south korean actor Lee Jong Jae When he didn’t have an American agent squid game (squid game) made him achieve global fame, in September 2021, but less than a year later he says he is open to opportunities around the world and For the first time in directing in Cannes.
first appearance feature, ChaseAnd He’s also a writer, star, and producer, and is a thriller spy story set in 1980s South Korea that follows two intelligence agents searching for an intruder in their ranks.
A frustrating assassination attempt on a South Korean president during a trip to Washington raises suspicions of a “spy” and unleashes a plot filled with explosions, manhunts, mistrust and special effects.
“As an actor, I’ve always been a fan of spy movies and had the opportunity to purchase the original script for this movie, which I thought had a lot of potential”Tell F This Sunday translated in Cannes, where his film was shown out of competition in the 75th edition of the competition, which ends on May 28.
He wasn’t thinking of being a director, but this time, while he was rewriting the script, he mustered up the courage to think he could also get behind the camera.
Lee (Seoul, 1972) admitted that being an actor, director, screenwriter, and producer at the same time was a stressful experience: “Since I played so many different roles, I didn’t have time to rest, I had to prepare for the next scene.”
He speaks in South Korean, is accompanied by an interpreter and is convinced that the language will not be a problem when working abroad.
“In the past, people would say that your pronunciation was weird or that you weren’t expressive enough because of that language barrier, but now I think language is not as important as who you are, your personality, your attractiveness, your talent, and you can use that to express yourself.”
Platforms like Netflix, where it was first shown squid gameAudiovisual productions in different languages have helped push boundaries, he emphasized.
“They have allowed travel to different cultures and I am very happy that this happened. We finally have easy access and a deeper understanding of other cultures and I hope a better understanding will lead to more exchanges.”.
He added that the series’ premiere helped him to be known around the world and to receive “good offers from many different places”. “On a professional level, I have more opportunities and I am open.”
creator squid gameHwang Dong Hyuk confirmed last Wednesday in an interview with the magazine Vanity Fair That the second season will be released in late 2023 or even 2024 because the script is still in its infancy.
In the short term, Lee is not considering directing again: “I define myself as an actor. I really like acting and want to focus more on that, although if there is an opportunity to direct again I can take advantage of it.” The actor, who considers his presence in Cannes, concluded with his first film, “Definitely an honor.” (me)
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