When Bu Bu Jing Xin’s <步步惊心> fourteenth prince, Lin Gengxin (林更新) told the media that he did not receive the storyboards nor the scripts for the sequel, the disagreement between Gengxin and his management company, the Chinese Entertainment Shanghai, escalated to new heights. A private Weibo message from the company’s President, Cai Yinong (蔡艺侬), accusing Lin Gengxin of lying has now been revealed.
A weibo user, who claimed to be a friend of a director from Hunan Satellite TV, posted a screenshot of Cai Yinong’s private weibo message. In the message, Cai Yinong said, “How can a person lie so blatantly? I met up with Lin over coffee in October. I invited him to act in Bu Bu Jing Xin 2. He said he is not very interested and later even brought up that he wanted to terminate the contract. At the end of October, he came to our company to discuss about his contract termination. I asked him to help me think of an explanation to the team. He told me he will film in the sequel in exchange for the termination! What he told me and what he subsequently told the media are so different. Do I need to stand out to clarify? I have been so tolerant. If you’re going to continue doing so many evil deeds, you’re not going to end up well!”
Lin Gengxin was a literal unknown until production company, Chinese Entertainment Shanghai cast him as the carefree and gentle fourteenth prince, Yinti, in the epic drama, Bu Bu Jing Xin, based on Chinese author, Tong Hua’s (桐华) novel of the same name. Playing the role of the Manchu prince propelled the then 23-years old Gengxin into an instant star, even helping him bag a Sohu drama festival award.
While he was paid 8,000 RMB per episode then, he now has the ability to demand a remuneration that is 18 times more! Getting a salary of 150 thousand RMB per episode, Gengxin is no longer a little known actor of the past.
At the beginning of the year, when Chinese Entertainment Shanghai held its annual meeting, Gengxin was already noticeably missing despite being one of its rising stars. It has been an open secret that Gengxin has been unhappy with the company for a while. It all began early last year when the Chinese media reported that Gengxin was indignant that the company was paying more attention to promote fellow colleague, Cecilia Liu (劉詩詩), keeping all the meaty roles for her. There were also rumors going around that Gengxin has been in talks with rival companies.
However, each time when the topic of the conflict was brought up, Gengxin always evaded it with the famous retort, “Aren’t I working in the company now?”
Chinese Entertainment Shanghai’s Response to the Rumors
When the Chinese media contacted Chinese Entertainent Shanghai regarding Gengxin’s intention to terminate his contract, Vice President, Teng Jingshu (藤井树) claimed he did not see the reports. Hinting that the source is unreliable, he stressed, “Lin Gengxin’s contract will only end in 2020.”
Regarding the report that Gengxin did not receive the scripts yet, Teng Jingshu explained, “We have not yet confirmed the list of the actors for the sequel so we have not made it known to the public. By the time we confirm it, it should be the end of the year.”
This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.