Fang Shaoyi had been in the film industry for many years, with a high starting point and a solid background. Over the years, there weren't many people he openly had bad relationships with. It wasn't in his nature to easily make enemies, and he didn't have a superiority complex. There was no reason for him to oppose anyone.
This time, the conflict with He Han's side was out in the open, both sides didn't communicate much. The reason for the lack of communication was that even if He Han's side wanted to talk, they couldn't reach Fang Shaoyi's side.
However, this couldn't be considered a fight between the two sides. There was no comparison. One side was too lowly, and their methods were not respectable. The other side couldn't be bothered to deal with them.
Some of the fans who saw Yuan Ye's Weibo post had actually figured out what he meant. Seeing that word "boss", the cp fans would already be sensitive towards it. There had been no previous collaborations or interactions between He Han and Fang Shaoyi, and many of them only found out that He Han was also filming Director Jiang's movie after hearing seeing him call him "boss". After Yuan Ye posted like that, He Han had no choice but to delete the post.
When Ji Xiaotao brought in the food, Yuan Ye was wearing pajamas and waiting to eat after washing up. Fang Shaoyi was still sleeping in bed. Ji Xiaotao saw the tenderness in Yuan Ye's eyes and silently exclaimed in his heart.
Yuan Ye gestured for him to be quiet and not make a sound. Ji Xiaotao didn't dare to stay too long and left after a short while.
As Fang Shaoyi turned over, he seemed to wake up. Yuan Ye looked at him, and Fang Shaoyi opened his eyes and looked back. Yuan Ye tilted his head and smiled at him, asking, "Want to eat something before going back to sleep?"
Fang Shaoyi shook his head, his voice still hoarse, "Not hungry."
Yuan Ye didn't insist and said, "Then go back to sleep."
Fang Shaoyi closed his eyes and mumbled, "When will you finish eating?"
After understanding what he meant, Yuan Ye laughed so hard that his shoulders shook and said, "Right away."
Fang Shaoyi made a sound of agreement and fell asleep again in just a few seconds.
After finishing his meal, Yuan Ye returned to bed and leaned against the headboard to check his phone. Fang Shaoyi stretched out his arm and casually draped it over Yuan Ye's shoulder. Yuan Ye chuckled silently and lightly scratched his arm with his fingertips, like he was petting a cat.
He posted a picture on his social media with the caption "Seven-year-old Fang" and attached a photo he had taken a few days ago on set. Fang Shaoyi was sitting on the steps outside the barber shop, looking over at Yuan Ye. He had been lost in thought, but when he noticed Yuan Ye taking his picture, his expression softened and he smiled.
His smile was naturally handsome, but with the half-light of that day, it gave off a sense of peaceful warmth and tranquility.
At the end of April, Fang Shaoyi finished filming, but Yuan Ye was a few days behind because there were still had some loose ends to tie up after finishing. It was overcast on the day they wrapped, and they were filming a scene where Fang Shaoyi was cutting someone's hair - not the beginning or the end, just an ordinary scene.
This was Jiang Linchuan's filming style - he liked to save the special scenes for the middle and film the regular scenes at the beginning and end. Actors always have the strongest emotions towards the end of filming, but he insisted on using this subtle, bittersweet emotion to film something seemingly unremarkable, resulting in a restrained and poignant effect.
The world is silent, but the mountains and rivers endure.
On that day, Yuan Ye was squatting on the set, watching as Fang Shaoyi, as usual, finished cutting the person's hair. He then used a brush to sweep away the hair on the person's face, ears, and neck. After mechanically removing the cloth from the person's body, he expressionlessly said, "Three yuan."
The person looked up at him and only gave him two yuan in the end.
Fang Shaoyi put the money in the drawer without asking any further questions.
He was always like this in this small town, always being cheated and bullied, sometimes aware, sometimes not. He was a killer, and he came here to find someone and kill him.
As the movie approached its end, everyone in the town seemed to be the person he was looking for, but at the same time, everyone seemed to be a killer who wanted to kill him. The true identity of each person was shrouded in mystery, and the identity of Sen Cha was also unclear, with everything being vague and uncertain.
