Li Xuejian wrote in Guangming Daily: Acting is a glorious profession

2021-09-15: [Original Article Link].

After the founding of New China, acting has become an increasingly glorious profession. The actor with both ability and political integrity is the People's Artist and the "Engineer of the human soul". This role positioning is the greatest recognition and encouragement to actors. The Communist Party of China was founded one hundred years ago, the founding of New China for more than 70 years, and the reform and opening up for more than 40 years. The country has undergone earth-shaking changes and has made great achievements that have attracted worldwide attention and demonstrated the strength of the Chinese spirit. Li Dazhao once said: "The road of history is not all flat, and sometimes it goes to the realm of difficulties and obstacles. This can only be rushed through with a vigorous spirit." Jiao Yulu is supported by this spiritual strength, and countless other heroes are also supported by this spirit. Without spiritual food and spiritual support, it is difficult to solve the difficulties in front of us. A very important reason for China's rapid development in the past few decades is that there is a kind of unity, peace-loving, hardworking and courageous with patriotism as the core, the great national spirit of self-improvement is supporting us. After the founding of New China, acting has become an increasingly glorious profession. The actor with both ability and political integrity is the People's Artist and the "Engineer of the human soul". This role positioning is the greatest recognition and encouragement to actors. The Communist Party of China was founded one hundred years ago, the founding of New China for more than 70 years, and the reform and opening up for more than 40 years. The country has undergone earth-shaking changes and has made great achievements that have attracted worldwide attention and demonstrated the strength of the Chinese spirit. Li Dazhao once said: "The road of history is not all flat, and sometimes it goes to the realm of difficulties and obstacles. This can only be rushed through with a vigorous spirit." Jiao Yulu is supported by this spiritual strength, and countless other heroes are also supported by this spirit. Without spiritual food and spiritual support, it is difficult to solve the difficulties in front of us. A very important reason for China's rapid development in the past few decades is that there is a kind of unity, peace-loving, hardworking and courageous with patriotism as the core, the great national spirit of self-improvement is supporting us. This kind of spirit is that during the Anti-Japanese War, Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang had a clear ambition and demonstrated the national spirit; This spirit was during the War to resist US aggression and Aid Korea, the master of Henan opera, Chang Xiangyu, a master of Henan opera, raised donations for the front line. These senior performing artists are worthy of being the Pioneers leading the trend of the times, and they have demonstrated for us in both virtue and art. To contribute to the people's spiritual food, the actors are duty-bound; To contribute spiritual strength to the nation, our actors have a lot to do. Today, while the literary and artistic undertakings are booming, there are also some chaos. Some actors suddenly gained fame, began to float, expand themselves, and dare to do anything; Some social environments also provide them with expanded soil; There are also some works, the audience scolded while watching, the creator is also making money while being scolded. Such works have economic benefits, but what are the social benefits? Literary and art workers should be dedicated to the people. Dedication of spiritual food is part of the construction of spiritual civilization. As actors, we must have a sense of responsibility and honor. On the one hand, the profession of actor, like other professions, also shoulders the glorious mission of building the country and serving the people; On the other hand, the influence of the profession of actor is slightly special, actors have a "halo", and every move has a greater impact on society. In this regard, we must treat it correctly-first, we must have self-knowledge, second, we must grasp the discretion, and third, we must have a pure heart. Over the past 40 years of reform and opening up, under the leadership of the party, the Chinese people have created a world miracle of the development of material civilization and have also reaped fruitful results in the development of spiritual civilization. After more than 40 years of actor career, I know very well that film and television works are the crystallization of collective labor, and actors are famous because they show their faces. The audience praised the actors because they pinned the emotions of the characters in the play on the actors. Actors should use their roles to make friends with the audience, instead of making "fans" by shout ". The word "actor" is heavy, because there are honors earned by predecessors, responsibilities given by The Times, and ardent expectations of the people. We should turn honor, responsibility, and expectation into a continuous upward driving force, better create, and add luster to the word "actor.

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