[The new force of a century-old party] played Mao Zedong for the second time and Wang Lei: The theme of historical revolution should continue to be filmed
Chinanews client, Beijing, June 23 (Reporter Ren Siyu) “The red sun is rising, and the light is bright. I believe that as long as the people are lit, there will be lightning, fire, and darkness will be wiped out. ”
The TV series “Hundreds of Refined Steel” started from a power outage. The young Mao Zedong struck a match in the dark. As the light gradually emerged, the camera turned to extravagant officers, poor beggars, and holding ” “New Youth” hotly discussed youth… Mao Zedong and Cai Hesen were talking about the future of the country as they walked. In just a few minutes, the personalities of several characters were fully revealed.
In the play, the actor Wang Lei plays Mao Zedong. From “Spring Grass” and “The Happy Life of Golden Wolf” to “The Ordinary World” and “Hundreds of Steels”… Wang Lei’s image on the screen has changed, and this time, he is bluntly challenging, but also full of passion.
Just received a role invitation Wang Lei feels that this is an honor and a test at the same time, “So I am very passionate about this creation, and I spent a lot of time preparing.”
Actually, this is not Wang Leidi. An interpretation of Chairman Mao. 10 years ago, he played the role of young Mao Zedong in the TV series “The Wind and Power”, but in “Hundreds of Steel” he has to act from 26 to 71 years old, spanning 45 years, how to achieve his role Inheritance and breakthrough have become his challenge this time.
First of all, it is the interpretation of the old-age scenes. When shooting middle-aged and old scenes, Wang Lei puts on makeup for several hours a day on average. In order to get closer to the status of the characters, he puts Chairman Mao’s videos and documentaries on different periods Edit together, watch and learn repeatedly while putting on makeup every day, “Let the state of the chairman immerse in your body, and then slowly spread it out.”
After the appearance “reaches the standard”, he still Synchronous adjustments were made to the voice lines, “voices and lines should also match your appearance characteristics. It can’t be the old makeup, but the voice is still the voice of the young, which is very uncomfortable.” In the end, the director retained Wang Lei’s simultaneous voice in the play.
In addition to shaping the image of the elderly, another challenge is how to achieve a breakthrough in performance in the same theme drama. Wang Lei said frankly that the creation of Chairman Mao focused more on the spiritual world and inner emotions. “I hope to show the audience a warmer and more emotional side of Chairman Mao.”</ p>
In the plot of “Hundreds of Steel”, There were three scenes where Chairman Mao shed tears. One was to learn about Yang Kaihui’s sacrifice, and the other was to learn about Mao Anying’s sacrifice. “I hope that the audience will see that the chairman is full of emotions, but every emotional surge he has is accompanied by restraint, because He has great love in his heart and feelings of family and country.”
The other time he shed tears was on Chairman Mao’s birthday in his later years. He wanted to celebrate at the birthday banquet to the heroes who contributed to the motherland. During this scene, Wang Lei discussed with the director to add an extra line: “Unfortunately, we have many comrades-in-arms, friends, and relatives who can no longer come.”
“I think these are my reasons. Where I want to make a breakthrough in this performance, in some seemingly ordinary scenes, uncommon moments and different emotions emerge.” Wang Lei said.
The theme of historical revolution should continue to be filmed
“Internationale”, “Long March”, “The Yellow River is Roaring”, “Without the Communist Party, there would be no New China”, “The Loveliest Man”, “Singing” The timeline of “Motherland”, “Toast for Hope”, “Meeting Young Friends”, “Hundreds of Refined Steel” spans a century, using eight themed sections to connect the party’s century-old spiritual pedigree and glorious history.
During the filming, as a party member, Wang Lei also gave two party lessons for everyone, which was an experience that he had never had before. “Because of filming such a scene, through the life of the chairman, I have a deep understanding and experience of the party’s establishment process.”
In the party class, he shared some thoughts of film and television workers. Keep shooting, because the meaning of film and television works is not to give you a boring lesson, but to use a vivid story and a very sophisticated production to let more young people understand the history of the party.”
It seems that not only do such works have to be shot all the time, the creators should also constantly explore new means of expression and find new details that can impress the audience. “The enlightenment that history has given us is inexhaustible. For example, Whether acting as a great man or acting as a leader, there are more sides to dig out and more stories to write.”
Growing up in a military family, Wang Lei has heard from his grandfather a lot of participation. The story of the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, the War of Liberation, and the War of Resistance against the United States and Korea. In another TV series “Merchants” co-directed by Mao Weining, he played Li Yannian, the winner of the “Medal of the Republic” and the first-class hero of the Volunteer Army. When shooting, he felt as if he was experiencing the experience of his grandfather back then, and what he was performing was not just a character, but a group.
Wang Lei said frankly that when performing such works, one must first have faith in his heart, be familiar with themes and characters, be very careful and cautious when performing, and be able to achieve the ultimate goal of the work through the level of performance.
“No matter how hard or difficult the shooting is, when you see this thing coming out, you think it can be brought in front of the audience, and the audience can see your sincerity and this The value of the play, I think this is a very important point in acting party history works. This kind of story should be passed down forever, and it can give full play to the level of artists.”
Farmers, Soldiers, entrepreneurs, musicians, diplomats…In recent years, Wang Lei has played many different types of roles in TV series, but most of them are related to real life. He said that he prefers dramas with realistic content in content, rather than “the kind of suspended, fake-model dramas.”
Consider when taking the show He also emphasizes the sense of reality when acting. Some viewers once mentioned his “variability”. In “The Ordinary World”, he spoke a bit of Northern Shaanxi dialect. In “Old Chinese Medicine”, he changed to Tianjin dialect, and in “The Frontier of Happiness” he changed to Shanghai dialect. While preparing for “The Meritorious Merit”, he also learned to imitate Li Yannian’s native dialect.
Wang Lei said that being an actor is actually a process of learning all the time. Every time I take a play, I will try to find a way to understand the life of the character from different angles as much as possible, and even understand an industry, such as During the performance of “Dream Pursing”, he learned about the development of China’s communications industry and studied the models of tanks in “The King of Land Warfare”…
“As you learn, you will slowly enter Only then can you deeply understand and express this character. If you don’t learn to understand this field, don’t understand what he is doing, what he thinks, what his difficulties are, and what he is excited about, you will not be able to act and change. It’s a fake model, and the audience doesn’t like to watch such a play.” (End)