Superstar Aspirations

SA Chapter 93 (Part 1) – Picky Eater Rong Rong

Thank you all for waiting! I was busy with work stuff these past few weeks. The other parts of the donation sponsored posts will be out soon!

Chapter 93 is an insane 10K characters long…… (average is 4~4.5K)

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{Please read the original translations on SurrealSkyTranslations instead of supporting TL aggregator sites. Thanks!}

     After Maze City’s official account posted this promotional Weibo, it immediately garnered the attention of many netizens and was reposted numerous times.

     Director Yuan, Xiwen Bo, Ren Shuzhi, Ma Qi…… the crew naturally forwarded the publicity post first. Even Luo Qian logged into Rong Xu’s account and helped him repost it.

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     Generally speaking, most celebrity accounts wouldn’t be managed and used only by themselves. For example, certain endorsement Weibo posts and some publicity Weibo posts were directly handed over to their assistants, agents, or even professional public relations teams.

     Rong Xu also enjoyed logging into Weibo, interacting with his fans, posting selfies, and chatting, which was already considered pretty good. Many celebrities didn’t care about their Weibo at all and left it completely to their public relations team to take care of. With a public relations team, there would never be (an incident of) incorrect words, and they could also help (the celebs) build their image to attract fans in order to be listed in the trending searches. As for what they were truly like in private, the fans wouldn’t know at all.

     When Rong Xu woke up (the next day), the number of reposts under Maze City’s official account post had already exceeded 10,000, and fans were commenting enthusiastically below.

     [What does Uncle Si Xun have to do with me? Six severed hands can’t be eaten. We want to see Rong Rong, see Rong Rong! A thirty-second trailer is not enough at all! ! ! Knocking on the bowl and waiting for the landlord to come deliver food! ! ! 】

     [Hahahaha, an official blog with such a peculiar style is truly unprecedented. Where is the promised seriousness, where is the integrity. Deducting chicken for the scriptwriter[1]! But, add 1,000…000 chicken for the stylist! Wuli Rong Rong is so handsome ~ so handsome that he has no friends[2]! 】 

     [OOOOOOOO the trailer itself made my blood bubble and boil, this time it seems that Rong Xu and Bo Xiwen are teaming up to catch the bad guys together? Is it a modern version of Sherlock/Watson? So moving, so moving~ Rong Xu’s image is so mature, I love this type of gentle and elegant person the most, making an appointment, appointment, appointment with the movie theaters![3] 】 

     With the countless repostings by celebrities and marketing accounts, this Weibo post rapidly gained exposure.

     Among the comments and reposts, the easiest thing to observe was the popularity of each of the actors.

Rong Xu’s fans accounted for half of the comment forwardings. First, among all the Weibo accounts with the highest number of forwards, apart from a few other celebrities, there was the official accounts of everyone in the Rong Xu National (Fan) Support Association. Consequently, at noon that day, the tag #RongXuMazeCity# was pushed up to sixth place on the trending list and was the only one among the crew of Maze City to make the list.

    When Director Yuan saw this, he smiled from ear to ear. He chose Rong Xu in the beginning due to his appearance and acting skills, and he also highly valued Rong Xu’s popularity. For him, a major commercial film director, the purpose of making a movie was, of course, to make money. If it wasn’t profitable, who would dedicate time and effort to making a film.

    Rong Xu has the lowest seniority among the crew members. But, right now, he had the greatest popularity. With him present, Maze City would have no shortage of exposure.

    Thus, in this first wave of publicity, Director Yuan gave Rong Xu ten seconds in the 30-second trailer, whereas Bo Xiwen only had eight. Select few fans might deliberately count the number of seconds their male gods appeared, but for the most part, they would see scenes of their respective male gods appearing particularly handsome and would be more than happy to discuss and forward the post.

    That was the case for the video trailer, but as for the first wave of official posters, (the designers) used a more profound style of emotional influence.

     All the actors were simply standing against a pure white background, looking fixedly at the camera. The poster opted for a close-up format and only showed the areas above each actor’s shoulders.

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     Under such photo standards, it was easier for the actors to showcase their character’s image. However, it also required superior acting skills.

