Originally Posted by Prinxess19
OK, I'll summarize just for you, Prinxess.
I started off by admitting that becoming a QZY fan was rather unexpected for me, because I normally like older celebrities who are more established in their work, also with his gorgeous looks I would usually write him off as an idol with no substance. Indeed his acting skills, while quite good for someone who was not classically trained as an actor, still have room to improve. Fortunately I was able to find an acceptable rationale for liking him: what really made me fall for him was not his attractive appearance but the air of innocence he seems to exude both on and off screen.
Then I talked about the few TV series I've seen involving him, starting with Seven Swordsmen, then XHNSL, followed by Spirit of the Sword and Book and Sword, gave mini-reviews on each of them. Of these, Seven Swordsmen ranks the highest in terms of overall quality, although QZY was a side character, he gave a memorable performance in limited screen time. XHNSL, though hampered by low budget and hasty production, was an early showcase of QZY's acting chops. After seeing the series a lot of people expected the actor's personality to be similar to that of Ming Ri, which turned out to be untrue. Ming Ri is highly aristocratic, cool on the surface, passionate on the inside, physically handicapped but wise beyond his years. In contrast QZY in real life is more akin to your Boy Next Door, earthy, modest, hardworking, physically talented but not good with words. Therefore being able to bring Ming Ri to life on screen was a testament to QZY's acting skills. Also, due to physical limitations of the character, the camera was often focused on Ming Ri's facial expressions and hand gestures, this would be challenging for many young actors, however the subtlety with which QZY handled these scenes showed great promise for him. I'm relatively critical of Spirit of the Sword and Book and Sword, with the same director we are not surprised the two series share some of the same weaknesses, mostly attributed to irresponsible screenplays which take too much liberty with the original novels they were based on. However at least QZY is finally thrust into central starring roles and has demonstrated that he is quite adept at the coming-of-age type of storyline.
Then I mentioned that I look forward to seeing QZY's portrayal of Zheng Ke Shuang in Lu Ding Ji (The Deer and the Cauldron). Although his fans can not understand why he picked the thankless minor villain role and most think of it as a gross miscast, I actually applaud him for trying to expand his acting range. To illustrate my point I brought up the example of veteran actor Chen Bao Guo who in his early 30's chose the more challenging role of street hooligan Glasseye in the film Shen Bian over the much sought after sympathetic role of Oldest Son in the TV series Si Shi Tong Tang. This career move ruined his future as a possible screen idol, but embarked him on a distinguished career as a character actor. I then revealed my secret hope that QZY would be cast in well-produced large scale historical dramas and get to work with Chen Bao Guo, and get a pointer or two from the latter in the process which will no doubt benefit him as an actor.
To wrap up, I pointed out some things I liked about QZY outside of his work. I liked the fact he was a dance major which gave him not only elegant body language but also a quieter persona than his colleagues who went to acting schools. He is always awkward and uneasy on variety shows, obviously hasn't learned the tricks of the trade as far as how to get noticed as an entertainer. He has been criticized by his own fans for not paying attention to his image, often wearing a dark tan and mustache (both are major turn-off's for Chinese young female audience), although I find it endearing that he seems totally oblivious of his own awesome beauty. Recently he was spotted playing video games alone for hours in a theater arcade in Beijing, obviously still a child at heart, no wonder his face always seems so young and innocent, so unaffected by stardom. His personality reminds me of the title of a song "Free as the Wind". In this age of increasing cynicism and practicality, it is so rare to maintain this inner tranquility in one's heart. More than ever, I cherish that innocence in his eyes.