Jimmy Lin is filming a new modern series in Taiwan now. It will air in March, 2007. We have been talking about it in Jimmy's forum. I am just moving some of the newspaper articles here. Jimmy will play a 26 yr old playboy car racer in the series. he will do his own stunts and provide all the cars for filming. The female lead is Korean.
Can you believe it? Since Jimmy entered the entertainment industry he has not
yet starred in a modern series (except movies). He always did ancient or early
1900's series. In order to try something new, he turned down serveral Mainland
ancient series like Liao Zhai 2 and accepted San Lap's idol series "Fang Yang De
Xing Xing". If his price is RMB90,000 per episode, then he is losing over 10M.
Yesterday, "Fang Yang De Xing Xing"'s male and female leads, Jimmy Lin and
Korean actress Liu Hu Na got their first makeover. In the dressing room, the
director, makeup artist, and producer Chen Yu San surrounded Jimmy and argued
about how to "change" him into someone that the audience has never seen
before. Chen Yu San said, "Jimmy always appears as sunny and cute. This
time, we want to show his sexiness and maturity."
"Fang Yang De Xing Xing" is heavy with Korean influence. Its female lead is a
young Korean. The director wants Jimmy's hairstyle to copy that of another
Korean actor. Jimmy has never starred in an idol series. He has bought a pile of
Korean series in order to study "how modern people fall in love".
Liu is a new actress with Korean Ei21 agency. She has starred in "Sixth Exit" in
Taiwan and was the female lead in Jay Chow's MV. Jimmy thinks that Liu looks
like Liu Yi Fei. Her look and feel are outstanding. Liu has stayed in Taiwan for a
while and understands a little Chinese. Together with body language they have
no problem communicating. Jimmy has been spending a lot of time in Mainland.
With his return to Taiwan, he is putting a lot of his energy and personal resources
into the series. He will play the son of a jewel merchant, who doesn't like to work
but only likes racing. After he gets married he becomes a ruthless businessman.
Jimmy is a racer himself. His racing team is ready to help in the big racing scenes
in the series. Jimmy boasts that whatever type of race car they need he can get
Chen Yu San said she would ask Jimmy to unbotton his shirt to look sexy and
mature. Jimmy is willing to co-operate. He said he has no problem with how
many buttons. Everyone is worried that Jimmy has stayed in Mainland China for
too long and is out-of-touch with idol series. But Jimmy is confident. He
said "Modern series is easier than ancient series. There should be no problem."
He feels comfortable working with a Taiwanese procuction team. He said with
relief, "Finally I don't have to work in remote sites in China."
"Fang Yang De Xing Xing" will start filming at the end of November. Jimmy will go
to China for a rally race next Tuesday. Then he will come back for filming. Jimmy
said that he will stay in Taiwan for a while. His family is most happy because he
can go home every night.