After adding a subplot, the focus shifted mostly to He Han, the quiet and gentle tailor in the town who was now the main supporting character. Originally, everyone was alike and yet different.
But after the changes, it seemed like a showdown between the tailor and the protagonist, with both of them being each other's target and assassin. The other townspeople were merely there to provide cover for the tailor, acting as obstacles to be overcome.
Later on, there were a few scenes that were added featuring Fang Shaoyi and He Han. He Han couldn't afford to drag his feet like before and had to give it his all to keep up with Fang Shaoyi's acting. However, he still struggled to keep up and his presence on stage was weak, making it clear that his acting skills were no match for Fang Shaoyi's.
Despite his age, He Han's acting skills were still too inexperienced. Fang Shaoyi, on the other hand, was a natural talent who had been acting in movies since he was a teenager. The gap between him and those actors who only had experience in idol dramas was like night and day.
Every time the director called "cut," He Han would say something to Fang Shaoyi, sometimes thanking him and other times apologizing. Fang Shaoyi would usually just nod or shake his head, not saying much, but he never made things difficult for He Han. He didn't need to, and it wouldn't be classy to do so.
The whole movie had changed its flavor, which was why Yuan Ye argued with the director before every scene. This approach just didn't work for him. They were constantly at odds, like gears that wouldn't mesh properly and kept getting stuck with every turn.
After the wrap, Fang Shaoyi had to leave. The company had a pile of things waiting for him, and Geng Jinwei had been urging him to go for a while now. Fang Shaoyi had been working tirelessly on filming for over a year, with almost two years immersed in crews.
Yuan Ye would be delayed for a few more days, so Fang Shaoyi decided to go back first and wait for him. As per tradition, after celebrating the end of filming, Fang Shaoyi didn't rush to leave. He waved to Yuan Ye and called him over. With most of the crew gone to film other scenes, there weren't many people around.
Fang Shaoyi had Yuan Ye sit in a chair and proceeded to give him a haircut. During this time, Fang Shaoyi had become quite skilled at cutting Yuan Ye's hair. Yuan Ye watched him in the mirror as Fang Shaoyi used the clippers to trim his hair and then used a comb to measure the length.
Yuan Ye asked him, "Are you going to France next month?"
Fang Shaoyi nodded, "Yes."
Yuan Ye said, "I'll go with you."
Fang Shaoyi looked at him and shook his head, "No need, you have your own things to do."
Yuan Ye shook his head and didn't say anything else. He just repeated, "I'm going too. I've asked Xiaotao to settle my visa together."
Fang Shaoyi grabbed Yuan Ye's head and looked at him, then smiled lightly and said, "Then I'll wait for you."
"Okay," Yuan Ye looked at Fang Shaoyi in the mirror and smiled, "Everyone was crowding together earlier, so I didn't get a chance to say it. Congratulations on finishing the shoot, Fang-laoshi."
Fang Shaoyi steadied his hand on Yuan Ye's head and said, "Thank you for your care, Yuan-laoshi."
"No need to be polite," Yuan Ye looked at him and said, "We still have a long way to go in the future."
Before Fang Shaoyi left, he tried to leave Ji Xiaotao with Yuan Ye, but Yuan Ye refused and said he didn't need him. Fang Shaoyi was worried that he would be at a disadvantage on set alone, but Yuan Ye confidently replied, "I won't be at a disadvantage. The director has my back, and besides, I'm not a young kid anymore. I can handle myself."
Despite Fang Shaoyi's concerns, Yuan Ye still refused to let Ji Xiaotao stay. Ji Xiaotao was caught in the middle and no one wanted him. Although he appeared successful at the company, no one knew that he was constantly mistreated and even threatened with firing.
Yuan Ye really wouldn't be at any disadvantage. The filming was almost done, and the remaining scenes wouldn't take more than a few days. It was just that Yuan Ye liked to finish things properly, otherwise he could have left with Fang Shaoyi. Even if He Han's side was being foolish, they wouldn't dare to argue with Yuan Ye again. Besides, who didn't know that he and Fang Shaoyi were together now?
After Fang Shaoyi went back, he had to go to the company for several days, and then he had to go to Cannes in a few days. Director Xin was taking "Wind Wanderer" there, so of course Fang Shaoyi had to go with him.
