'The Sound of Magic' Ji Chang-wook playing magician Lee Eul says "Magic is my lost innoncence"

연합뉴스 / 2022-05-10 11:37:36
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▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows actor Ji Chang-wook. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



SEOUL, May 10 (Yonhap) – A magician who is getting back the dream for people who are overwhelmed with reality, and an unidentified man who lives in an abandoned amusement park with his wounds from the past.

Ji Chang-wook(35), who plays a magician Lee Eul in Netflix’s original series “The Sound of Magic,” held an online interview with Yonhap News Agency on Monday.

The actor, who said he didn’t try to act out the mysterious mood of Lee Eul, mentioned, “I tried my best to be honest in order to express the emotions that I feel at the moment for every scene.”

We approached the exciting scene with excitement and the sad scene with real sadness. I acted while believing that I could find the mystery and innocence of this person when all of these things were piled up.”

▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows “The Sound of Magic."(PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

“The Sound of Magic,” based on the popular namesake webtoon, depicts the story after a magician Lee Eul appears in front of a girl named Yoon Ah-yi(Choi Sung-eun), who lost her dream, and a boy named Na Il-deung(Hwang in-youp), who is forced to dream. It has received favorable reviews as it shows off the fresh genre of music drama by inserting singing scenes of the characters when it was reborn as Netflix’s original series.

Ji said, “I cried a lot when seeing the child in the script. I felt bad for Il-deung as well. I thought that the story of the child and Il-deung could also be my story, not someone else’s story, and I believe that these feelings led me to choose the work.”

Moreover, he thanked the art team and the prop team as he mentioned that although the series is of unrealistic fantasy genre, the filming site, including Yongma Land as the setting, inspired him in terms of acting.

Ji said, "Yongma Land has a perfect appearance for the abandoned amusement park that I thought of, so I was able to imagine Lee Eul in the setting. The filming site looked creepy and dreamy, so it was unbelievably good.”


▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows actor Ji Chang-wook. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Furthermore, the actor said that he received a lot of help from the parrot “Beauty,” who was with him the whole time in the amusement park, saying, “I could feel the warmth since there was Beauty in a grotesque space. However, I didn't know that parrots were such sensitive animals, but I worked with it while worrying if it would bite me or hate me.”.

As it depicts the story of searching for "the lost innocence," Ji said he has been touched and overwhelmed several times while acting.

“I think magic is a medium that symbolizes the lost innocence of childhood and the groundless dreams we dreamed of as a child. It was the series where I was able to recall the innocence of playing all night with my friends with just 1,000 won. In this sense, when the child asked at the end, ‘Do you believe in magic?’ I think there was a rush of unknown emotions."


▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows actor Ji Chang-wook. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

When asked if he actually believes in magic, he said while laughing, "I think there is a point of believing in magic to some extent because of the joy, imagination, and fresh shock, rather than the phenomenon itself.”

"Well, the thing that I wish to come true like magic? I hope people can feel each other’s sincerity even more as we live our lives.”

(This article is translated from Korean to English by Kim Sun Min.)



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