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林柏宏 Austin Lin | 落入凡間的王子 A Prince Reborn

TRANSLATION | Eugenia Yang

第五十八屆金馬獎,由演員林柏宏首挑大梁擔綱主持人,不僅身為開場短片主角,更現場演唱五月天的《知足》為金馬拉開序幕,短短三分鐘,恰好展現了他影視歌三棲的精湛實力。其靈活多變的造型也讓人離不開目光,從紅毯到典禮結束前五套服裝輪番上陣,完美駕馭華麗、莊重、性感、大器等風格,以燦笑身影體現新一代時尚寵兒的熠熠光輝,也讓人望見「林柏宏」邁進全方位藝人的無限可能。

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放膽嘗試不設限

俊朗側臉流露不經意的真率,靜若無聲的拍攝現場,如行雲流水般自然擺動身軀,交疊光影下,牽引出鏡頭底下的迷人輪廓,娓娓道出塑形林柏宏的精彩人生片段。

深植人心的暖男形象,近年逐漸受各大精品品牌青睞,曾參與不少大型典禮活動的他,對於佩戴珠寶的選擇,林柏宏表示自己不會設限風格,而是依當下所穿的服裝來搭配,小時候認為自己不適合金色,如今卻為金色系珠寶洋溢的復古感著迷,不只畫龍點睛,也能帶出別番風情;過往很難想像男性佩戴珍珠項鍊的畫面,但他認為若搭配一些富有設計感的銀鍊,同樣能賦予個人鮮明特色。現今眾多珠寶品牌相繼推出中性系列,對於中性趨勢的興起風潮,他表示「不是由珠寶來定義性別,而是佩戴者給予它們生命。」

同是一個銀戒,端看個人如何搭配,以氣質或狀態決定呈現的風格,不論是珠寶、包款甚至服裝,皆能用自己的方式詮釋。「身上的珠寶不用太複雜,有一個重點即可。」運用一個亮點貫穿整體造型,是林柏宏著重的細節與巧思。提及如何挑選適合自己的珠寶,他建議初學者可以先從項鍊和戒指著手,掌握簡單的原則,同樣也能套用在時尚風格的養成,放膽嘗試之餘,以自身舒適為優先,選擇顏色較少的單品,是個相對實際的入門守則。

當閱讀啟蒙電影

「橫跨演員、歌手、金馬獎主持人等多重身份,出道近十五年…」,聽聞至此,林柏宏不禁倒抽一口氣,似是感嘆韶光飛逝,也笑著與我們回溯 2007 年的第二屆《超級星光大道》,憑著一時興起、想練習唱歌的玩心,從百人海選一路過關斬將進入電視台錄影,對當時的林柏宏來說,過程就像是一場星光夏令營,任誰也沒想到,這位熱愛唱歌的理科男孩,兩年後竟走入大螢幕,以電影《帶我去遠方》許亦賢一角,開啟了名為「演員」的人生旅程。

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「在拍《帶我去遠方》之前,我是一個不太閱讀的人,對未來不知道自己要做什麼,沒有任何對生命的企圖心,也從來不看文藝片,可是那個角色就是這樣,很喜歡讀書、看電影。」過往總認為讀書便是讀教科書,對閱讀一點興趣都沒有的他,在一年的前置期裡,看了導演所推薦的書籍與電影清單,才驚覺自己的目光狹隘,也從過程中發覺原來電影跟閱讀也可以這麼有趣,「有時候我們從電影裡閱讀到的很多情感,或是很多跟我們生命經歷有共鳴的事件,那些原來也可以用很真實的方式呈現在電影中,那些角色也真實地去經歷,我才覺得原來這是演員跟電影的魅力。」殺青之後,當想像中的文字成為既定畫面,才察覺自己對這個劇本、角色、故事儼然少了更多的異想空間,感傷之餘,卻也觸發了他想持續演戲的篤定之心。

似水般細膩詮釋

人生的第一場戲,肯定是每個演員皆難以忘懷的場景。那場從一大早醞釀到中午、從緊張轉為無感的哭戲,聽了導演傅天余的話語後,才順利讓淚水奔騰,著實使林柏宏印象非常深刻。非戲劇科班出身,除了自身摸索、上表演課、與導演討論之餘,大多時候他面臨的是自我懷疑,「在演出的當下都是有信心的,演完過後又要開始質疑自己,不斷地在挑戰,也不斷地在質疑,這是一個學習表演的過程,我相信很多事情的學習也都是如此。」如今若再次出演那場哭戲,他會告訴自己把腦袋、身體放空,讓情緒進入身體,全然感受當下的每分每刻。

