[News] Fan Bingbing and Huang Xiaoming Completes Filming “White Haired Witch”.
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After 5 grueling months of filming, White Haired Witch <白发魔女传之明月天国> has completed shooting. The 3D film stars Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) in the titular role, as well as Huang Xiaoming (黄晓明) and Vincent Zhao (赵文卓). Boasting a 100 million RMB budget, White Haired Witch will be the most special-effects laden adaptation of the popular wuxia novel, The Bride With White Hair <白发魔女传>.
At a press conference held on April 2, Fan Bingbing and Huang Xiaoming spoke about their filming experience in White Haired Witch. Bona Film Group’s president, Yu Dong (于冬), producer Huang Jianxin <黄建新>, and director Jacob Cheung (张之亮) were also present.
Fan Bingbing was happy she finally had the chance to work closely with Huang Xiaoming. Though both were in 2010′s Sacrifice < 赵氏孤儿> , they had few scenes together. Fan Bingbing gushed, “Huang Xiaoming is my ideal Zhuo Yihang. I have always loved watching wuxia shows and I liked Huang Xiaoming in The Return of the Condor Heroes <神雕侠侣>. Now that I have worked closely with him, I can declare he is my model actor. His eyes are so mesmerizing. Through his eyes, I can hear him telling me to jiayou!”
Huang Xiaoming praised Fan Bingbing’s versatility and professionalism. Xiaoming admired Bingbing’s ability to be both gentle and overbearing at the same time. Xiaoming revealed, “She had to film a scene where water was poured onto her. Although it was winter and she was wearing thin clothing, she tolerated the cold. Seeing her working so hard, I told myself I must be on par.”
Xiaoming’s Painful Injury
In November 2012, Huang Xiaoming had a 3-meter fall after a wire accident on the set of White Haired Witch. Suffering a fracture in two toes and his left foot, Xiaoming had to sit in a wheelchair for weeks.
Bingbing was heartbroken when she saw Xiaoming’s injury. She was almost moved to tears when he resumed work shortly after, although he was not fully recovered. The entire cast and crew showed their concern, especially when Xiaoming had to be suspended in mid-air in one scene. Xiaoming said, “When I saw everyone’s face from up there, including director Jacob Cheung, I could see their concerns and anxieties. I was really touched then, and I will never forget that.”
In addition, Bingbing responded to inquiries over her appearance in Chinese-American joint venture film, Iron Man 3. Portraying a nurse, Bingbing’s appearance will only be seen in the Chinese release of the film. Bingbing did not mind that her scenes will be removed from the Hollywood version, as it was beyond the control of artists how the final film version will be presented.