     For example, when someone saw Ren Shuzhi’s poster, they would feel the anger in her eyes but wouldn’t be able to understand anything else. But, when they saw Bo Xiwen’s poster, they would be able to see a trace of awe-inspiring righteousness from his stoic face, and predict that he was upright and unyielding. At first glance, he was a manly man who’d grit his teeth and endure hardship.

     This was the difference in acting skills, allowing the audience to perceive more.

     The first poster released by the official account was Rong Xu’s.

     Against this pure white background, a handsome and elegant man donned a pair of silver framed glasses. His head was tilted slightly as he looked towards the camera calmly. His left hand was lifted, and he held onto the edge of his glasses with a finger. His clear, and light-colored eyes seemed to reflect a deep lake, quiet and serene. But it’s precisely because it was too quiet that it made him feel a bit aloof, to the point of being almost indifferent.

     There was no expression on Rong Xu’s face. He didn’t gnash his teeth like Ren Shuzhi, nor furrow his brows like Bo Xiwen. Yet, with his gaze lowered at you through the pair of cold lenses, anyone would feel cold sweat form from the soles of their feet, and (the air) becoming inexplicably cold.

     Of course, for the obsessed young folks, the most important thing was ——

     [AAAAHHHHHH Rong Rong is so cute! Rong Rong is so handsome! Elite Rong is also handsome! ! ! 】

     Just as Maze City’s publicity move was growing more heated, Rong Xu had already integrated into the crew of The Embroiderer and signed the contract in person. All the changes proposed by Luo Zhentao had been adopted. Taking into account the fact that Rong Xu was going to film (another work) in two weeks time, the crew would finish recording Rong Xu’s scenes first to rush his scenes.

     Without further delay, directly after signing the contract, Rong Xu headed into (the dressing room to) change into his costume and have his makeup done.

     When he finished with his makeup, the elderly man who had acting engrained into his very bones and will be playing the emperor had also finished his styling. The old man originally had a kind and jovial image, but his look was drastically transformed by the make-up artist’s skillful hands, and his new face took on a sickly and gaunt appearance.

     Yesterday, this old actor returned to his hotel too early and didn’t meet Rong Xu. Now that the two met, Old Liu immediately introduced them to each other.

     Coincidentally, just as Rong Xu stretched out his hands and prepared to politely greet the other party, the elder actor smiled generously and gripped onto Rong Xu’s hand with both hands, saying: “I just heard from Jianwen last week. He admires you quite a bit. After the Golden Bell Awards Ceremony, he said that you have an extremely good temper and praised you endlessly.”

     Rong Xu was slightly taken aback and looked up towards the elderly man.

     Zhou Jianwen was a well-known old actor in the circle. He and Rong Xu had only met once before. During the Golden Bell Awards some time ago, the old man personally presented the best supporting actor award to Rong Xu. At the time, the senior gave Rong Xu a few words of praise on stage. Rong Xu believed that the other party only had some positive feelings towards him, but he didn’t expect that the other party would tell his old friend about him.

     In any case, the two parties thus became acquainted with one another.

     Old Liu smiled and said: “Since you already know Rong Xu, Old Chen, then I won’t do much introduction. You have the most rivalry scenes between the two of you. When you have time, you can practice scenes together. Xiao Rong will be leaving the crew in two weeks. We’re grasping the time to finish filming all his scenes in one breath.”

     Rong Xu nodded with a smile, and the elder actor also smiled and agreed.

     Thus, while the props team was preparing the set, Rong Xu practiced with the senior the entire time.

     Meanwhile, Qin Cheng who was not far away: “……”

{Please read the original translations on SurrealSkyTranslations instead of supporting TL aggregator sites. Thanks!}

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[1]Deduct chicken: can be interpreted as ‘deducting points’

[2]Handsome that he has no friends: everyone is jealous OR everyone wants to date him instead of befriend him

[3]Ah yes catching the bad guys and saving the city owo. This poor fan will be shaken awake at the movies


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6 thoughts on “SA Chapter 93 (Part 1) – Picky Eater Rong Rong”

  1. There are going to be more than a few fans in shock seeing the character Rong Rong played! Considering villain characters always seem to have the most fans though I wouldn’t expect it to negatively affect his popularity!

    Thanks for your hard work translating!

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