Top actor Lee Jung-jae surprised at his acting in upcoming Netflix original ‘Squid Game’

연합뉴스 / 2021-09-15 17:09:36
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▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows the drama poster for “Squid Game.” (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap) 


▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows actor Lee Jung-jae in "Squid Game."(PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap) 

SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Yonhap) — Netflix, a global online video service (OTT), will unveil its original drama series “Squid Game" around the world at 5 p.m. on Sept. 17.

Actor Lee Jung-jae, who challenged to transform his image by playing the main character Sung Ki-hoon, a person who is chased by private loans, said at an online press conference held on Wednesday, “I thought the scenario was really fun because it melts various situations and emotions really well. I was also curious about how the game would be implemented, and looked forward to the finished set.” 


▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows actor Lee Jung-jae. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap) 

Regarding his character Ki-hoon, Lee said, “I'm very optimistic, but I did have a lot of worries. Ki-hoon is someone who has to live with his sick parents, but he isn’t very successful with his job and has a hard time making money,” adding, “As a result, he stumbles across a game with a high amount of prize money. While playing the game, he gets along with other players and starts to risk his life to play.”

Lee also voiced his opinion on his title of an acting transformation. “I wouldn't say this is a transformation, but I laughed really hard for a while after watching the completed drama. I couldn’t believe I acted like that. However, now, I’m trying hard to get out of the character,” the actor said.

▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows actor Park Hae-soo. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Actor Park Hae-soo, who plays Ki-hoon’s friend Cho Sang-woo, said, "I didn't worry at all about playing together because I admire director Hwang Dong-hyuk and actor Lee Jung-jae," adding, "There are many human groups in the scenario, and their delicate psychological change and growth process was very interesting. I also wanted to see how these games would be implemented in person.”

As for Park’s character Sang-woo, the actor mentioned, “He has shared childhood memories with Ki-hoon, and is a graduate of a prestigious university. He manages to become the head of an investment team at a securities firm, but he falls into an abyss due to a wrong choice and participates in the game."

“It was very difficult to read Sang-woo's mind while acting, but as a result, what I figured out was that Sang-woo followed the only and most rational choices he had in the situation,” Park added.

The drama’s director, Hwang Dong-hyuk, who has previously directed films such as “Silenced,” “Miss Granny,” “The Fortress,” and "Collectors," was in charge of directing.

Director Hwang, who has challenged directing a drama for the first time, explained, "Squid games were played in alleys or playgrounds when I was young, and after becoming an adult, people who were driven into economic poverty gathered again to play the game with a high amont of prize money at stake. I think it's the most symbolic metaphor to the modern competitive society, so I decided to title the drama as squid game as well.”

Asked about casting Lee Jung-jae, director Hwang said, "Lee always look cool in movies but I had the mischievous mindset of wanting to break that image for once," adding, "But when Lee acts cool, there is a human side to that and I wanted to capture it on screen.”

In addition to Lee Jung-jae and Park Hae-soo, Oh Yeong-su, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryeong will appear. “Squid Game” consists of a total of eight episodes and teenage restricted.



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