Thursday, March 21, 2013

Yang Zi turned wooden shooting kiss scene with Wallace Huo in Battle of Changsha

Attention to Battle of Changsha aficionados, I would like to present one funny tidbit about the shooting if you haven't learned about it already on baidu forum. I had wanted to wait until the official episode of this talk show A Very Quiet Distance to air before writing about it, but I couldn't resist the temptation to talk about it now! I just want to share the laughter. A few days ago, Wallace Huo was invited to be interviewed by famed host Li Jing. Yang Zi was the "surprised" guest.

As I mentioned in my previous Battle of Changsha post, the original script did not include a kissing scene. Wallace Huo felt the scene necessitated a more "intense" display of affection and asked Yang Zi for her consent to add a kiss. Yang Zi agreed. During shooting however, things didn't go exactly as planned.  As Wallace lowered his head for a kiss, Yang Zi got too nervous and became a wooden stick. Check out the fan recorded video below where Wallace Huo teased Yang Zi about her nervous reaction.
Shooting this scene turned Yang Zi into a piece of wood. I notice that Wallace Huo has a tendency to stroke his female co-star's face before a kiss. Some acting style never changes!
P.S. This kissing scene isn't Yang Zi's first onscreen kiss. I believe she previously filmed a kiss scene with the Korean actor Jo Hyun Jae.
Wallace imitates Yang Zi's reaction


Transcript of fan recorded video:
Wallace Huo: I was like...I was like...why on earth did she look like that?! She didn't move at all. Then the [director said] "cut." When I leaned back to take a better look [she said] "I'm so sorry! I'm sorry! Please give me another chance. I got too nervous." We tried a second time and she reacted the same way. Super cute and funny. Like this...[he imitates Yang Zi's reaction. See photo above]

Yang Zi
: Actually, during shooting when the director called out "action" and Hua Ge (Wallace's nickname meaning "Older Brother Hua") started to lean loser to me, I thought the director would say "cut." But the director ended up not saying anything. So I freaked out and didn't know what to do. What should I do? What should I do? Should I kiss him or shouldn't I kiss him?! Should I turn away or should I not turn away? So it ended up that way..."

Wallace Huo: It well went the next try. But she eventually would have to deal with these types of situations. In her future film projects, she'll have broader choices...[host interjects]

Host: Do you get to kiss your female co-star in every project?

Wallace Huo: Nope [couldn't hear what he says next]

Host: Do you always like to add extra scenes to your dramas? Like kiss scenes?

Wallace Huo: Yeah. I frequently add them, [audience laughs] if I feel there is a need for them. But I would always discuss it with my female co-stars beforehand. Like 'Do you think this will be okay?'

Host: How did your female co-stars respond?

Wallace Huo: Most would just say "Okay, let's do it!" [audience laughs] A large majority are extremely professional actresses. They usually don't mind filming these types of scenes.

Host: Yang Zi. You shouldn't have a problem now. You have practice!

Yang Zi: [couldn't make out what she said in the beginning] So next time if I still need to film kiss scenes, and if I kiss well, then I'm going to give Hua Ge a call and say "Hua Ge, Happy Collaboration!"

Wallace Huo and Yang Zi at the Battle of Changsha Producer Hou's house for the screening of the official trailer
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