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《六弄咖啡館》蕭柏智的鬼靈精怪、《怪胎》陳柏青的極致強迫症、《青春弒戀》郭明亮的偏執孤獨,以及《火神的眼淚》張志遠內心的壓抑折騰,個個迥然不同卻鮮明的角色器皿,傾入林柏宏似水般的細膩詮釋,溫潤清淡中自帶韻味,使人記憶猶新。若從四個角色中挑選最想擁有的特質,他說看似缺點的特質其實也是優點,如蕭柏智是義氣行動派,恰好與理性的他相反;陳柏青的單純執著,昇華了愛情的澄淨;羨慕張志遠的鋼琴巧手與藝術才華;提起讓人心疼的郭明亮,他則希望明亮可以透過真情實感去認識一個人,建立自然的友誼關係,或許他便能慢慢走出內心的黑暗面。回顧林柏宏的演藝生涯,近幾年以演員身份再次拿起麥克風,他笑答目前對唱歌還是抱有很大熱忱,當新鮮感猶存,便會嘗試尋找更多有趣的方式呈現。「跟青虫樂團的合作是一見鐘情」原本是 MV 男主角的林柏宏,因欣賞創作理念便毛遂自薦加入合唱;而去年的金馬獎現場演出,他說是種巧合,也覺得自己非常幸運,「身為演員,可以為電影多做一點點事,讓大眾更理解電影、讓觀眾更好奇金馬獎,覺得榮幸也非常感動。」

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卸下世俗期待

當導演喊卡,卸下演員身份的林柏宏,真實個性中也擁有如水般的特性。在面對不同場合時,他會先觀察當下氣氛,再選擇話語多寡維持現場平衡。若將場景換至家中,讓人不禁好奇父母眼中的林柏宏會是什麼模樣,他笑著說是個很做自己的兒子,從小自律的性格,讓他對任何事情考慮得十分周全,讓父母安心,便給予了他更多的選擇自由,對此也很感謝他們的信任。出身師範大學,擁有比常人多一些的教育學識,而隨著歲數逐漸增長,使林柏宏對於與父母的相處也有了新的感悟,「現在回頭看會覺得,我們不用把父母當成天,不是說不要尊重他們,而是不要認為父母怎麼樣都是對的,同時也要理解他們可能會犯錯,他們也在學習的路上,父母跟小孩是同時並行在學習親子關係。」

很多時候他會刻意用朋友的方式跟父母互動,盡量減少他們的壓力,也認為沒有任何父母要去承受完美框架的包袱,「小時候會覺得你們要放下對小孩的期待,我覺得長大了也會反觀。」輕柔話語中,林柏宏的體貼細膩表露無遺。憶起學生時代,他對自己的評價是「活躍中守規矩」,國中認真讀書的模樣,體現了林柏宏早期的「事業心」,直至高中開始做自己,進入師範大學就讀化學系,一路上也間接建構了理性主義的思緒方式,「讀化學的確會為思考模式帶來很大的改變。」,如今套用於工作,他大多會以條列式或圖表來思考溝通,「我覺得一段複雜的文字,如果化作圖表會比較單純。」贊同之餘,他也透露並不是每個人都這樣認為,話語一出,在場的人都笑了。

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理性中自帶感性

從三歲開始自言自語,直到國中才發覺原來自己是「聽覺型」的人,藉由講話的方式盤整邏輯,與自我對話也與他人溝通。看似理性,卻能從中梳理情緒,跳脫感性帶來的過多詮釋,進而釐清自我與他人的真實想法。以演員來說,相對理性的特質,有時卻也是個劣勢,「一開始會用蠻科學的方式,從每場戲找出性格的蛛絲馬跡,也會多少加入自己對這個角色的看法,或是這個角色會去做的事情,我也會去經歷。」比如拍攝《火神的眼淚》前,要上消防專業課程,而真正在表演的時候,這些理性的分析其實是不復存在的。

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「很多時候我們生命都會遇到一些徬徨跟猶豫,但我並沒有一個時刻覺得人生真的是太苦了,我比較少這樣去看待自己的生活。」人生在世,誰無挫折,但林柏宏並不會用低潮狀態來形容自己,很多人會認為演員沒有工作就是一種低潮,於他而言,這反而是種能好好過生活的可貴,「演員很特別,要把生活過好,在演戲的時候才會有更多的感受跟靈感,一定要好好的過生活,才可以好好的演戲。」常言戲如人生,至今演繹過近五十個角色的林柏宏,對於人生的看法,正恰好吻合粉絲予他「水系男孩」的稱號,「生命都會有一個流動,不論是高低潮、挫折、成功、轉變,我覺得就像是一條河流,最好的方法是當水來了,你就讓它流動,而不是把水阻斷,給它新的路。」看似佛系的順流思想,並非消極避世,而是開悟後的明瞭事理,對萬物不執著、保持淡然,是一種積極的處世智慧。面對無可預知的未來,難免躊躇徬徨,如今卻能夠透過林柏宏的溫潤言語,理性中自帶感性,一股靜心暖意汩汩流過心頭。