He hadn't left the set for a long time, so he had to finalize his outfits for the trip, train his physique a little, and take care of his skin. In the past two years, Fang Shaoyi had ruined his appearance, and he rarely paid attention to his face.
Geng Jinwei said to Fang Shaoyi, "I've picked out two good scripts, one for shooting in September and one for the end of the year. If you don't want to shoot, just leave them be. I'll try to reject them. One is directed by Director Wei and the other by Director Zhuang. I think they've both talked to you about it, so I have to wait for you to come back and take a look. Otherwise, I won't be able to reject them without you taking a look."
Fang Shaoyi nodded and said, "Yeah, they both talked to me about it. But I really do want to take a break."
Geng Jinwei raised his eyebrows and said, "I told you to take a break a long time ago. Did you listen?"
Fang Shaoyi smiled and didn't answer him. Instead, he asked, "When is Director Wei's shooting schedule?"
"At the end of the year," Geng Jinwei said. "There's still plenty of time. You can decide whether or not to take it before the end of June. If you're not taking it, let them know early so they can find someone else."
Fang Shaoyi rubbed his forehead and said, "Okay."
When he returned, Geng Jinwei had originally planned to hold a meeting. Some new employees had signed on with the company, but they hadn't even met Fang Shaoyi yet.
However, Fang Shaoyi wasn't too interested in having a meeting. He didn't really care about the company's affairs, as Geng Jinwei was the one who always handled them. Geng Jinwei had stopped managing artists a long time ago. Now, he only had Fang Shaoyi left in his hands, as well as Yang Siran, who couldn't be assigned to anyone else.
When Ji Xiaotao heard that Yang Siran still didn't have an agent, he was quite surprised. When he saw him in the company, he asked, "What's going on? No one's taking care of you?"
Yang Siran smiled and greeted Ji Xiaotao, calling him "Brother Xiaotao". Then he nodded and said, "Yes, there's no one."
"I heard before that they wanted you to work with Old Yan, right? Brother Yan is good."
Ji Xiaotao had a good impression of Yang Siran. When Little Yang was on set, he aligned himself with Fang Shaoyi's camp and intentionally played down his abilities when acting with He Han, which made Ji Xiaotao feel close to him. He said to him privately, "Brother Yan is a good person with many resources. It's good for you to follow him."
Yang Siran didn't say anything, just shook his head. "It's not Brother Yan who brought me here."
"So what's your situation now?" Ji Xiaotao asked him. "Who's in charge of your work? Do you have an assistant?"
"I do have an assistant. As for my work...it's still directly assigned to me by President Geng."
Ji Xiaotao laughed heartily and joked, "If you can't figure out who to follow and stick with Brother Geng, that's fine. This is the gold-tier treatment, he hasn't taken on anyone new for a while."
Yang Siran lowered his head and pursed his lips, saying softly, "Brother Geng doesn't want to take me on either."
Ji Xiaotao patted his shoulder and comforted him, "It's okay. You'll be assigned eventually. I'll speak up for you and find a good agent for you."
In the company, Ji Xiaotao had a say, and Yang Siran sincerely thanked him, "Thank you, Brother Xiaotao. You've always taken care of me. But for now, I don't need an agent. I feel like...things are going pretty well as they are."
"Are you silly?" Ji Xiaotao laughed at him. "Brother Geng isn't really your agent. If you don't have someone to guide you, it's easy to get lost. How could Brother Geng have time to deal with all these little things like taking on jobs? Since you came back from the crew, do you have any other plans?"
"No," Yang Siran replied slowly. "President Geng told me not to take on random jobs and just focus on filming."
"Well then, listen to him and focus on filming. That's the best way to stay on track," Ji Xiaotao said.
Yang Siran nodded and said, "Yes, I'll listen to President Geng."
Later, Ji Xiaotao mentioned this to Fang Shaoyi, saying that Yang Siran is still free and no one is managing him. After all, he is a potential good stock and can have great development if guided properly. Even if it's not because of personal interest in Yang Siran, Ji Xiaotao should still bring it up. However, Fang Shaoyi doesn't care about these things. He doesn't even recognize all of the company's agents.
