Jul 2013 Wallace: It's Tired to be a Boss - WallaceHuo (霍建华) - For International Fans

Wallace Huo – It’s Tired to be a Boss

Shanghai TV

July 2013 A edition

The teleplay “Perfect Couple” has been filmed for several months in Hengdian. This teleplay is also Wallace’s first time acting as a producer. I visited the set as a journalist and saw that it isn’t easy to be a producer as well as a male lead at the same time. Under a burning temperature of 36 degree Celsius, in order to smooth out the filming process, he had not only to act his parts, he needed to create a harmonic atmosphere for the set. As an introvert person by nature, he has gone nuts to fulfil his role as a producer.


His worry in the field turns him into a joker in a second

It was 36º C, and when I arrived at the set it was around 5pm but the heat was still unbearable. Other artists sat on their chairs to relax while the change of background scenes took place. Only Wallace sat still next to the round table and read the script with eyebrows frowning. At the same time he monitored the props on the table. The next take was about some artists having dinner. The food was warped with cling film and put on the table first. The artists sat around the table and prepared for their lines. When the take was about to start, they were busy with their makeups or changed their costumes hurriedly. Wallace unwrapped the food with the crew. He said he didn’t notice this kind of things when he was only an actor. But now he gets used to do that kind of work.

During the photo shooting Wallace looked tired. His eyes were weary. He pinched his eyebrows and closed his eyes and yawned from time to time. We were worried about how is he going to continue filming. Little we knew how he became energetic once his takes started. He talked and joked with some artists and even paid attentions to details. He noticed the wig wasn’t fixed properly on an artist and immediately asked the stylist to fix it. He watched intensively on the side. There was a scene where he had to kneel on the floor. He was busy like a spinning top. He was either kneeling on the floor to shoot his takes or he simply kneeled down to demonstrate to other figurants. The scene was still on-going after more than an hour. Other artists, including Tang Yan, got bored. Suddenly Wallace changed his kneeling position and lied on the floor doing hip-hop. His silly action made everyone laugh. The (boring) atmosphere had changed course.


Taking care of Tang Yan to make her happy

To enable her husband to see her in ancient costumes, Vivian Wu turned up in Hengdian for the very first time to film a teleplay. Little did she know she faced the hottest days of the year. But she was in a good mood and praised Wallace for being such a very nice and considerate guy. He treated people various drinks every day. She hoped that Wallace can play her ‘young lover’ next time. She seemed to suddenly remember something during the conversations. She was half joking: “He treats everyone nicely when Tang Yan isn’t around. If Tang Yan is here he’ll only take care of her. He said he has never been so nice to an actress. They tease and flirt even off filming. Don’t know whether they’re for real or not.” We told Wallace about this and he laughed loudly. After laughing, he admitted delightedly that he is particularly taking special care of Tang Yan: “I especially invited her (to join this drama). She is making me a big favour. I want her to be happy during the whole filming process. I'm afraid she might not if I don't care enough. Thus, I treat her to drinks and snacks and crack some jokes with her." He said with a smile he treats Tiffany like a princess but it's worth, "Treating her well is a way to accumulate some experience to raise my daughter in the future. I feel that a girl needs protection and care".

As a male lead, he is involved significantly. The filming schedule is intense. At the set from time to time he does funny actions to entertain people. Of course this is due to the fact that he is the producer. “This is a comedy drama. I feel that only a happy atmosphere can show a happy feeling.” He thinks that it’s important to make people feel good during the hot Summer days mainly because he has been an actor for many years. “It is inevitable to have impetuous moods in hot days. I used to feel the same as an actor previously. I was moody. But this time not only I can’t feel annoyed, I must make people feel there is hope. I need to act as a blending agent so that filming can be carried out smoothly.”


霍建華 - 當老闆累瘋了

上海電視

2013 7.A

電視劇《金玉良緣》在橫店開拍連個月,這是霍建華首次擔當出品人的作品。記者前去探班,看到這個出品人兼主演,實在是不好當:36°C的高溫天,為了“讓拍攝更順暢”,他不但要演好自己的戲份,還要調劑現場氣氛。一個原本那麼內向的人,愣是被“出品人”的身份逼瘋了。

操現場的心,一秒變“雷神”

當天橫店氣溫高達36°C,記者趕到片場時,已是17點左右的傍晚時分,仍然悶熱難當。換景佈置現場時,其他演員都到屋外躺椅上坐著透氣,只有霍建華一個人守在圓桌旁蹙著眉看劇本,時不時盯一盯道具擺放之類的瑣事。接下來拍一場吃飯戲,菜品裹著保鮮膜先端上桌,大家圍坐在一起對台詞。即將開拍,大家或忙著整理妝容,或匆忙換衣服,霍建華就和工作人員一起把保鮮膜一一揭開。他說,這些工作以前當演員時是看不到的,而現在,自己做得已經相當順手了。

拍攝期間,霍建華那叫一個倦容難掩,眼睛酸了,他就捏著眉心閉一會兒眼,不時還來個大哈欠。本來記者還擔心他這種倦態,待會兒拍戲怎麼應付?沒想到,一開始走戲,他立馬像打了雞血,拉著幾個演員說說笑笑,對於一些細節,也是火眼金睛——看到對手戲演員的頭髮粘得不太好,立刻叫來化妝給整一下,自己則在一邊監工。一場他自己的跪地戲,就看見他一個人忙得像陀螺,不是跪在那裡演,就是跪著給群眾演員說戲。這場戲拍了近一個小時還沒拍完,坐在現場的唐嫣幾個都有些百無聊賴起來;突然,只見霍建華從“跪倒模式”切換成躺在地上翻滾的“Hip-Hop模式”,雷人動作頻出,大家哈哈一笑,氣氛也就換了頻道。


最照顧唐嫣,要讓她開心

為了讓老公看看自己的古裝劇,鄔君梅第一次到橫店拍電視劇。沒想到,第一回就遇到了大熱天。不過,她心情還不錯,大夸霍建華對人好,很體貼,現場每天請大家喝各種水,希望下次能讓他演自己的“小情人”。說到這裡,她突然想起來什麼似的,半開玩笑道:“唐嫣不在的情況下,他對我們每個人都是很好的。只要唐嫣來了,他就對她一個人最照顧,他說自己從沒對一個女演員這麼好過。我看他們兩個戲外也打情罵俏的,不知道是真是假。”把這話丟給霍建華,他不拘束地哈哈笑。笑夠了之後,倒也痛快承認自己確實對唐嫣特別照顧,“這次是我邀請她來的,她能來真的很給面子。我希望她整個拍攝過程都是很開心的,所以我會請她喝水、吃東西,說些無聊的笑話逗她。”他還笑著說:“伺候她,也為自己以後養女兒積累了一些經驗。我覺得,女孩子還是要呵護的。”

作為男主,自己戲份本身就重,拍攝進度那麼趕,但他在現場還要動不動一秒變“雷神”,逗大家開心,這當然還是出品人的身份在“作祟”。 “這部戲是喜劇,我覺得只有在歡樂的氣氛下才能拍出歡樂的感覺。”而大熱天更要讓大家快樂,也是源於自己當了那麼多年的演員,“天氣特別熱,心情難免浮躁,以前做演員也會有這種感覺,也會有些情緒。但這次,不但不能煩,還必須給大家看到希望,做一個調和劑讓拍攝更順暢。”

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