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At the 58th Golden Horse Awards, Austin Lin took the lead as the host, starred in the opening film and did a live performance of Mayday’s “Contentment.” In just three minutes, he demonstrated his superb ability in all fields—film, television and music. Throughout the ceremony, his five different outfits perfectly mastered an array of versatile styles—luxurious, formal, seductive, generous and more. Always holding a brilliant smile, Austin had gradually become the new generation’s fashion darling, a declaration of his infinite potential in becoming a well-rounded artist.

Without Setting Limits

As his handsome side profile reveals a careless authenticity, his body dances around the studio with a natural flow. Under the lights and shadows, the camera captures his charming silhouette—the wonderful moments in Austin Lin’s life begin to unfold.

Widely known for his warm personality, Austin had gradually become a common guest at fashion events and ceremonies. When it comes to choosing jewelry, he doesn’t limit himself to a specific style, but makes his decision according to his outfit. When Austin was little, he didn’t think gold was a suitable color for him. Now, he finds the old-fashioned gold jewelry extremely charming. In the past, it’s hard to imagine men wearing pearl necklaces. But to him, he believes that by pairing pearls with specially-designed silver chains, the combination can highlight one’s distinctive personality. Seeing the rise of the unisex jewelry trend, Austin thinks it’s not the jewelry that defines gender, it’s the wearer who gives them life. The same silver ring, handbag or outfit can be expressed in infinite ways because it all depends on the wearer’s personality and mood. “The jewelry we wear does not have to be complex. All we need is a focus.” Focusing on one emphasized accessory or piece is Austin’s go-to way of choosing his outfits. When it comes to finding the right jewelry, he recommends beginners to start from necklaces and rings. Maintaining a simple principle is also essential to finding our own style. Before trying anything bold, he thinks it’s important to prioritize personal comfort. Always go for monochromatic jewelry pieces; it can never go wrong.

When Literature Meets Film

“From being an actor, singer, to the Golden Horse Awards host, it has been 15 years since you’ve made your debut…” Hearing this, Austin could not help but take in a deep breath. Surprised by how much time has passed, he happily shares with us his memories of participating in the second season of One Million Star. At first, Austin simply wanted to practice his vocals. To him, the whole process of going through auditions alongside hundreds of contestants and being on TV for the actual competition felt like attending summer camp. It was safe to say that no one imagined the young engineer who loves to sing would star in the movie “Somewhere I Have Never Traveled” two years later, with his character Ah-Hsian marking the start of his long-running acting career.

“Before shooting ‘Somewhere I Have Never Traveled,’ I was not much of a reader. I didn’t know what I wanted and I had no expectations or plans for the future. But my character is someone who appreciates literature and films.” As someone who used to believe reading is for academics only, Austin finished all the books and films recommended by the director during the film’s one year preparation. He suddenly realized how narrow minded he was and finally understood the appeal of literature and film. “It is amazing that our real-life emotions and experiences can be found in films and expressed authentically by the characters. I think that is the charm of actors and films.” After shooting, Austin realized that there was so much more exploring he could’ve done in terms of the script, the character and the story behind it. Although there was a sense of regret, it inspired his determination to keep acting.

A Water-Like Delicacy

The very first acting experience is definitely one that no actor will forget. For Austin, it was a crying scene that took him all day to prepare. It wasn’t until he listened to Director Tien-Yu Fu’s advice that the tears started to run. Back then, without any background in theater, he realized besides self-exploration, acting classes and discussions with directors, a lot of times he was facing self-doubt. “While performing, we always feel confident, but after the performance, we start to question ourselves. It is a process of continuous challenges, reflection and learning, which can be applied to many different things.” If he had the chance to perform that crying scene again, Austin says he will tell himself to clear his mind, relax the body and be fully immersed in the moment and the emotions that follow.

