zhong Liang didn’t know what the other people were saying but he was feeling very nervous now.
He had been in many film companies before but had resigned for various reasons.
It was a good thing that he was a capable guy but there were plenty of people better than him so the other party didn’t have to use him.
It took so long but he rose to prominence as the casting director of ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ but he hadn’t enjoyed the fortune of it for long before he was in a crisis so how could he not panic?
“Boss, it’s not what you think…” Zhong Liang quickly explained himself, “I’m not stupid but I don’t dare to offend those companies, for example, xx entertainment, xx agency…They all want to cram in their people and said it would be find if they could just participate in the audition! If I refuse, wouldn’t it be harder for us in the future?”
The companies and agents he mentioned were all famous in the industry.
Zhong Liang’s meaning was very clear, they weren’t only making movies for Fengxiang Film and if they offended them viciously now, would they still be able to get opportunities or people from them?
Why would they do it if the other party didn’t want to hire him as the director or give suitable actors?
Xin Changkong stared at him, “You really only thought so? You really didn’t take any bribes?”
“I did it mostly for you and this is true.” Zhong Liang sincerely said, “Half of my life is already gone and if I can’t find another good boss, then this is it for me! I know you’re a great director and definitely will have a good future, would I harm you just to harm myself again?”
Xin Changkong’s face eased up slightly, “What did you receive?”
“Eh, I just slept with a few fifth-tier celebrities and ate a few meals, I didn’t dare to take any money!” Zhong Liang said honestly, “The money boss has given me is already enough for my family to use, I don’t want to leave anything they can grasp upon… as for the women, isn’t it a normal transaction? Even if I don’t sleep with them, wouldn’t they sleep with another casting director? Isn’t like I stoop so low to sleep with guys too.”
“Scram!” Xin Changkong couldn’t help but throw a notebook at him after hearing those disgusting words, “But how can you not even get one suitable candidate for me?”
“That’s not the case!” Zhong Liang shook his head, “There in fact good seedlings but their talent agency is either too weak or they aren’t well known enough, I planned for you to select this group of people first and if this doesn’t work, I’ll call them up again.”
“You think there are good seeds among these people you gave? Do you have dogs’ eyes or dogs’ brains?” Xin Changkong said furiously.
“That’s not necessarily, I looked at the setting you gave me and it doesn’t have to be a mean looking person! It could be a pretty face lunatic who looks weak at first glance but kills a whole family at the first displeasure, right?” Zhong Liang said, “I think there’s a place for contrasting roles like that.”
Xin Chankong’s eyes lit up, this was not a bad idea!
Zhong Liang was good at watching people’s expressions so he continued, “There are also the kind of disfigured good looking guy, which made him even crazier, isn’t that also appealing? The combination of crude guy, fierce guy, cruel guy and intelligent guy was the real combo!”
“I underestimated you, you’re also the director now, right?” Xin Changkong laughed and scolded him.
Zhong Liang let out a sigh of relief after seeing Xin Changkong expression, “I just want to continue to progress, otherwise if you rise higher and I couldn’t keep up, wouldn’t I be useless no matter how friendly we are?”
“It’s not bad to have this kind of mindset and not bad to try to improve.” Xin Changkong nodded slightly, “I’ll forget this one time, I will re-examine the role change myself and you also add the remaining candidates now instead of waiting for the second round.”
“Alright! Thank you, boss!” Zhong Liang immediately showed his loyalty, “I’ll definitely continue to work hard!”
“But I want to tell you one thing.” Xin Changkong said, “The future of Fengxiang Film is definitely better than other places. So you better work earnestly and honestly, and stop being afraid of offending people! If your quality of work drops because you’re afraid of offending people, you can go to other places and people will ignore you the same.”
“I understand.” Zhong Liang said respectfully, “I will certainly communicate first with my boss when I have any thoughts in the future.”
After a pause, he said with a laugh, “I actually really want to work on Teacher Lu and Teacher Chu’s work every year! Their budgets are high and the salary is also high! The most important point is they do great TV series and movies and we have a much better reputation with that!”
“You only know now that Fengxiang Film is great?” Xin Changkong said impatiently, “Quickly get out of here and get your work done!”
Zhong Liang finally felt relieved and left with a happy expression.
When he left the office, he could clearly see the other crew members’ disappointed face.
Because what those people saw wasn’t the panicked expression but a bright smile.
Zhong Liang ignored them and walked away with his head held high.
Comments for chapter "Chapter 518"
Support Fan’s Translations
Note: Individual translators usually have their own ko-fi buttons.