'The Roundup' Ma Dong-seok “first part is character and second part is about universe”

연합뉴스 / 2022-05-13 17:00:56
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▲ This photo provided by ABO Entertainment shows actor Ma Dong-seok. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


SEOUL, May 13 (Yonhap) — “‘The Roundup’ is a work I love so much that I kept the series in mind from the beginning. I showed the viewers the characters in the first movie, and in the series that followed, I thought I would build a larger scale and a larger worldview. The focus was on showing Ma Seok-do's performance overseas."

Ma Dong-seok said that the universe of the series "The Roundup" will begin in earnest from the second movie. The hero Ma Seok-do (played by Ma Dong-seok) in the first film and the detectives of the Geumcheon Police Station's crime squad, and Jang Yi-soo (Park Ji-hwan) appear as the same characters in the second work. In other words, they will continue to show their performance by changing villains in the series, which is said to have been planned in eight episodes.

Ma Dong-seok, who is busy filming the sequel even before releasing the movie "The Roundup," which he planned and starred in, met with the media in writing on the 13th.

Ma has been acting based on his boxing skills for decades. In preparation for this work, he developed judo and self-defense skills. He said, "I think the biggest point of the movie’s action is good, punishment, and retaliation, so I tried to take advantage of the real pleasure of the action to control it all at once."

Ma Dong-seok will face off once in Vietnam and once in Korea with his new villain Kang Hae-sang (Son Seok-koo). Son and Ma tried to emphasize each other’s characters.

Regarding Son, Ma said, "I tried to sublimate the chemistry created together in the field into an action," adding, "He shows a tremendous action as he makes good use of the real action with a rough feeling. I think you can look forward to the birth of another action actor."

Their teamwork with existing members such as strong team leader Jeon Il-man (Choi Gwi-hwa) and Jang Yi-soo has improved. The fun of the series is that the humor exchanged between villains and colleagues with axes is repeated alternately throughout.

"Even though it's been a while since we've been reunited, it was easy to act together because they were friends who could work just by looking at each other's eyes. Since they are veteran actors who control their strengths and weakness skillfully, I was able to trust their acting and immerse myself in the character. Not a single person had a problem in their acting."

The first movie, which was released in 2017, attracted 6.88 million viewers in Korea. The box office performance of the second film, which will be released on the 18th, could be a measure of the recovery of Korean films.

Ma said, "I want to give you a movie that can enjoy the pleasure of action and relieve stress." Ma joined the Marvel Hero Corps with "Eternals" last year and is also preparing works such as "Holy Night: Demon Hunters" and "The Wilderness."



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