'The Roundup' Son Suk-ku “not pressured being compared to Yoon Kye-sang”

연합뉴스 / 2022-05-18 17:01:22
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▲ This photo, provided by ABO Entertainment, shows Son Suk-ku in "The Roundup." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

▲ This photo, provided by ABO Entertainment, shows Son Suk-ku. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

▲ This photo, provided by ABO Entertainment, shows Son Suk-ku in "The Roundup." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

SEOUL, May 18 (Yonhap) -- “Kang Hae-sang is a character filled with anger. I tried to recall those days when I was full of energy and anger.”

Kang Hae-sang, the new villain of “The Roundup,” is a character who leads a small organization in Vietnam and makes a living by kidnapping Korean tourists or businessmen. He is a ruthless character who doesn’t mind brutal crimes for money.

Son Suk-ku, who acts as Kang Hae-sang, stayed overseas for filming even on the 18th, the date of the new movie’s release. Son, who appeared online, said, “I thought the movie should be fun to watch since it isn’t complicated but satisfying,” adding, “I gained weight and tanned for almost a year. I even created the costume and wore it.”

Unlike the previous movie’s villain Jang Chen, Kang is a silent character. The new villain only has a few lines despite being a lead role along with Detective Ma Seok-do (Ma Dong-seok). The low chanting voice adds brutality to the ax action scene.

Son explained that Kang’s role was to help the audience get immersed in the film and maximize their excitement. “I tried to make the audience think they wanted to catch Kang, even if they were safe behind Ma’s back. I stayed devoted to the character so the audience could be possessed by Ma.”

Kang Hae-sang is compared in many ways to the villain Jang Chen in the previous film. Son, who plays Kang, cannot escape the comparison between Jang played by fellow actor Yoon Kye-sang. Son said, “I heard that I should do better than Jang but I didn’t feel pressured,” adding, “Rather than trying to be different from Jang, I only focused on creating the Kang in the scenario. If I tried to differentiate the character, it would only be a Jang Chen version of Kang Hae-sang.”

Son said he used to be a fan of “The Outlaws” even before the casting and that he watched the first film multiple times during filming. Son explained, “The charm of ‘The Outlaws’ is that there is no middle ground whether it is scary or funny,” adding, “The second film is also like a 100-meter sprint," he said.

The melodrama “My Liberation Notes” which stars Son, is being broadcasted even after the release of “The Roundup.” Son mentioned, “Although it wasn’t intended, I’m satisfied because there is a fun point watching the two different characters on screen.”

Regarding what Ma said, “If Jang Chen is a tiger, Kang Hae-sang is a lion,” Son added, “I think that means that there are different fun elements from one another since movies aren’t sports.” The actor also compared Ma to a hippo and a fox. "Isn't the strongest animal a hippo? The brilliant mind could also be like a fox.”

(This article is translated from Korean to English by An Hayeon.)



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