[The new force of a century-old party] Liu Ye: Playing Wang Jicai is very hard but very enjoyable
Chinanews client, Beijing, June 18 (Reporter Yuan Xiuyue) The movie “That Man, That Mountain, That Dog” was released for 22 years, and still audiences are still amazed by Liu Ye’s “big eyes that flicker like a deer”.
These are some young people Liu Ye, who is unfamiliar, is “a melancholy young student with a sense of fragility.” The literary hero Liu Ye has countless fans, and even Jiang Wen once declared to the outside world that Liu Ye can take his class.
However, Liu Ye did not have a path to the dark. He is also a muscular “big guy” in “Tough Guy”, a tragic soldier in “Nanjing”, and a rough man in “The Chaser”…
Recently, Liu Ye has “tossed” again, in “Island Watcher” Played the role of Wang Jicai who guarded island for 32 years. In the film, he was covered with scars and had several layers of skin peeled off from the sun. But he told a reporter from Chinanews.com that it was very hard to play Wang Jicai, but very enjoyable.
“The island of imagination Life is completely okay”
Liu Ye was born in Changchun, and was admitted to the Central Academy of Drama at the age of 17, and left his hometown. From the northeastern inland city to the capital Beijing, Liu Ye’s most familiar living environment has mountains, rivers and plains, but there is no sea.
For him, life on the island is unimaginable. “Robinson Crusoe”, coconut trees, beaches, and seagulls are the few pictures in his mind that are related to this. Therefore, when he got on the boat bound for Kaishan Island for the first time, his feeling was-“I’ve gotten off the horse.”
The weather that day was gloomy Yes, there was heavy fog on the sea, and the ship suddenly came to the brakes as it was driving. A big ship passed by them, and it might hit them a few seconds later. This kind of weather is normal in the local area, the fog is difficult to dissipate, it is not easy to land on the island, and it is also difficult to get ashore. In the past, Kaishan Island was basically isolated from the world.
“After I got there, I found that there was really nothing left except people, stones and sea breeze. It had nothing to do with the island life previously imagined.” Liu Ye said.
The appearance of Kaishan Island is very ordinary, bare, with an area of only 0.013 square kilometers, and it can make a circle in more than 20 minutes. It “floats” on the surface of the boundless Yellow Sea, with strange rocks stacked on top of each other, looking like a Potala Palace on the sea from a distance.
Don’t look at it inconspicuously However, the strategic location is very important. It is the right-wing outpost of the military fortress Lianyungang.
It is such an isolated island. Wang Jicai has been guarding it for 32 years and is the longest-serving “island owner”. Until July 27, 2018, he passed away due to a sudden illness.
The story of Wang Jicai has moved countless people, including Liu Ye.
So when director Chen Li handed him the script, he agreed without thinking. As a bystander, Liu Ye has a selfish mind. He especially wants to understand what has supported Wang Jicai on the island for 32 years?
To get close to Wang Jicai, go The island is the first step. In the early gatherings, Liu Ye contacted Wang Jicai’s most important relatives and friends. His good friend, the boss of Bao who often sailed to give him supplies in the movie, was also the one who sent Liu Ye and his party to Kaishan Island that day.
Wang Jicai’s wife, Wang Shihua, took them on the island to recall the details of the original life: where was the place where Wang Jicai’s crab accidentally fell into the sea; where was the place where the child fell; where was it The place where the national flag is raised…
Many details are reflected in the film, and some are not used. But for Liu Ye, these bits and pieces made him feel more confident when he was creating.
In order to be close in appearance Wang Jicai and Liu Ye made a lot of preparations in advance, running, losing weight, and basking in the sun. But when he arrived at the shooting location, he realized that his tanning was completely different from that of the local fishermen. No way, Liu Ye could only do stupid tricks, rubbing salt water on his face and body, and then exposing himself to the sea. Who knows that his skin is too tender, and a few layers of skin are peeled off in a tan.
Due to inconvenient transportation on Kaishan Island , Unable to shoot on-site, the crew finally completed the filming on a peninsula in Fujian. There are many mosquitoes on the beach, and these small wounds have become part of Liu Ye’s style, but this is far from enough. Before shooting every day, Liu Ye spends two and a half hours repairing makeup. In the movie, every mosquito bite bag, abrasions, scratches, and bruises on Wang Jicai’s body are clearly visible.
To play Wang Jicai, the more important thing is to grasp the character’s “soul”. Liu Ye divides Wang Jicai’s persistence in the film into three stages: At first, he wanted to prove that he was a man, not a spoiled species, to contend with nature, time, and material temptations outside; in the middle, it was he who worked and worked on himself. As a party member, as well as his commitment to the organization; when he is old, he improves himself even further, as he said, “Keeping the island means defending the country.”
At the same time, Liu Ye is also there Try to avoid creating a “high complete” image. In the movie, Wang Jicai is very optimistic, even if he is working hard to repair a generator, he will not hesitate to do anything. Liu Ye explained that the reason for this is because if people hesitate, two results will happen immediately, but Wang Jicai will not. He has a strong sense of belief.
“I want the audience more to see that in a matter of decades, this is really seeing greatness in the ordinary. This kind of real power will definitely move the audience. “Liu Ye said.
“A golden opportunity ”
On the day of the premiere of “Island Guardian”, Wang Jicai’s wife, Wang Shihua, came to the scene. She commented on Liu Ye as “straightforward and honest, very similar to Lao Wang.”
During the filming, Wang Jicai’s son Wang Zhiguo also said that Liu Ye had many similarities with his father in temper, which gave Liu Ye a lot of confidence.
Recall the shooting process Liu Ye described it as a particularly big challenge and a particularly great enjoyment. In his opinion, there are fewer and fewer biographical movies, and many movies are pursuing plot twists and complications, especially commercial movies, which attach great importance to the cast. For any actor, this kind of movie about characters is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have enough time to show it.