《緝魂》系列報導 專訪張震 / A dive into ‘The Soul’ with Chang Chen
When a movie carries a strong momentum, people will inevitably examine or criticise in every detail. Every action of the character and even a line can easily become the focus of discussion.
Two years later, Chang Chen finally returned to us with his new film 'The Soul'. In this film, Chang Chen's role is Liang Wen-Chao, a cancer patient at the terminal stage. Hence, drastically change his body shape becomes a major challenge for this experienced actor.
Liang Wen-Chao, a Virgo born on September 18, 2000, and 'Justice' are Virgo qualities. Not only that, but this role is also a prosector, therefore, 'Sense of Justice' has amplified to this special man. Chang Chen said: "For me, the prosecutor is the incarnation of justice, and I have always had a sense of justice in my heart. And this role is a cancer patient at the terminal stage, so for presenting the process of getting ill is a big challenge for me."
"If you want to do a great job, you must put more effort into it."-Chang Chen
Chang Chen, who debuted at the age of 14, has performed countless works. His natural acting skills and charm have allowed him to accurately the director Cheng Wei-Hao's image of the role in 'The Soul'. This award-winning actor spent three months losing 12 kilograms due to his role has to look significantly illness. This extreme physical change caused Chang Chen's immunity system to decrease badly and caused his emotional irritability psychologically. But Chang Chen said: "If you want to do a great job, you must put more effort into it."
Before shooting 'The Soul', Chang Chen not just put effort into his physical status but mentally act like Liang Wen-Chao is the most important thing. "I used many different ways to look at this character. I also had a lot of discussions with the director before filming. For example, after all, it is a crime and suspense film, so the psychological state of the character will cause his judgment method to produce significant influences."
"I am not a person who likes to talk big but do nothing"-Chang Chen
For Chang Chen, communication is important, but it has to present in front of the camera afterwards. "I am not a person who likes to talk big but do nothing. I will show you how I do it for the first time and let the director decide whether he wants it."
Chang Chen created different faces for his role, and the prosecutor eventually is a man with a warm heart. He mentioned "This a surprise I gave to the director because his personality is even more affable. Besides, the first day of shooting was to take the first scene. Hence, we have no chance to pull out at this time, so it was a fun start for me. When I am doing this job, whether for the director, the actors, or the staff, I think it will be more enjoyable if there are more unpredictable things. Like the feeling of stepping on the edge. I quite enjoy this feeling."
"Because of Director Cheng Wei-Hao, I accepted to do this film." -Chang Chen
Compared with Chang Chen's role in the past, the role in 'The Soul' not only has to perform the morbidity of the terminal cancer patient but needs to change his physical condition in a short period. It is a big challenge for Chang Chen to address this character. However, why he still took this job? "One of the reasons I took this film is because of the director Cheng Wei-Hao. His work has a unique film language and style." And through Taiwanese films are coming back, we ask Chang Chen if he would worry about being compared with other actors. He said: "I am the kind that only compared with myself because the job of being an actor, for me, is to satisfy myself."
"You can feel the happiness by just spending 10 minutes in the sun"-Chang Chen
With the film's release, busy publicity work immediately follows, how can he balance work and life? Chang Chen said, "It is quite simple. I have a job to do. I only need to work it out and finish it. But if I want to take a rest or experience my own time, then I just spent 10 minutes in the sun, and I also can feel the happiness of my."