Duan Yihong, who plays a key role as the rebellious Heiwa, talked recently about shooting the love scenes. His performance was praised by the author of "White Deer Plain," Chen Zhongshi, who said that Duan captured Heiwa's complex nature very well.
Duan said Heiwa's machismo, lust and wild nature appealed to him.
Heiwa's rebel nature made his forbidden love with a married woman (Tian Xiaoer played by Zhang Yuqi) possible, Duan said.
He and Zhang have several love scenes, which play an important role in the story's development.
"Heiwa is not fettered. Sex offers him a breakthrough," Duan was quoted as saying.
Director Wang agreed that driven by passion, Heiwa's instinctive desire was awakened and crucial in driving the plot.