Li Xian (李现) became everyone’s “July Boyfriend” through his role as “Han Shangyan” (韩商言) in the highly popular series, “Go Go Squid!” (亲爱的, 热爱的) that just ended in July. Netizens started shipping Li Xian and Yang Zi (杨紫) as a CP due to the series. Li Xian’s popularity also exploded. He gained over 14 million followers on Weibo when the series started airing and it’s still growing. He has now reached 1 million followers on Instagram. When I followed him on IG, he only had 200K-300K followers. This overnight sensation is really attributed to the series. However, an entertainment blogger claims Li Xian was actually not the first choice to play “Han Shangyan”!
Many netizens felt Li Xian was really right for the role of “Han Shangyan.” The original actor had turned down the director and so the role went to Li Xian. When netizens found out, a lot of them thought it was unfortunate. This blogger claims the original actor to play “Han Shangyan” was supposed to be Yang Yang (杨洋). When the director approached Yang Yang for “Go Go Squid!”, he had already accepted to film “The King’s Avatar” (全职高手), which also talks about e-sports, so that’s why he had to turn down the role. Because of this missed opportunity, Li Xian got the role and the rest is history.
While “Go Go Squid!” was almost done airing, “The King’s Avatar” also started to air. However, the results were definitely not up to par. Everyone was too enamored with “Han Shangyan” and Li Xian already. Do you think Yang Yang could’ve produced the same results as “Han Shangyan”?