Originally this ‘Destined Immortals’ was just a web drama that was planned to be produced at a small cost. However, when Shao Chengyue was added to the cast, everything changed. There was a new round of investments that added 30 million yuan and the previous, inexperienced, director was replaced by an experienced director who had frequently worked in the genre.
Shao Chengyue looked very conventionally handsome. His clothes were all personally tailored limited edition brand-names, and he had sword-like eyebrows, eyes that sparkled like stars, a straight nose, dark pupils, and a fair complexion. He projected the frosty and distant aura unique to a noble son of heaven.
After Ruan Tian entered the room and took off her mask, Shao Chengyue glanced over at her indifferently and gave a slight nod. After that, there was no further communication.
However, Ruan Tian actually had a good impression of him because of this. After all, this man who was obviously born nobility didn’t show any sort of obvious contempt. Instead, he just gave the feeling that any person in an ordinary colleague kind of relationship might. An attitude that screamed: ‘We’re cooperating for the moment, and afterwards we’ll never see each other again.’
The screenwriter and director at the head of the table asked the actors to all introduce themselves to one another, and when that was done the table reading began.
The heroine in this script, who was going to be played by Ruan Tian, was a Junior Martial Sister who gets picked up by the male lead and then adopted into his sect. After some time, she secretly falls in love with her Senior Martial Brother, the male lead, and dreams that when she grows up she will be able to form a Daoist Couple with him and cultivate together.
However, it turns out she had a rare physique so, on the night of their marriage the male lead digs out her roots and ruins her foundation in order to help another woman reach the Golden Core stage smoothly. After that, she is abandoned while the male lead and that woman go off to fly together.
But even after her roots are dug out, the heroine luckily doesn’t die.
She quietly escapes from the sect and begins to furiously cultivate alone.
After eating many hardships in the cultivation world, she finally manages to cultivate until she’s at the edge of the God Transformation Stage and kills her way back into the sect. Once she fights her way through she corners the male lead, she points her sword at him with one question on her lips: Does he regret?
However, the male lead is still indifferent to her, and he only replies with two words: No regrets.
In the end, she can’t bring herself to kill him and, after being seriously injured, she falls off a cliff. Then just when it seems to be the end for her, the male lead suddenly swoops in and saves her! From there it’s revealed that this was all the male lead’s desperate plan to let her survive a destined calamity.
In the last episode, the two of them reconcile and live out their days together in seclusion.
After reading the script for the first time, Ruan Tian actually felt very upset.
Why would her character forgive the male lead! ? Just because the things he did were ‘for her own good’?
But didn’t it hurt when he was digging out her spirit roots?
Didn’t it hurt when her foundation was ruined?
This script was bullshit!
Ruan Tian really wanted to pull out her red pen and make a few choice edits!
What was the use of keeping this kind of male lead around? Instead of this garbage, the heroine should have just waited until he was just about to ascend to the God Transformation Stage and then ambushed him and destroyed his golden core so that he could have a little taste of what pain really meant.
Of course, these things could only happen in Ruan Tian’s thoughts. In reality, the script had already been finalized and basically couldn’t be changed.
On top of that, although this was her first role where she was nominally the heroine, she had to follow strict rules outside.
Basically, Shao Chengyue was number one and Ruan Tian was number two.
Ruan Tian had no opinion on this. She didn’t want to fight for fame on the outside anyway.
Moreover, how could she dare to try to rob from Shao Chengyue?
Throughout the morning, they read through three major scenes in the script.
Of course, once Ruan Tian had a script in her hands she would devote all of her feelings to her role until she could practically regard herself as her character.
Because of that devotion, she knew all of her lines and her expressions were spot on. She was confident that even if she had to begin filming now there would be no problem.
And while they were going through the three scenes together, Ruan Tian felt Shao Chengyue taking a few extra glances in her direction.
At first, she thought that maybe there was something on her face, so she secretly took out her pocket mirror to check. However, she found that her face was clean and free from any problems.
After breaking for lunch at noon, the group reconvened to read more of the script.
In the end, they used the whole day and managed to get through six scenes and when the director saw that it was already 5 p.m., he went ahead and sent them all back.
After sitting around the table all day, Ruan Tian’s waist was sore and she could hardly stand. Eventually, she managed to clamber up from her seat and then spent a while stretching before picking up her script and heading out to hail a taxi.
Meanwhile, Shao Chengyue was also feeling tired after working all day so he returned to the van prepared by his assistants to rest. Once he sat down inside, he casually said to an assistant, “Ruan Tian isn’t as bad as I imagined she would be.”
He could tell that her acting skills were pretty good and her line reads were all good as well.
On top of that, he had caught a glimpse of her script and seen the densely jotted notes that she had scrawled all over it.
It showed that she was putting in a lot of effort.
Thinking all this, the disgust Shao Chengyue felt in his heart for Ruan Tian receded a little bit. But, at the same time, he still had no plans to develop a friendship with the woman.
The assistant said: “It’s too early to tell. You should wait until filming has officially started to see what she is like.”
After all, most people on the outside world all labeled her as a trashy beauty with no skills and a strange temper.
Maybe it was just a coincidence that she had seemed normal today?
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