Following a four-month long reality-show/audition-contest/spectacle-of-unemployed-actors, the producers of Transformers 4 have chosen four Chinese actors for roles in their upcoming film. What kind of undiscovered talent was revealed by the program? A graduate from the Beijing Central Academy of Drama, a supermodel, and two reasonably successful Taiwanese actors. It’s less “rags to riches” and more “riches to crazy amounts of riches.”
From the sounds of things, these actors probably would have done just fine in a typical audition. GB Times reports:
Byron Li, Austin Lin, Candice Zhao, Teresa Daley eventually won the much-coveted movie parts Sunday night on the “‘Transformers 4 Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show,” launched by Paramount Pictures in cooperation with Jiaflix and the China Movie Channel in April. The contest was open to both professional and amateur actors, attracting more than 70,000 contestants.
Byron, who hails from the Chinese mainland, is a young actor and model who has graduated from the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. He won the role of Kung Fu fighter; Candice, a model who won the 35th Miss Bikini International Pageant China, got the role of sexy goddess; Austin, from Taiwan, who has a professional background in Taiwanese TV shows and films like “Somewhere I Have Never Travelled,” got the role of computer geek; and Teresa, who has appeared in several Taiwan TV shows and movies such as “Winds of September,” won the role of cute Loli.
The other 69,996 contestants were, presumably, not already models and/or accomplished actors. The four actors will join a cast alongside Chinese actress Li Bingbing and pop star Han Geng.
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