Moreover, Fang Shaoyi doesn't dare to get involved with this young man's affairs. After all, there was a scandalous rumor before, so he won't bring up too much about Yang Siran, whether it's to avoid suspicion or for other reasons.
Fang Shaoyi had been away filming for over a year and hadn't come back much. Even when he did, he didn't stay here, and the grass in his yard had grown wild. He had a good reason for scheduling himself so tightly, but he didn't tell anyone what it was.
People close to him knew anyway. Once, he was even teased about it: "You just got divorced, why don't you take this opportunity to enjoy the single life? Why are you still hanging around on set?"
But Fang Shaoyi really did hang around for over a year on the set.
The villa was in the same state as when he left. No one had cleaned it in over a year, and the pool was filled with dirt. The property management only came to mow the lawn in the front yard and didn't dare touch anything else. When Fang Shaoyi left, he specifically instructed that no one needed to come and clean up here. It was fine to just leave it as it was. The house remained unchanged, just as it was when he left.
After returning, Ji Xiaotao had someone come over to thoroughly clean it, mainly just dusting. Although the house had been empty for over a year, there was still dust even though no one lived there. After the cleaning, all the bedding was replaced with new ones.
Once everything was tidied up, Fang Shaoyi took a photo and sent it to Yuan Ye, saying, "Waiting for you."
Yuan Ye replied later, "I'm not going."
Fang Shaoyi sent him a question mark.
Yuan Ye replied with a smile.
This sharp smile from Uncle Ye came unexpectedly, and Fang Shaoyi called him. Yuan Ye whispered, "I'm in a meeting, baby."
Fang Shaoyi also lowered his voice, "You dare to make a call during a meeting?"
"The director didn't notice me, he's talking to someone else," Yuan Ye's voice lowered even more, and he casually added, "I miss you."
Suddenly, Jiang Linchuan's loud voice came through the phone, "Who do you miss? Put me on speakerphone, let me hear who you miss."
Fang Shaoyi smiled and said, "You go ahead with your meeting."
Yuan Ye sighed and said, "...I'll call you after the meeting."
Three hours had passed by the time Yuan Ye finished his meeting and called Fang Shaoyi back. His voice was hoarse, "Are you asleep?"
Fang Shaoyi replied, "No, I was waiting for your call."
"My flight is the day after tomorrow," Yuan Ye laughed, "I'll be flying back then."
Fang Shaoyi also laughed, "I'll come pick you up."
"Don't come, let Xiaotao come instead. Just do whatever you need to do," said Yuan Ye. It sounded as if he had just lit a cigarette with a small flick of his lighter.
"Your throat is sore, smoke less," scolded Fang Shaoyi.
"Okay, okay," Yuan Ye laughed and agreed, "Sure thing."
For the next two days, they hardly contacted each other. On the second day, Fang Shaoyi spent the whole day styling himself, trying on different outfits until he finally settled on two. When Yuan Ye returned, Ji Xiaotao offered to pick him up, but Fang Shaoyi told him to go to the company instead and drove there himself.
The two of them were now in a state comparable to that of a passionate couple. It was as if the past ten years had never existed, and their love was just as strong as that of any young couple. Fang Shaoyi didn't dare to be too bold and get out of the car to greet Yuan Ye. Instead, he sat in the car and messaged him, telling him where to meet.
After waiting for almost an hour, Yuan Ye finally came out. He put his things in the trunk and got into the passenger seat. He smiled at Fang Shaoyi and called him "Brother Yi".
Fang Shaoyi raised his eyebrow and responded.
On the way, Yuan Ye didn't say much, so Fang Shaoyi didn't say much either otherthan asking if Yuan Ye was tired or hungry.
Yuan Ye replied, "Not hungry, but a little tired. Can I go back and take a nap?"
"Mm," Fang Shaoyi asked him, "Go home?"
Fang Shaoyi was referring to their previous home, but Yuan Ye shook his head and said, "I'll go back to my place. Do you know where it is?"
Fang Shaoyi looked at him and nodded, "I know."
Yuan Ye smiled, raised his eyebrows and asked him, "You know?"
"I know," Fang Shaoyi chuckled. "I've always known."