From Bo Zhi Hsiao’s mischievous in “At Café 6,” Po Ching Chen’s extreme OCD in “I WeirDo,” Ming Liang Kuo’s loneliness in “Terrorizers,” to Zhi Yuan Zhang’s self-torturing in “Tears On Fire,” each distinctive character is expressed through Austin’s delicate acting that is smooth like water, making his performances charming but full of warmth. When asked to choose the most ideal trait from the four characters mentioned above, he says that all the seemingly deficient traits can become an advantage. For instance, Bo Zhi’s strong sense of righteousness is opposite from his rationality, while Po Ching’s naivete actually highlights the purity of love. He also admires Zhi Yuan’s exceptional piano skills and hopes Ming Liang can learn to meet friends through proper and natural ways so that he can step out of his inner darkness. Looking back at Austin’s acting career and how he picked up the microphone again as an actor, he says he’s still very enthusiastic about singing. As long as the novelty remains, he tries to look for more interesting modes of performance. “The collaboration with aoi was love at first sight.” Originally the lead actor of the music video, Austin volunteered to join the song because he really admired the concept behind it. As for last year’s live performance at the Golden Horse Awards, he says it was a coincidence, one that he finds himself very lucky to have encountered. “As an actor, it is an honor to be able to do more for the film industry, allow the public to truly understand these movies and keep their curiosity towards the Golden Horse Awards going.”

Stripped of Expectations

Stepping away from being an actor and returning to the real world, Austin’s personality is somewhat like water. In the face of different occasions, he will first observe the atmosphere of the moment to balance how much he should say. Switching the scene to his home, we can’t help but wonder what is he like in a family setting? Austin smiles and answers he is a son who is very much himself. As a self-disciplined kid, he always thinks everything through before making any decisions, which is why his parents trust him with the freedom to choose what he wants. Since he graduated from National Taiwan Normal University, he acquired relatively more academic knowledge compared to others. As Austin is gradually maturing, he begins to have a new sense of how he should interact with his parents. “Looking back, we shouldn’t have treated our parents like saints. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t respect them, but we should understand that parents make mistakes too because they are also learning. Parents and their children are both learning how to maintain a healthy familial relationship.” Oftentimes, Austin intentionally treats his parents like friends to try to lessen the pressure. He doesn’t want his parents to have to bear the burden of being perfect. “When we’re young, we always wish our parents would let go of their expectations. As we grow up, we realize it goes both ways.”

Reflecting on his student days, Austin describes himself as “active and disciplined.” His hardworking personality in middle school basically predicted his early career mindset. It wasn’t until he decided to apply for National Taiwan Normal University and entered the chemistry department had he started to gain a rationalist way of thinking. “Studying chemistry significantly changed my mindset.” Now applying the same thinking to his career, Austin thinks and communicates through columns and diagrams. “I think a block of complicated text can be simplified if we turn it into a chart.”

With Sensibility and Rationality

Since a toddler, Austin has had the habit of talking to himself. It wasn’t until middle school that he realized he is an auditory person who communicates with others and consolidates logic through speech. By taking away the extra-emotional expressions, he clarifies his mind and arrives at the most authentic thoughts. Austin sometimes finds his rational personality at a disadvantage while acting. “In the beginning, I tend to use a more scientific approach to process my characters. I’d also add in my own opinions and try to imagine what my characters would do.” For example, when he was preparing for “Tears On Fire,” he was required to conduct a series of firefighting training. However, later on during his performances, he realized his rational analysis had already become a part of him that didn’t require any excess processing.

“It is unavoidable that we encounter uncertainty and hesitation in life, but I wouldn’t say there is a moment in life where I’d find it to be too hard. I try not to look at it that way.” When it comes to life, who doesn’t meet setbacks? But for Austin, he tends not to describe it as being in a low state. Perhaps a lot of people would think that actors find it frustrating when there is a lack of job opportunities. In truth, he finds it to be a rare chance to properly live his life. “Actors are special because they have to maintain a good living quality to be able to feel the emotions and inspirations during their performances. You have to know how to live life to deliver a proper performance.” Some say life is like a play. As someone who has played almost 50 different characters, Austin has a view on life that matches the title given by his fans—”the boy who is like water.” “Life has a flow. From the peaks and valleys, frustrations, successes to changes, everything is like a river. When the water comes, rather than blocking it or diverging it, the best way is to let it flow.” This seemingly Buddhist mindset is not an avoidance of troubles, but an enlightened understanding of the world. His ability to remain calm without clinging onto things is an exceptional demonstration of wisdom. In the face of our uncertain future, we can’t help but feel hesitant and anxious. However, through the gentle words of Austin Lin that are sensible but rational, a silent warmth gradually fills the heart and the mind.

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