'The Bad Guys' ready to steal the hearts of Chinese audiences
With the annual Labor Day holiday around the corner, The Bad Guys — produced by DreamWorks and distributed by Universal Pictures — will open across the Chinese mainland on April 29, the only such Hollywood blockbuster premiering during the five-day vacation.
On Tuesday, the film held a virtual premiere on multiple platforms, featuring actor Qin Hao and actress Ji Jiahe, known better by her stage name Chuinalisha, who voice a wolf and shark in the Mandarin-dubbed version tailored for domestic audiences.
Set in a city where humans and anthropomorphic animals coexist, the titular characters are a gang of notorious criminal animals who pretend to become model citizens after being caught during a heist.
The film marks the first time the two Chinese stars have lent their voices to an animated feature.
Recalling he had spent around 10 hours in the recording room to voice the cool-headed wolf, Qin said he regarded it as an interesting job and expressed hopes it could be a gift to his 8-year-old daughter.
Known for some villain roles such as a murderer in the popular Chinese online series The Bad Kids, Qin teasingly said that he was attracted to the "villainous personality" of the wolf while accepting the role.
"But the role's change to a good and decent citizen is the most charming part of the movie, which will resonate with most of us and remind us of the goodness inside our hearts. That makes this story a good lesson to both adults and children," Qin added.