Zo In-sung, "what burdened me was wanting to be good...want to act freely"

연합뉴스 / 2021-07-27 17:07:24
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▲ This photo, provided by the film's distribution company Lotte Entertainment, shows Zo In-sung from the movie. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



▲ This photo, provided by the film's distribution company Lotte Entertainment, shows a scene of "Mogadishu". (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This photo, provided by the actor's management agency IOK company, shows Zo In-sung. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



SEOUL, July 27 (Yonhap) -- Kang Dae-jin, demoted from the National Intelligence Service's (NIS) to the counselor of Somali embassy of South Korea, does not feel discomfort towards his boss, Ambassador Han Shin-seong, sometimes showing respect and sometimes speaking in informal languages. To this character, secretary Gong Su-cheol who is older but in lower position, is a piece of cake.

He uses crude Konglish to spill out the words in him but when it gets too much for him, he starts yelling in Korean. Though he cannot control his temper, in the end he gets what he wants.

He cunningly responds to North Korea’s cheeky tactics and does not lose to the highly trained North Korean counselor’s physical attacks.

Counselor Kang Dae-jin’s actor Zo In-sung laughed over his first work in his 40s, “Mogadishu” saying, “the movie features my actual self”, and “I would be grateful if you give me positive comments for what I may have done well.”

“I felt quite free thinking to act in any means and methods in order to achieve my purpose”, and “Colliding with different characters Kang Dae-jin forgets shame, yells at or persuades others. I focused on the novelty from those various responses”, said the actor on an online interview on the 27th, a day before the film’s release.

Including Kim Yoon-seok and Heo Joon-ho, who took part as the South and North Korean head embassies, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim So-jin, Jung Man-sik, Kim Jae-hwa, and Park Kyung-hye each took the roles of the staff and family members of the two countries’ embassies.

"It is true that there always has been pressure for taking over the main role. Though this time, I could take part in the shooting with a light heart, thinking that if Kim Yoon-seok and Heo Joon-ho become the main center and the others move in accordance with their respective rules, the film would be richer in more various aspects", said Zo In-sung.

While Kim Yoon-seok and Heo Joon-ho at least fought in polite words, Zo In-seong and Koo Kyo-hwan, both patriots and hot-blooded counselors, fought in both implicit and explicit ways.

About actor Koo Kyo-hwan who acted as the North Korean counselor, "Although we took the characters in the opposite sides, they both each symbolized their countries making them look somewhat similar and giving them an impression of décalcomanie. We tried not hurt each other, though I had more action experiences (than Koo Kyo-hwan) so knew how to make a more dynamic effect with even with a touch", said Zo.

Out of over 20 years of his career as an actor, this was his first shooting abroad for this long.

“It was just one movie, but it feels like we did 3~4 at once. There are a lot of meanings in having a meal together and we ate together more than in any other work. This was a group life impossible in any other movie makings. It was like having met a new family We woke up, ate, and talked after shooting together and it felt like meeting a new family.

Zo In-sung debuted as a model when he was in high school and started his acting career in 2000 with the drama “School”.

"Nothing has changed from that time. I had concerns back then and have concerns for now. When I was young, I thought that after about 20 years of acting career it would become an easy job, but it is still difficult and maybe that’s why I am still working as an actor.”

He said, “As my career became longer, the most fearful part was not being good at my profession” and added, “All I needed to do was just do it, but I think, what burdened me was wanting to be good at it.”

At the start of this year, he appeared on a variety show “Unexpected Business”, and recently has showed himself on YouTube channel in prior to the release of his comeback film in three years since the movie "The Great Battle". Also, after a long break he has been spending busy days taking part in the drama "Moving" and the movie "Smuggler".

About the spread of new platforms such as OTT, “Rather than sticking to the old days, we should adjust to the rapidly changing era”, and “I wish to actively play as an aspect that makes the work seem richer in many parts regardless of the size of the character if it is a good one.”

“I want to act freely. The crisis today is a period in which we inevitably have to think of how to communicate with the public. Like digging pearls while drowning I am wondering about what I can do in this situation. I want to expand the opportunities to approach to and communicate with the public through not only films but also drama and variety shows."



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